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Never mind, I think I've already gotten an answer to the CB question, haha. Seems like a good signing.
Yeesh... Uncomfortable opening games for Dortmund and Schalke, and Bayern's wasn't quite as smooth as it could have been either (still a good performance, especially by Gaudino). I wonder how many more chances Keller is going to get... Leverkusen is looking more exciting and promising than they have in years though, which is very good. Fingers crossed that they won't embarrass the league in the CL again. And hopefully our teams can recover from their respective injury blights.
Any word on Bayern's pursuit of another CB so far? Not really sure what to believe right now. Seems to have quietened down a bit of late.
Fair enough. I guess it's just disappointing that it's come to this, really. What happened to clubs respecting each other rather than taking every opportunity to take shots at one another? It's a bit sad, really.
And then we come to Beckenbauer's comments from today. Why he even had to get involved in the first place I will never know, but to say this? And especially after Watzke just told Bayern that they have no reason to talk about a player on another team.
“I can imagine him (Reus) at Bayern very well. If he doesn’t go to Bayern in 2015, he will probably go to another big club like Real Madrid or Manchester United.”
“Dortmund will probably not be able to hold on to him. I can understand why Dortmund don’t like discussion about Reus.”
I cannot see any reason why saying this would be necessary.
Trust me, I understand the argument that Bayern are simply looking for the best players possible. I will say that I take issue with the argument that "Dortmund wouldn't pass up the opportunity to sign Bayern's best players" because everyone knows fully well that they simply cannot do this, which sort of makes it a pointless riposte. If there's one major weakness in the Bundesliga, it's that instead of a "big two" or "big three" that are on relatively level terms ability-wise and financially, there is just a "big one": Bayern. Bayern have a massive advantage over pretty much every other club in terms of finances, and they seem to be taking every opportunity to rub it in their rivals' faces right now.
That's what people take issue with: what Bayern are doing isn't illegal, but it's underhanded, selfish, and arrogant, and it is getting to the point where they're endangering the very fabric of the league. After having signed two of their nearest competitor's most important players, they're blatantly trying to unsettle the club's (arguably) most important remaining player. The Bayern hierarchy are at present essentially being bullies for no reason, given the huge advantages they already have over Dortmund. They're kicking a club while it's recovering from being knocked down (i.e. losing Lewy -- which was, again, perfectly legal). What they're currently doing isn't illegal, but it's underhanded, dirty, childish, and classless. There is a bit of a reason why there's a common image of the Bundesliga title race as a contest between the Rebel Alliance (Dortmund) and the Galactic Empire (Bayern) -- regardless of how inaccurate one may believe this image to be.
Question for you about Bayern: is Pep still going through with his three-at-the-back formation (I think it's 3-4-3)? I haven't really seen too much of Bayern's pre-season games (can be difficult to find streaming options for friendlies). I'd be interested in seeing how that works.
I agree with you. Going for Kagawa again would be a greater risk than people seem to realize: he'd have to re-acclimatize the the league again, he's lost his form dramatically, and there isn't as much space for him in the team anymore to give him the playing time he'd need. I think that if Reus WERE to leave this summer, Klopp would probably go for someone like Roberto Firmino instead: highly creative, used to the league, and shows immense potential. Exactly the sort of player that Klopp would be able to get the most out of. Although I would be loathe to wish for BVB to sign another promising club's star player...
I can't help but feel that Reus is holding out for a bigger offer from Dortmund. He may well leave the club next summer, but I can't imagine he'd be unaware of the amounts of money clubs would be willing to pay for him. I could see him pulling a Draxler and extending his contract simply so the club could get more money if he does decide to leave. My obvious hope is that he'll commit to the project for the long run and become even more of a club icon; let's face it, the Bundesliga really does need players of his quality -- especially on teams other than Bayern. ;-)
One thing though: it is kind of difficult to argue that Rummenigge's comments over the past week were particularly necessary or justified -- not just from a Dortmund fan's viewpoint, but also from a neutral perspective. My main issue with them is that there really wasn't any particular need to say anything about another club's player or his contract, and choosing to talk about it -- and saying what he has while doing so -- on several occasions in a matter of days does rather seem to lack any amount of respect or class.
I'm definitely interested. I've been wondering where those guys went to.
I usually read them but I only post here for now.
In case you were still wondering, here's a quote from Watzke about the possibility of re-signing Kagawa this summer: "There is absolutely nothing in this whole thing. Our squad building is, more or less, done." Not particularly surprising, but still a bit disappointing. It's a shame to see him wasted at Man United.