Thursday, May 7, 2009

Felix Magath's tactical error

With a three-point lead in the Bundesliga, Wolfsburg travels to Stuttgart to face Markus Babbel's surging side at the Neckarstadion Saturday afternoon.

Although the match has all the makings of incredible battle between the two hottest sides in Germany with the championship on the line, the real story of the week is Felix Magath's announcement this week that he is defecting to Schalke 04 at the end of the campaign. While the match will ultimately be decided on the pitch, Stuttgart will have an enormous advantage with more focused week of preparation. It goes without saying that Felix Magath is a brilliant coach but the timing of this announcement was abysmal and should have been handled with a far more professional approach. While his commentary and rationale of leaving Wolfsburg for Schalke's for financial reasons is perplexing given Volkswagon's commitment to the club and the region, this has all the makings of one of the biggest errors in coaching in decades. With Bayern only three points behind, a slip-up could cost Wolfsburg the championship and ultimately the let up will rest partially on the timing of the announcement.

Regarding injuries, all systems are go for die Wölfe as they are fully fit. The high scoring trio of Edin Džeko, Zvjezdan Misimović and Grafite will face a highly motivated a cohesive defending unit and need to be at the best.