Lets tame the red devils - again
Once upon a time, there was the football God. And when he created sunny and wonderful Dortmund, he figured there must be something opposite as well. While Scheisse 04 seems more like an accident or bad effort, the hell he created is called 1. FC Kaiserslautern. In 1997, Kaiserslautern managed to promote from the second Bundesliga to the first one again. The new year in the first league concluded in winning the German Championship under Otto Rehagel. It must have been the devil's work. The following years, Kaiserslautern didn't accomplish to keep up to the high level of playing football and went more and more downhill.
Our personal crisis in connection with Kaiserslautern would probably be the last game of the season 2004/2005 on their "Betzenberg". We had to win against them in order to play the Uefa Cup the next season. All we accomplished was a 1-1. Our little neighbour Bochum went international instead. I remember being in the stadium back then and I decided that I would very much dislike Kaiserslautern from now on. They are a team with long tradition, but to me, they were pure evil. Devil's work. Thanks to the football God though, they went downwards, straight into the second Bundesliga again and so we didn't really have to bother with them anymore. Until last year when the red devils knocked on our door, longing to taste a bit of heaven again. We let them in. Only to send them back to hell when they had to play against us. 5-0 was the score when they left our beautiful Westfalenstadion. Barrios (twice), Großkreutz, Hummels and Lewandowski triggered fireworks of goals, taming the red devils that found no answer against our young guns.
Why should they this time? The predicted break on our side does not happen since we continue to play the most beautiful football the league appears to have seen while the red devils seem to like the place where hell exists. Far, far down and below as their place in the chart points out. Not only are these two teams worlds apart in the actual chart (Kaiserslautern positions place 14) but also in the chart of the second half of the season. Dortmund is -of course- in the lead with 8 points gained, the red devils only managed to score one point. Clear measures one should think.
After the unfortunate draw against Schalke in the previous week, it is important to bring home three points again. We had to face a strong opponent in Manuel Neuer last week, this week, however, I have good faith that our Borussia will make us happy again and reward us with a three point game and wonderful football, as always. It has been a good week so far. After a lot of our players played with their national teams this week (and came back well and healthy), our Watzke had good news on the press-conference. Borussia Dortmund extended the contract of Michael Zorc until 2014. Zorc, Klopp and Watzke talked about the great relationship and trust they have built thoughout the years which is the perfect base for our players. Great. Nuri Sahin seems to have recovered mostly from his injury and our coach Jürgen Klopp is confident that he will be alright for the game against Kaiserslautern.
Come on boys, let's do what we can do best. You do the football, we do the cheering since around 8000 fans will be expected on the Betzenberg. Let's tame the red devils - again.
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer - S. Bender, Sahin - Blaszczykowski, M. Götze, Großkreutz - Barrios
Kaiserslautern: Sippel - Petsos, Amedick, Rodnei, Jessen - Tiffert, Bilek - Hlousek, Moravek, Ilicevic - Lakic
Referee: Meyer (Burgdorf)