Always White and Blue! – The Hinrunde

 

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Well. The Hinrunde has come to a close and we have a surprise leader in the 2.Bundesliga.

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I believe the technical term is “Awwww yeah!”.

We had an excellent first half of the season after we crashed out of the DFB Pokal in the 1st round. In what is becoming a bit of an issue we just cannot seem to deal with tall, powerful players in the air and that is what costed us in the cup. In any event we are playing some great football and thoroughly deserve our place at the pointy end (if I do say so myself). Our play has been made possible by the midfield pairing of Adlung and Liendl who offer a lot going forwards but track back equally as well. In the DM slot, Boya is showing a lot and is keeping Lacazette out of the side. Gytkjær is apparently in contention for the Danish national team and has been very impressive.

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Interestingly, we seem to be more adventurous away from home. I suspect that this is because teams seem more intent on attacking leading to more opportunities. I could be wrong but, in any event, scoring 22 goals in 9 away games is cause for great optimism. At home we are very solid only conceding 3 times. As the fixture list shows, when we lose we don’t get blown out. Perhaps there is a link to our high determination as a squad? Dunno…

Gee. I’m not being very helpful here!

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We have three 1-0 losses this season. In each we have won the possession battle, had more shots, had better chances and watched as our forwards appear to be teletubbies with vertigo whilst our opposition take advantage of their limited opportunities. Very frustrating. Against Heidenheim we simply sleepwalked through the match. It was very flat and even a change to attacking in the second half didn’t even seem to have any effect. C’est la vie.

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We are adept at getting the ball into dangerous areas. With the majority of our goals coming from near and around the penalty spot. Mind you, our opposition seem to be getting those sorts of chances too. Still, when it all comes down to it, it’s all about having more than the other guy which we are doing.

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Guess which wing Aigner plays on? The right winger has been dominant with a string of excellent performances. We play with two IF(s) and a False Nine with our centre mids arriving late to get on the end of square balls or crosses. Interestingly we have scored 9 goals from corners. I knew we had a few as we tend to force a save and then with numbers in the box someone blasts in the rebound, but 9 is quite something. The forward setup works well with 12 goals coming from through balls. Me likee.

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One thing that I have always struggled with is squad rotation. I have been a bit better at it so far but it is still something that could be improved. The young Uduokhai has been fantastic in defence but he is still prone to the odd lapse in judgement. But that’s OK. Aigner has been fantastic as mentioned and Gytkjær has been very lively chipping in 8 goals and 5 assists. For me though, the real performer has been Liendl. 8 goals and 4 assists as one of our central midfielders is superb and he has honestly been the difference in several matches.

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They would have been fools not to extend the contract of such a modest and transcendent talent.

Well that’s all for now. There will be another update discussing our youth intake and the results of the Rückrunde to come.

FÜR IMMER WEIß UND BLAU!

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