Thursday, October 30, 2008

its hard not to be a supporter of Köln

Die Schwarzgelben overcame an near-perfect defensive plan by FC Köln to win 1-0 in a packed RheinEnergieStadion. While BVB controlled possession of the ball, Christoph Daum's 4-2-3-1 drained the life from the attack and limited scoring chances. After ten matches die Geißböcke are mid-table and playing at a level that makes it easy to forget that they were in the second division last year. Of course, that could be said for TSG Hoffenheim as well and maybe it's about time that upper-tier clubs take notice of their tactical approach.

The out-matched Köln threw a blanket on the BVB attack with Tinga and Tamás Hajnal swarmed by Petit and the die Mannschaft destined Kevin Pezzoni. Jakub Błaszczykowski, who yes wouldn't be left out regardless of having surgery this week on his broken nose was marked tight by Pierre Wome but managed to stir-up trouble as he came close with a header just before the break. However with twenty-five minutes left, BVB finally broke down their defense as Tinga's pass to Tamás Hajnal was linked to Florian Kringe for a efficient finish and the 1-0 lead. FC Köln was unable to launch an effective attack and BVB goes home with the victory and gets ready to face VfL Bochum Sunday evening.