Wolfsburg - a factory and then what?
When the editors of schwatzgelb.com met on Saturday, we had the chance to share our writing experiences and discuss about our works. It is remarkable that nearly everybody complained about the current season in fact of the circumstance that it is really though to write a report without repeating yourself every week. And so I feel today. I could write something hysteric about the draw against VfB Stuttgart and the imminent fall from grace (by the way nonsense) or something about the meteoric rising of the youngsters – but I won't. Instead I will focus on the thrilling team from Wolfsburg (Warning: Passage includes ironic remarks).
Wolfsburg – a factory and then what? What should one write about this town and club? Maybe that VfL Wolfsburg is also called Volkswagen Wolfsburg in Germany? Or something about the glorious summer of 2009 while dictator Felix Magath achieved the trick to lead this plastic club to its first championship? Since a decade Volkswagen is in a generous mood and Magath used this situation to gather masses of players. He formed them to a working construct. Back then hundreds of thousands celebrated the championship around the factory and their prefabricated stadium. Time leap. The rats left the sinking ship. Felix Magath left towards Scheisse to finish their policy of extermination and legionaries like Andrea Barzagli and Edin Dzeko moved on on their pursuit of happiness ($). Ruins remained and are still remaining. Steve McClaren struggles with his left legion hardly. With 23 points they are only ranked on the eleventh place. With skipper Dzeko one of the most dangerous strikers left the Bundesliga towards Manchester City. Grafite the second striker who is worth mentioning is injured and will not be able to play on Saturday. According to the club's website VW loanes a striker called Mbokani from AS Monaco until the rest of the season. There is not anything more to know.
As if it was not enough that some supporters of Borussia lowered their heads after the unfortunate draw against VfB Stuttgart a really bad news reached the fanbase on Wednesday. Our Asian midfielder Shinji Kagawa sustained an injury during the semifinal against South Korea. He will probably be out of action for the remaining season with a midfoot rupture. Poor Shinji! Nevertheless the editors and me rate our squad as good enough to close the gap Kagawa leaves behind. All eyes on Robert Lewandowski, Mario Götze and Mohamed Zidan!
Promising news can be reported by Lucas Barrios: According to coach Jürgen Klopp the striker who was not in the starting line-up against Stuttgart because of training deficit will be back on the pitch "if nothing strange happens". Furthermore Sven Bender was able to work out with the team again on Wednesday. Klopp stated: "What he does looks great". Antonio da Silva is in the same situation, after a capsule injury his appeareance is not in danger.
All in all one could say that it is a week that should be forgotton - but hopefully it will stay in our mind with a peacable weekend and three hijacked points from Wolfsburg.
VfL Wolfsburg: Benaglio - Pekarik, Madlung, Friedrich, Schäfer - Josué, Kahlenberg (Riether) - Dejagah, Diego, Cicero - Mbokani.
Questionable: Grafite, Riether.
Missing: Hasebe, Mandzukic, Cigerci, Kjaer.
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer - Bender, Sahin - Kuba (Lewandowski), Götze, Großkreutz - Barrios.
Substitute's Bench: Langerak - Santana, Dede, da Silva, Feulner, Hajnal, Zidan, Lewandowski.
Missing: Kagawa, Kehl, Kringe, Owomoyela.
Referee: Knut Kircher (Rottenburg/Baden-Wuerttemberg).
Kickoff: 29th of January – 15.30. p.m. CET
Stadium: VolkswagenArena - 30,000 seats – sold out – nearly 10,000 supporters of Borussia are expected