Written on 21st January on Blogger.
Everyone has a point to prove.
All the 22 players approach the game with one objective of winning but surely they have different perspective. to it. Some of them want to perform so they can win the place back in the starling line up or to maintain it. Some of them are looking for that marquee goal or appearance. Some of them are regaining fitness. Some of them want to impress the national team manager or a scout. Some of them could be playing be silence the critics as well. But some one might be playing with a perspective of shutting up the blabbering opponents and prove a point.
I watched Borussia Mönchengladbach playing at home to Bayern Munich last night. There was one man playing with the intention of proving the point. His name, Marco Reus. He had to silence the mighty Bavarians. And he did it.
Marco Reus’ transfer saga ensured heated atmosphere in Bundesliga’s extended winter break.
Being called as FC Hollywood, Bayern Munich were sure of luring this upcoming superstar of German football to Allianz Arena in summer. Traditionally Bayern have been relentless in luring big players / potential stars and have much success. It all seemed just a matter of time.
In December, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge commented, “It is not a bad decision to stay one more year and make further progress, because the pressure at a club like Gladbach or Dortmund is lower than that at Bayern”.
But complacency is a big “C” word in football.
Reus instead turned down Bayern’s advances and opted to join his home town club in the summer, none other than Bavarians’ arch rivals, Borussia Dortmund, for €17.5m (£14.6m) on a four-and-half-year deal.
That sparked a bitter reaction from the Munich camp.
Bayern sporting director Christian Nerlinger did not show any reaction, claiming his side were “in no way disappointed,” and that his club were not completely convinced by Reus. Bayern defender Holger Badstuber commented, “Maybe he decided not to move to Bayern because as a young player, he desperately needs match practice.” Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes responded, claiming that Bayern have historically always been at the top. Dortmund, he said, as well as Gladbach and Bremen, had good spells in their histories but eventually fell from the top. Apparently the negotiations between Bayern and Reus broke over promise of regular first team opportunities.
To all this saga, Reus responded, “I know what really happened, this is what matters. We’ll see them on the pitch!”.
And boy, he showed up with a possessed mind. Only aim was to destroy Bayern and make a fool out of them.
Bayern themselves had entered in this tie as winter champions and 3 points clear of Dortmund and 4 of Gladbach. The game started as if it was a chess. Both sides trying to be cagey. It was clear whoever scores the opening goal, would go on to dictate the terms. Reus showed immense class yesterday and controlled the game by duly scoring the opener on 14th minute, thanks to Manuer Neuer’s blunder.
For poor Neuer it was a Deja Vu. On the opening day of the season in the same fixture at home, Bayern had lost to Gladbach due to his blunder and on the 1st day after the winter break, in the reverse fixture, Neuer did it again. Off his line, Neuer passed the ball directly to Marco Reus, who collected and fired in the bottom left corner from the distance.
Watch the Reus goal, Neuer gaffe >>>>>> Here
Reus was at the action again, this time giving a wonderful through ball to Patrick Herrmann on 71st minute. Herrmann, already having scored a goal earlier in the 1st half, neatly rounded Neuer to complete his brace and give Gladbach an unassailable 3-0 lead. Although Bayern pulled one goal back, it was too little, too late.
Reus had an agenda, and he executed it to perfection. He made a point.
Your point has been noted, Son !!!
Watch the goals from Borussia Mönchengladbach v Bayern Munich >>>>>>> Here