Hamburgers Given Heartburn by AspirinsBy: ryan_s | December 16th, 2012
Leverkusen is Good
A game which inspired an awful headline for this blog can only have been equally as awful. A 3-0 drubbing by a talented and organized Leverkusen side is not exactly embarrassing, but it’s very close to it. Stefan Kießling and Andre Schürrle each gave Hamburg a nightmare they won’t soon forget, and their combination (along with some help from Gonzalo Castro) scored or assisted all three goals.
Hamburg were repeatedly ripped apart on defense, and Heiko Westermann flatly had an awful game, including gifting Kießling the third goal. I’ve made it clear that I love a 4-3-3 (or 4-3-1-2) formation, and a brilliant 4-3-3 is what Hyppia and Lewandowski use. It seemed like HSV had never seen such a thing before, and looked entirely unprepared to be honest. Leaving Badelj as essentially the only holding midfielder against three forwards was something our beloved Croat could only muster for so long before looking visibly gassed. Rudnevs did manage to hit a decent shot from distance early on and then later hit the post on a fine header, and Son looked dangerous from a couple of shots from distance as well, but other than that there wasn’t a ton of offense going on. Aogo somehow managed to miss a goal from like five feet after Rudnevs’ post shot, and was in general horrible (remember that terrible backpass early on that Schürrle could only hit the post on?). Lam looked overpowered against a better crop of players, and Skjelbred and Diekmeier were equally as listless.
Huub Stevens was fired this weekend – who would have thought he would go before Fink when both coaches were hired around the same time? I will do a post over the winter break about Fink’s tactics and preferences (one is what I believe to be his counterproductive preference of choosing attacking players based off of their ability to contribute defensively i.e. Son vs. Beister beginning of the year / Ivo now).
Hopefully this will be done on SB Nation! I happened to be followed on Twitter by the Bundesliga editor at SB Nation, and after sending him a note, he is talking to the bosses about getting us over there. SO THERE IS A GLIMMER OF HOPE.
Also in the coming weeks – Hinrunde report cards! So keep on checking in, leaving your thoughts, engaging in discussion, sharing your gift ideas for relatives, whatever. Nur der HSV!