FC Bayern players dishonoured the Mia san mia motto on their shirts in a 1:4 loss against VfB Stuttgart on Saturday, showing a lack of interest in sending off a legendary coach.
Talk about a lack of professionalism. The three points meant nothing since the league title was already in the bag. Only a DFB-Pokal final remains in the season. However, this edition of FC Bayern will be remembered as the one that sent Jupp Heynckes off with an ugly defeat.
Win or lose, the players have to give a reasonably good enough effort to be competitive. On Saturday, they were not. On Stuttgart’s fourth goal, Sven Ulreich was left alone to defend his net. The back line quit playing and watched him trying to push back against two attackers. WTF?
Earlier on the day, Rafinha’s and Niklas Süle’s half-efforts were easily overcome by Anastasios Donis’ pace and dribbling. Without being world-class, VfB’s attack seemed excellent.
When you have a legend at the helm, you try a little harder instead of quitting. The players should have distributed the beer among fans at the Allianz Arena instead of showing each other. A cold one can’t hurt after seeing an uninspired performance!
It seemed like Franck Ribéry, James Rodríguez and Corentin Tolisso were the only men trying to make something serious happen.
First, Ribéry did not produce much, but he kept challenging the defense on the left wing with runs and one-on-one challenges. He unfortunately walked into double and triple coverage, often without much support.
Tolisso’s headers were better than Robert Lewandowski’s and some of his attempts inside the penalty area were more convincing than the Pole’s. It is not the first time that someone else looks more like a striker than the designated striker in the starting lineup this season.
That’s not normal.
Don’t worry about the shorts
Not everybody likes the new home kit. Fans in the stands complained about the blue shorts, as you can see below:
Criticism of Bayern's new change kit. "Our colours are red and white what's this blue shit? pic.twitter.com/397I4VpVv3
— Mark Lovell (@LovellLowdown) May 12, 2018
I wish to reassure the fans that those short may be short-lived. Pun intended.
Do you remember that the new home kit featured white shorts a couple of years back? The team only used them a few times after their introduction and went back to red shorts shortly thereafter.
If red and blue is not your thing, you are not likely to have a bone to pick for long. A few games here and there to boost their sales in the fan shops will probably be all you see.