Bundesliga Friday Roundup: Kaiserslautern Shock Bayern Munich

One Goal And One Assist Makes Ilicevic The Man Of The Match As Kaiserslautern Shock Bayern Munich.

Newly promoted side Kaiserslautern have astounded critics after collecting three points in their opening match against FC Koln, and have now done the unimaginable by beating Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich by a score of 2-0.

Kaiserslautern manager Marco Kurz fielded a starting lineup that was not what one would expect from a recently promoted side who are taking on the champions. Kurz began with a 4-4-2 formation, instead of trying to flood the midfield and force a nil-nil draw.

Sippel – Dick, Amedick, Rodnei, Jessen – Kirch, Tiffert, Bilek, Ilicevic – Nemec, Lakic

Physical strikers Nemec and Lakic started the game up front for Kaiserslautern, and their presence made all the difference for Die roten Teufel. Last week, it was Srdjan Lakic who banged in a brace against Koln to secure three points for his side. This week, he popped up again with a telling contribution. First, though, his teammate Ivo Ilicevic hit a wondergoal from outside the box and put Kaiserslautern one-nil up after just 25 minutes. One minute later, while Bayern Munich were still feeling the shock of the first goal, Ilicevic put Lakic in the clear after an excellent through-ball and the striker duly obliged and made it two to the good.

Louis van Gaal was a picture of frustration. His side, who came away with a win at the death against Die Wolfe in their opening fixture last week, lacked the cutting edge in front of goal that was necessary this time around. van Gaal set his team up to go out and win, but the day was not to be theirs. While Bayern Munich dominated the match and came away with a total of 72% of possession, they only registered three shots on target and were largely ineffective throughout the match.

Butt – Lahm, van Buyten, Badstuber, Contento – Schweinsteiger, van Bommel – Mueller, Ribery – Klose, Olic

Many Bayern Munich fans will blame the defeat on veteran goalkeeper Butt, who failed to save either one of Kaiserslautern’s two shots on target. Two shots he really should have saved, in all honesty.

Clinical finishing was the order of the day and Kaiserslautern provided it. It will be interesting to see how Bayern Munich deal with the defeat, because it will certainly come as a bitter blow to the Bundesliga champions, who would have expected to record a comfortable win in this match.

8 thoughts on “Bundesliga Friday Roundup: Kaiserslautern Shock Bayern Munich”

  1. Can I believe it? Only just. Two goals in 67 seconds. And 1.FCK didn’t have to rely too much on luck.

    Bayern were off, and put off by the hustle & pace of the game. I am amazed that FCK were able to play at such a high tempo for significant portions of the match.

    I was worried they were defending too high up the pitch, but it worked, thanks in large part to Rodnei (?) who seemed to clean up everything that got in or near the box. And Tiffert was outstanding, moving the ball quickly through midfield.

    For the first 15 minutes or so FCK were just sending long-ish balls down the flanks. I thought they would eventually pay for that, and especially the lack of possession, but then they got their shit together, held the ball a bit & started attacking. Then they punched Bayern in the face, twice, and “down goes Frazier.” Absolutely extraordinary.

    The bonus is that, of course, they can’t have expected to take points off Bayern, so from the perspective of staying up these three points are huge. I don’t think we can expect FCK’s rivals near the bottom of the table to get three points off Bayern.

    Of course, if they keep playing like this (and avoid injuries,) they could surprise everyone & do better than survive.

    1. Agreed, totally. There would have been no pressure at all on them to win this game. They would have been told, presumably, to go out and enjoy the spectacle. To give it their all and to have the best of luck. Bayern would have been under intense pressure, to beat the little teams and retain their title. Losing to Kaiserslautern for Bayern? That’s absolutely not on. They will have been the nervous ones, especially after half-time when van Gaal must have wanted to absolutely ruin them.

      I’d love to see them punch above their weight like Hoffenheim did, and especially because they have such a modest squad. They’ve outdone themselves already.

  2. I told you so, Bayern is marked team. lol

    Every road game will be like the one we saw today. Kaiser­slautern wasn’t buying any intimidation. Bayern was dragged all over the bitch. One down more to come.

  3. Interesting decision by Van Gaal .

    Bayern went down 2-0 he dropped Contento and moved Badstuber to the right playing three at the back. Of course, had Contento been more attacked minded he wouldn’t have been replaced. Badstuber was also shaky on the right conceding too many corners.

    Is this the plan for Bayern when they need to attack more?

    If so, then you have to question the decision to drop the Nicolas Jullich to 2nd division. He was impressive against Ronaldo in the Real friendly. He has a better distribution and attacking game than Contento. He can operate both flanks very well.

    Let’s see how this unfolds.

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