FC Bayern: Stuttgart, Inter and More
Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Stuttgart...
If one is inclined to think that Bayern's defence is sickening, one should look at Stuttgart's defence.
Bayern played two games against Stuttgart, both in the Mercedez Benz Arena, to end the year.
The first of the two games took place in the final match day in the league. Bayern led 3-0 with goals from Mario Gomez, Thomas Mueller and Franck Ribery at halftime. They conceded one after the break from Martin Harnik, but a quick-fire brace from Mario Gomez saw them lead 5-1. Bayern conceded another two goals—one from Harnik and the other from Christian Gentner, but still went onto win 5-3.
Three days later, they played Stuttgart in the German Cup (DFB Pokal). Bruno Labbadia watched his former club take a 2-0 lead through a stunner from Andreas Ottl and another less spectacular one from Gomez.
Mueller played an excellent match. Stuttgart came back and levelled following a double strike by Pavel Pogrebnyak.
In the second half, Miroslav Klose scored to give Bayern the lead. Stuttgart had Khalid Boulahrouz sent off moments later. However, due to Bayern's habit of falling asleep at vital moments, Stuttgart managed to earn a penalty. Christian Gentner saw his effort saved by Hans-Joerg Butt.
Stuttgart did get a third moments later, when Mathieu Delpierre equalized for his side.
Mueller restored Bayern's lead and Klose scored another to double the lead. Delpierre was sent off a minute later and Franck Ribery scored with a header to end the game.
Bayern has drawn Alemannia Aachen in the quarter finals of the Cup.
It's transfer season—and the rumours circulating around Bavaria are mostly about players leaving.
Firstly, the situation with Mark Van Bommel is a strange one. When he was substituted against Stuttgart in the Pokal, he seemed to be saying a sort of muted goodbye to the fans; however, Karl Heinz Rummenigge recently stated that Van Bommel is not leaving until the end of the season.
This deal is apparently almost a done deal: Martin Demichelis on loan to Malaga. Demichelis is apparently excited about the move to Spain.
Funnily enough, the official Bayern website hasn't yet made an official statement about the loan deal. His partner in crime, Daniel Van Buyten, could have moved to Hamburg; however, Hamburg failed to give in to his high wage demands.
The Lazio fans were excited when Miro Klose stated that he would like a move to Rome; however, Lazio has not made any offers and it is very unlikely that Bayern will let him go before the end of the season.
As far as players coming in are concerned, the rumours have been circulating about Leighton Baines and Edin Dzeko.
Bayern drew the team that made sure that they wouldn't get their hands on the trophy, despite being within touching distance of it in the Champions League.
Inter have had a pretty poor season; however, after winning the Club World Cup they sacked Rafa Benitez. Walter Zenga will likely take over.
Whether this plays into Bayern's hands is questionable. With the return of Arjen Robben and Holger Badstuber after the winter break, Bayern will be a stronger side.
Well, that's about it from me. The Bundesliga resumes in mid-January. Until then, let's hope Robben gets himself prepared for the second half of a gruelling campaign in three competitions.
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