So there you go: the last match day of the 2010-2011 season has been played, and the 18 Bundesliga teams is divided into two camps – the winners and the losers. Nevertheless, deciding which teams belong to which category is a matter of personal interpretation – and here’s mine.
It’s usually Stefan Reichart’s job to report about the Bundesliga on this blog, but since he’s on holiday, he asked me to take over. What I’ve been asking myself since he told me his holiday dates, though, is whether he decided to be away this week in particular because he expected HSV, the team he supports, to get beaten by Mainz and didn’t fancy having to write about it. If he did, mind you, there wasn’t much point, because as it turned out, HSV put a 1:0 stop to Mainz run of seven victories in a row.
He lurks. He is patient. Praying on naivety, choosing the right moment, he makes him move. He rarely misses an opportunity. You might wish he were not there, but ignoring him doesn’t make him any less real.
The bogeyman is no other than the team people love to hate – Bayern Munich. The Bavarians are adept at snatching titles at the last minute. Ask Leverkusen. Or, for the crowning glory of the bogeyman’s triumphs, ask Schalke.
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However, in sixth place, with an indifferent start to the season, Munich are hardly cruising. Dutch coach Louis van Gaal has yet to have the expected impact. A 2-1 away victory this weekend was enough to see off Freiburg, but problems remain.