Bayern München – VfL Wolfsburg 1:2 (0:1)

Vorgeschichte:

Das Spiel der beiden Top-Favoriten, die sich wohl jede Wunschspielerin von den anderen Mannschaften kaufen (könnten), und auch seit 2 Jahren die ersten beiden Plätze belegen. Und man trifft sich bereits am Spieltag 3 im Schlüsselspiel. Aber beide haben schon feststellen müssen, dass die alten Zustände, wo die “Kleinen” keine Chance hatten, auch diese Saison schwer wiederherzustellen sein werden. Insofern sind diese Spitzenduelle zwar sehr wichtig, aber nicht ganz so entscheidend wie einst.

Headline: Fussball ist schön und manchmal schön schräg

und das war wieder so ein schön schräges Spiel. Schon wieder das Schöne am Fussball. Urplötzlich kommt vieles ganz anders und unerwartet.
Niemand konnte erwarten, dass die Bayern – bisher mit Aggressivität als Erfolgsformel – die erste Halbzeit so verschlafen angehen. Das war ähnlich zurückhaltend wie vor ungefähr einem Jahr beim 1.FFC Frankfurt, aber seither nie mehr wieder zu sehen. Damals aber war man zwar auch sehr defensiv, aber doch durchaus aufmerksam zu Werke gegangen. Hier schien aber allgemein einfach eher Last als Lust am Fussball zu überwiegen. Und es schien einfach nicht machbar, das erforderliche Konzentrationsniveau aufrechtzuerhalten. Sara Däbritz krempelte sich die Kurzarm-Trikots hoch. Es schien so, als sei es möglicherweise einfach nur zu heiss. Oder andere Biochemie im weiteren Sinne? Irgendwann schien es dann aber auch Wolfsburg zu heiss geworden zu sein, denn auch da war ein deutlicher Kräfteverfall während der zweiten Halbzeit zu beobachten. Da waren aber Konzentrationsprobleme nur beim Abschluss zu bemerken, die vorher einen eigentlich sicheren Sieg verhindert hatten. Aber als niemand mehr damit rechnete, konnte man noch einmal ziemlich schräg gegen den Lauf der Dinge zurückschlagen. Aber der Reihe nach:

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Manchester City Ladies – Chelsea Ladies 2:0 (1:0)

Situation:

Still not quite there yet for ManCity. And however close you are. There is a possibility to fail. But should this be a real danger for a team who dominated proceedings that much that they had only two matches where they have not been victorious? You never know but having a game against Birmingham still in hand should have at least keep to much doubts away from creeping in even if that game should not seal the deal. A big advantage to be in such a position. For Chelsea it was a must win situation. As easy as that.

Headline: CHAMPIONS !

And yet another demonstration of why Manchester City were so dominant on points and could not be beaten all season long. Yes. Again there were minor scratches they have to work on especially in their offensive play but overall their dominance in the own half was so strong there never was much of a doubt at least they could not get the needed point from the match. Chelseas might up front was kept nearly completely under the cosh for the whole 90 minutes as well individually – where the defenders were not allowing their opponents to win many 1-on-1 situations – as well as in interacting with each other – where fluent combination play just never came into existence.

And so it finally was all smiles for the first time champions. Once again they proofed to be dangerous on set pieces. And after also symbolically getting their tip of the boot to the ball ahead of their opponents and being rewarded a penalty as a consequence it was a pleasant cruise for them over the finish line.

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5 Beobachtungen zur Nationalmannschaft in Russland und Ungarn

Russland – Deutschland 0:4
(Dazu in englisch zum Debut von Steffi Jones hier mehr)
Ungarn – Deutschland 0:1

Na, das war doch schon wieder so schwach, dass es hochinteressant war, was die Nationalelf da in Ungarn gespielt hat, bzw warum das so wenig überzeugend war.

1. Das System

Bei allen Systemen ist entscheidend, wie flexibel man sie mit Leben befüllt. Nicht, welche Zahl wo steht. Da scheinen viele Trainer und andere “Experten” aber eher die vielen Bäume vor lauter Wand durchzuzählen, damit 11 rauskommt, und dann zu meinen: das System entspricht jetzt ihrer Weltanschauung und musses jetzt sein. Es ist es grundsätzlich genausowenig (more…)

International Matches September 2016

USA – Netherlands 3:1

Another friendly which was more than that. We remind of the much higher significance such matches have on the womens game compared to the men. It was entertaining to watch and a good advertising for the sport. And it was very informative though it might have looked different from what it really was.

First of all: All US-players were completely going for it after they were brought to life by a very strong start of the Netherlands. They did not only score an early first goal but also had a good second chance in the opening minutes and showed a good performance overall in the first half – albeit already fading away towards the end. But this half saw a quite open contest with the Netherlands looking the more dangerous side for the first about 30 minutes. Mainly the Dutch forward line with Martens – Miedema – van de Sanden made the US defense feel uncomfortable resulting eg in a lot of clearances out of bounds where you usually would have expected the players to try to keep the ball in play and secure possession because they had it quite safe but the Dutch pressing rushed them.

Even more than her teammates up front Danielle van de Donk who she supported them from an advanced midfield position (more…)

5 points to take from Jones start as German coach

1. Start with something positive
Why does someone who has one of the maybe best jobs around go for a change? Hopefully it is not just silly. Networking for the German football association DFB womens football means earning quite a lot of money for mainly being a warmly welcomed guest everywhere having some small talk every now and then in luxurious locations and sometimes at single dinner costs what a lot of people even in rich countries would like to have available for several days food to spend. Who would change such a job for a job where chances are good the public wants to see you sacked within the next twelve months? It seems to be adventurous – to say the least.
Of course it still remains to be seen whether this was a smart decision. But she seems well aware of the risks and not only (more…)

AFBL Nachbetrachtung 2. Spieltag

Das TV-live-Spiel:

Turbine Potsdam – 1. FFC Frankfurt 3:0 (1:0)
Weil es natürlich interessant war genau hinzuschauen, wie die neuen “alten Supermächte” der Frauenfussball-Bundesliga sich diese Saison präsentieren, war eigentlich ursprünglich eine komplette Analyse vorgesehen. Aber es war doch auch zu sehr eine neue Enttäuschung, obwohl wir die Erwartungen sicher nicht sehr hoch gesetzt hatten.
Dass der Ballbesitz relativ häufig wechselte war wirklich eine gelungene und einfallsreiche Beschreibung für die Vorgänge insbesondere über weite Abschnitte in der endlos langen Mitte des Spiels, das zum Glück am Ende noch ein wenig auf die Pauke hauen konnte, was diese Längen übertünchte. Stellvertretend Lisa Schmitz, die vor einem Jahr in Frankfurt noch ein absolut herausragendes Spiel abgeliefert hatte. Diesmal war man froh zu sehen, dass sie beim geschätzt dritten Versuch eine Flanke zu entschärfen endlich einmal den Ball halbwegs aus der Gefahrenzone bugsiert bekam. Schon relativ anfangs (more…)

Arsenal Ladies – Manchester City Ladies 0:1 (0:0)

Situation:

Three matches to go for ManCity and an advantage of at least 4 points to defend. But Arsenal, Chelsea and Birmingham are all no walkover opponents and thus every point is crucial in the way to the title. Arsenal 5 points behind second ranked Chelsea to make up to clinch a CL spot. With a relatively smooth schedule at the end of the season every thing but impossible. But three points would be needed on the day to keep the chances alive.

Headline: That was it because that wasnt it?

That was it for the new champions Manchester City because the game wasnt it particularly for Arsenal London? The game wasnt it for Manchester City as well but the outcome at least was what they wanted. So Arsenal should have done more. And it is obviously turning into a common logical problem for football teams to recognise that it is too late when it is too late. We saw that at the mens Euros as in the womens Olympics already that the teams who needed to do more are anxiously waiting first whether they might be favoured by good luck somehow and only start really going for it when it is too late. Only in the last few minutes you could see an engaged Arsenal team that really gave all they could at least. (more…)

2 scenes from Chicago Red Stars – Seattle Reign FC 2:2

2 scenes from Chicago Red Stars – Seattle Reign FC 2:2

Scene1:

How do you recognise something goes wrong? For whatever reason. Really strange why Kim Little hasnt been the same player like last year. You really wonder. Hopefully we will know one day and hopefully it is something that can be – replaced?, or whatever next year.

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Chicago_Red_Stars-Seattle_Reign Scene1

That is simply not the position you want to be in when your teammate takes a free kick in the 8th minute. Apart from trying to distract the opponents focus by making any dummy move it is also not the position to be ready for any rebound from the wall or any other progress of the game.


 

Scene2:

This was also kind of symptomatic:

Decisive game with 4 to go at the end of the season against your direct rivals for a play off spot. Chicago trailing 1:2 with 30 minutes to go on the clock. Take a look at the time, Scene starts 59:32 when a defender crosses the center line.

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Chicago-Seattle scene2

Not yet a lot of action going on. Some nice summer day on a perfect piece of grass.

 

Chicago-Seattle scene2 at:35

 

3 seconds later. The grass is still green. And some players have moved a little. A fast counter attack is aimed to be 6-7 seconds by the way. Let it be 8 in the womens game. Abd that is from the own half until the shot at the other end. Only to compare what all can happen in this amount of time.

 

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Another 2 seconds gone. Not much progress. About 1 meter per second. Still more than 30 seconds to go for the goal. But at least the Seattle players get closer.

 

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So the Chicago player walked a few meters to the left to escape the “pressure”. Seattle players still full of observation in safe distance. The player was given 7 seconds already to pick up the player up front who has moved into a good position. At least we can see the player is always looking and checking her options with the head always up.

 

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Sometimes teams are playing complicated strategies however to avoid attacking certain players from your opponent in build up play and strongly focus only on certain players who you want not to do it leaving the weaker players free on purpose. But I cant imagine this was so well thought from Seattle what we see here. Finally after another 2 seconds with still no Seattle player stressing she finally decided she found a target to play into. After 9 seconds enjoying the safety zone the Seattle players have given her and time to pick up a target.

 

Chicago-Seattle scene 2
Chicago-Seattle scene 2

But unfortunately she overhit it and the ball went over the base line with no one coming close.

 

 

Every comment is very much appreciated !

Chicago Red Stars – Seattle Reign FC 2:2

Situation:

With the latest results from the last matchday the fight for the play off spots at the very end of the regular season lost a lot of excitement because there is probably only one question left open: Can the Seattle Reign win the three points at The Red stars and thus stay a contender for the final four. A draw would leave them only with marginal chances being 4 and 5 points behind the Western New York Flash and the Chicago Red Stars. All other teams are even further away and only with theoretical chances. Where a draw would leave the Reign with at least some chances a win would be it for the Red Stars.

Headline: A match with a lot of searching

There was a lot of searching going on on the pitch. Both teams in search for the points to go to the finals. And both teams constantly searching to find a rhythm and settle into a game they never found. Maybe because the goals changed the atmosphere of the match even more than normally because they were scored at surprising points of the match. But it was a huge difference to the Cascadian derby last weekend. Have the temperatures been so high? Was anything else physically restricting the players? We dont know but after the quality match last week we got a much lower level here. Even the nerves – because of the high pressure situation for both – couldnt explain why there wasnt more running and fighting. But first thing first: (more…)

2 TV-Livespiele am 1. Spieltag – Eine Nachbetrachtung

2 Live-TVSpiele am 1. Spieltag – Eine Nachbetrachtung

Bayern München – SC Freiburg 1:1 (0:0)

Headline: Muster ohne Wert?

Erste Spieltage bringen oft seltsame Spiele zustande. Man ist vorsichtig, muss sich erst wieder an den Liga-Rhythmus gewöhnen, den kein Vorbereitungsspiel richtig ersetzen kann. Dafür ist man natürlich besonders voller Vorfreude, dass es endlich wieder losgeht. Und die mentalen und physischen Energiespeicher sind voll.
Normalerweise kommen personelle Veränderungen und Anpassungen an neue Mitspieler noch hinzu. Das waren aber mit jeweils nur einem neuen Startgesicht (Verena Faisst und Caro Simon) hier extrem wenig.
Aber. Die mentalen Speicher bei den Olympia-Spielerinnen waren erkennbar und verständlich angezehrt. Und das wird unter Umständen noch ziemlich lange die Frage sein, wann deren Erholung abgeschlossen ist. War fast ein wenig verwunderlich, dass alle von Anfang an gespielt haben. Aber ob eine Pause nötig ist, sieht man natürlich nur im Training und aus der Nähe.
Dennoch: Das war das beherrschende Thema des Spiels, das somit ein Muster ohne viel Wert darstellt. Den Bayern sah man an, (more…)