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How to turbo charge fc bayern munich's offense copy


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This is a game analysis and team strategy review that shows how to turbo-charge FC Bayern Munich's offense and tighten up on defense, following their anemic start following the winter break in the Bundesliga. The article discusses player assignments, offense and defensive tactical strategies.

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How to turbo charge fc bayern munich's offense copy

  1. 1. How to turbo-charge FC Bayern Munich’s offense andtighten up on defenseby Richard Wiegand of on February 6, 2012Why FC Bayern Munich is my favorite teamAs you probably noticed by now, many of my world soccer commentaries are related to FCBayern Munich of the Bundesliga. That’s because I have been following Bayern Munich since Iwas a little boy, and in fact my first soccer jersey was a Bayern Munich replica. I have met FranzBeckenbauer and Sepp Maier even played indoor soccer with Gerd Mueller at the FC BayernMunich club headquarters on Sebenerstrasse in Munich. So like many of you soccer fans, I havea passion for one team in particular – and it is FC Bayern Munich.FC Bayern Munich_the Glory Days (1970s)As my blog posts and videos on show, however, I really appreciategreat soccer/football from anywhere and everywhere in the world. That’s why I’ve done afew videos highlighting FC Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund as well. When I get around to it, Iwill also do some videos about teams from the English Premier League and also from the ItalianSerie A.But for now, I’d like to talk about FC Bayern and the difficulty they’re having getting backinto gear after the winter break.Excuses, excusesIn the second Bundesliga match since the winter break, FC Bayern tied Hamburg away 1-1.Admittedly, it was freezing cold, which makes the pitch hard and difficult to control the ball.This is a plus for the underdog – in this case, Hamburg SV.In addition, referee Kircher called back an own goal from Westermann’s header in the 15thminute due to a so-called push from Mario Gomez – which in my humble opinion was highlydebatable. I watched the video several times and could not find the foul that Mr. Kircher saw. SoFC Bayern was denied what was most likely a legitimate goal.
  2. 2. Poor marking by Philip Lahm, again – time to change the captainHaving said that, FC Bayern definitely has some loose screws to tighten up in the back. In the23rd minute, Hamburg’s Paolo Guerrero switched the ball to the top of the right side of the boxto Sala, who was completely unmarked – who then half-volleyed the ball into the lower leftcorner past Manuel Neuer. The immediate question that comes to mind is: “Why was Salaunmarked?”Hamburgs Sala left unmarked by Philip LahmThis is not the first time that Lahm has shirked his responsibilities as a left back. I can dig up atleast 7 goals from the archives where he has had defensive lapses marking opponents. For a leftback, this is fatal. As a team captain, he should definitely know better. In fact, I would go so faras to say that if I were the coach of FC Bayern, I would not start Lahm. He is way toodangerous for me as a defender. Sometimes, you can make an exception for an overlappingback (like FC Barcelona’s Danni Alves, FC Bayern’s Rafinha, or Schalke 04′s Fuchs) if theyhelp generate more scoring chances offensively than they give up as defenders by not markingup properly from time to time.But Philip Lahm has not been all that effective as an attacking or overlapping left back of lateeither. And as you may know, Lahm is not the tallest player on the pitch – this is a majornegative for a defenders who must fight to win head-balls in or around the box. So the questionarises, why does FC Bayern have Lahm on defense and give him the helm (captain-ship) ofthe team? This is a real problem for the team going forward – to have an unreliable defender asyour captain.Boring attack formationsOne of the most critical areas of concern is the Bayern attack. I have been studying the Bayernattack over the past two weeks and really must say that I find it to be quite boring, especiallywhen compared to coach Klopp’s attack formations for Borussia Dortmund. The Dortmundattacks are lightning fast, they all involve attackers that accelerate to goal, and they arevaried. Bayern attacks are slow in comparison and usually involve a gradual buildup out ofthe back with width-wise passes connecting the dots as the entire Bayern team advancessteadily out of the back. No blitz passes through the seams or gaps. Shots are almost non-existent. With Bayern it’s typical and predictable: try to swing the ball around the top of the area(much like basketball players pass the ball around the key) and try to work your way inside orcross the ball from the wings. No acceleration + no shots = no scoring chances = boring soccer.
  3. 3. Coach Heynckes really has to go back to the drawing board and study the Dortmund and FCBarcelona attacks. He has to get some fresh ideas fast. While Heynckes is certainly a hugeimprovement over Luis van Gaal with his nauseating sideways possession style of play, he canadmittedly do some more homework on attack football strategies.1000 minutes for Gomez for every 10 minutes for Olic – is this fair or prudent?Another area of huge concern for me (and many Bayern fans I’m sure), is player assignmentsand substitutions that Heynckes is making of late. Can someone tell me why a coach would givea center-forward like Mario Gomez 1000 minutes of playing time where he generatesmaybe two goals – when a sub like Ivica Olic comes in for 10-15 minutes late in the gameand scores every time? How much time does Mario Gomez need? It just doesn’t make anysense Is it fair to reward the under-performers when the more efficient players are sitting on thebench? Olic has already said that he wants to leave Bayern because he feels that he deservesmore playing time. That would be a shame.FC Bayern Munichs Mario Gomez and Ivica Olic: competing for the same position?Where is Luis Gustavo? Is Kross really a better player than Gustavo?Another player assignment issue that really gets on my nerves as a Bayern fan is Toni Kroosover Luis Gustavo. I would take Gustavo over Kroos any day. As I suggested in previous posts,Toni Kroos is not Bayern material. He is not tough enough. He is too dainty. Psychologicallyspeaking, this is fatal to the spirit of the team. At least Schweinsteiger goes in when he has to andwins the ball back from the opposition. Messi does this brilliantly also. Watch Messi when heloses the ball – he fights like the devil to win it back immediately. He is a two-way player. Forme, Kross is a one-way player. He only wants the ball passed to him and stands over the ball totake free kicks. Have you noticed (Mr. Heynckes), that as soon as Kroos is subbed out, Bayernstarts to play much better?
  4. 4. FC Bayern Toni Kroos vs Luis GustavoLately, even his free kicks end up being blocked by the opposition. But my experience playingand coaching the game suggests that players who don’t fight to win back the ball and who wouldrather receive the ball instead are shunned by teammates, and deservedly so. Until he improveshis mental and physical toughness, Kross should not start for Bayern, even if he is national teamplayer. He would flourish more on another team like a Leverkusen or Bremen. But please, notBayern Munich.Tell the Bayern management should tell Nerlinger to act more maturelyThe last thing I’m going to say is that the Bayern management should control guys like Nerlingerinside the management. You may or may not have heard about his hoax of a press conferenceannouncing the signing of a “bomb” of a star forward forward for Bayern Munich. I thought thatwas so lame, disrespectful to all the Bayern fans as well as a sign of having no class. In any otherpublicly traded company, Nerlinger would have been fired. It’s a miracle that the Bayern fanstook it as well as they did. The Bayern management should not forget its great history as a club –to have jerks like Nerlinger steering the ship really makes you wonder.Nerlinger FC Bayern Munich mgr left thousands of Bayern fans hanging at a recent hoax pressconference
  5. 5. The bottom line is that FC Bayern Munich really has to address these major issues and fixthem fast if they want to stand a chance in the final rounds of the Champions League and have ashot at the Bundesliga title. Right now, Dortmund is on a roll, their system rocks, and they’releaving Bayern Munich in the dust.