You say you want a revolution…

October 20, 2008

Bayern relief

Bayern Munich thought they were getting instant Revolution when they hired Juergen Klinsmann but, with apologies for mixing up my rock references, at the moment it’s a case of “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss“.

Klinsmann has given his squad a plush new training complex, complete with Buddha statues, and the players can take language lessons while they chill out between sessions, but when it comes to the football, the coach is finding it tougher to exert his influence.

Klinsmann was certainly keen to experiment early on. He gave 18-year-old winger Toni Kroos a place in the starting line-up for the first league match and kept faith with a three-man defence for as long as he decently could.

He then tried dropping his captain, Mark van Bommel, and switching Martin Demichelis from centre back to central midfield, yet with results refusing to improve the coach reverted to to a tried and trusted formula for Saturday’s game against Karlsruhe.

Klinsmann sent the team out with the old 4-4-2 formation, with Van Bommel back in midfield alongside Ze Roberto, and Franck Ribery and Bastian Schweinsteiger as wide men.

It was essentially the same team and tactics used by Ottmar Hitzfeld last season and while the football was far from pretty it did at least bring the desired result, with Miroslav Klose converting a cross from Massimo Oddo for the only goal four minutes from time.

Bayern fans must be casting envious glances at Hoffenheim, who briefly took over at the top of the table after winning 5-2 away to Hanover 96 (helped, it must be said, by some spectacularly bad goalkeeping from Florian Fromlowitz).

Hoffenheim are playing in the Bundesliga for the first time and are clearly enjoying the ride. In their last four games they have scored 15 goals and conceded nine, with the attacking trio of Ibisevic, Obasi and Ba collectively running riot.

That was pretty much what we were expecting from Klinsmann’s Bayern, wasn’t it?


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I never realised before that general manager Uli Hoeness sat on the bench with Klinsmann until I saw the highlights this weekend. How weird for Klinsi to have what is effectively his boss sat next to him. It must cramp his style a bit. What does Hoeness think it achieves?

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Hoeness used to sit next to the General and planned to no longer sit there until Klinsmann asked him to (this is according to an interview I read with Hoeness).

Personally I don’t see how changing the formation represents a revolution, and going to 4-4-2 represents the old ways.

I recall Gus Hiddink (from yet another interview I read) say something along the lines of formation does not matter, it is more how the players play. From this statement it would appear that the General (Hitzfeld) had a better understanding of modern play, particularly with how he positioned Ze Roberto and Van Bommel as opposed to the perhaps micro-managed line-ups that Klinsmann has been thus far.

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Sorry for going off topic but this regarding the Carlos Tevez contract issue…

Forget about the asking price but I do believe that Fergie should give Tevez more playing time rather than keeping him warm on the bench. When he first came last season he did look a bit rusty but look what happen later?

Ronaldo may have scored 30 plus goals but Tevez scored some critical goal (last minute ones against Spurs and Blackburn) that allowed United to capture the Premiership and Champions League.

I have just posted an article related to this story by stating my point of view on this whole matter. I would appreciate if you check it out and perhaps leave your thoughts/opinions on the comment box. 8/10/united-ready-to-axe-tevez.html

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The strange thing is seeing Klinsmann and Hoeness hugging each other like a pair of drunk fans in the pub whenever Bayern score. It’s 2-0 v Fiorentina at the moment and they can’t keep their hands off one another.

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I am just happy that Bayern are winning! It does not matter if revolution took place or not, what matters to us FC BAYERN fans is that Bayern continue to win :) Fc Bayern uber alles !

Posted by Louis Cordina | Report as abusive

Hi Louis. Funnily enough, I think Bayern finally started to look like a Klinsmann team in their first game after I wrote this. Against Fiorentina they were confident, creative and tenacious in attac, and made hair-raising mistakes in midfield. It was like watching Klinsmann’s Germany against Costa Rica in the World Cup!

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To be fair, as long as the results are in our favour, it doesn’t matter what formation (or ‘revolution) we use.

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