The Bundesliga referees did their best to force Bayern Munich to drop points against Hertha Berlin. The Bavarians beat the lesser-known Berlin side 3-2 to stay at the top of the table for now. Goals from Jamal Musiala and the legendary Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (x2) were enough to deny Dodi Lukbakio and Davy Selke’s efforts. What were the highlights of today’s game?
As I said earlier, for a team at the bottom of the Bundesliga, Hertha were unusually attacking minded and gave Bayern all sorts of problems, Dodi Lukaku among them. Man, this guy really has something against us, no one knows why. Anyway, Hertha had some good chances attacking especially from the wings and they got two before the break and caught Bayern napping. Failing to capitalize on those chances is Bayern’s saving grace when everyone seems to be running out of energy and it’s only November. I wonder why that is.
FIFA is indirectly pushing players to their limits.
Having a big international soccer tournament in the middle of the season is always a bad idea, but now everyone can see the toll it takes on national team players at club level. Teams are forced to play games in a short period of time, which creates a gap of three days between games. An increased workload means a higher chance of taking an injury, and Alphonso Davies and Leon Goretzka seem to have done just that.
With the World Cup starting in two weeks, everyone is starting to protest. A big banner reading “Boycott Qatar 2022” was also displayed in today’s match. FIFA needs to rethink their approach to these tournaments because the glory can be determined by how things stand.
Bayern are the architects of their own downfall.
I’d say Hertha’s players end up being let down by the ref and VAR as if they were playing with each shoe tied to the other, but this time I’ll take a different approach. Bayern must go to sleep before they have a chance to easily take the game back to another team. Bayern can’t get away with not always being able to kill games, the Champions League will start again next year. This is an event that deserves serious attention because it could be something that kills us instead of the game.
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