Alicia continues with the final part of her matchday 8 review. With no Axel this week we thought you would like a final reminder of what happened last weekend before Borussia Mönchengladbach and Eintracht Frankfurt get this weekend's action underway tonight!
“Bundesliga? Boring? You’re talking about the wrong league.”
Since our editor Axel Falk had posted an SGE-focused report of the Hamburg-Frankfurt match, I’m thinking of capturing this duel from another angle… A dinosaur’s eye view, you might say.
Unlike Die Knappen, Hamburger SV’s morale was at a high point considering their reasonably recent history. The previous matchday the Red Shorts managed to hold Borussia Mönchengladbach to a goalless draw but they weren’t so lucky when they hosted Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday night. Despite their diligent pressing in the early minutes of the game, Lewis Holtby’s attempt to save Branimir Hrgota’s cross turned into an own goal. And since Hamburg is… Well, Hamburg, they didn’t recover. To add insult to injury, Dennis Diekmeier got sent off, opening the floodgates for amazing assists by Marco Fabian (who almost scored himself!) and goals by Shani Tarashaj and Haris Seferovic.
Poor, poor Hamburg!
While the Eagles cruised to their fourth win in a row, the Volksparkstadion side had to end the week as Rote Laterne with a mere 2 points and a pathetic -13 goal differential that put them behind fellow slow-starters FC Ingolstadt 04 (2 points, -10 GD).
More stats you might find interesting:
Sh*tty debut from Gisdol? Check. Now it’s time for the sh*tty debut from VfL Wolfsburg’s interim coach, Valérien Ismaël!
The Wolves dominated possession in the early exchanges, but their lack of purpose proved fatal. In the 23rd minute, defender Jeffrey Bruma was shown a red card for a foul on László Kleinheisler. The ensuing free kick by Änis “Spider-Man” Ben-Hatira was nothing short of sublime. Mario Gomez managed an equalizer on the 1-hour mark but it just wasn’t his day as the home team continued to play well and scored two more goals courtesy of Kleinheisler and Sandro Sirigu.
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BULI THAT I USED TO KNOW?
Good thing Dieter Hecking didn’t want his team to be called a ‘Bayern hunter’, because this season they sure aren’t.
“Welcome to the chopping block!”
Also known as the Triple Markus Combo (assuming Werder and Wolfsburg know better than to fire their brand-new coaches)! I’m betting on Gisdol to be sacked first, Weinzierl second, and Kauczinski third. And I think Andre Schubert may be the fourth on this list. Why? Because Gladbach have only won one Bundesliga away game in fifteen. The Foals, like the clubs I mentioned above, have surprised almost everyone with a loss to freaking Freiburg and drawing to Hamburg. But from a rational standpoint, this isn’t that big of a surprise, because like Weinzierl (formerly of Jahn Regensburg and Augsburg) and Kauczinski (Schalke U16, then 2. Bundesliga/3. Liga’s Karlsruher SC), Schubert doesn’t have much experience in managing a first-tier club, much less a European contender.
Let’s see his track record:
Exactly. How many of you have heard of KSV Baunatal? Fourth division club Hessen Kassel – and of course, Gladbach II – are a bit more familiar, but it’s still pushing it. His only experience in managing professional clubs was at Paderborn and St. Pauli (both in 2. Bundesliga at the time), and when he does get to coach Borussia’s first team, he practically inherited Lucien Favre’s squad. When he started to implement his own tactics, the results weren’t stellar. Besides that, his squad management put even Pep to shame. Many of his boys are appearing in three competitions at once. So, what’s your verdict? Is he as screwed as the men in the Bundesliga’s hot seats? Would you let him ruin the Triple Markus Combo?
Well, I certainly would.
See you tonight for the ninth matchday!
Bundeslihaha Creator and all-round top lass