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Friday’s Bundesliga Review: Mainz And Schuerrle Thump Nurnberg

A Star On The Rise: Andre Schuerrle

Thomas Tuchel’s side look back to their best after a bit of a down period that saw them drop out of top spot in the Bundesliga table. Tonight, they put on a top performance against a Nurnberg side who hold a respectable mid-table position after some strong results earlier in the season. Andre Schuerrle was definitely the man of the match, and the young German’s highlight reel continues to grow after this fantastic performance.

While the 3-0 scoreline suggests a convincing, dominating display, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Nurnberg had their chances but really failed to take them, and maybe deserved a little bit more than the heavy loss they ended up suffering. Still, it’s exactly what Mainz were looking for and they’ll need to keep it up if they want to keep Bayer Leverkusen off of their heels.

Andre Schuerrle opened the scoring after a set-piece, and then played a fantastic back-heel into the path of Nikolce Noveski who hammered home a second ten minutes after half-time. Super-sub Sami Allagui sealed the win with minutes left on the clock.

Andre Schuerrle has been excellent, but where does he fit into Joachim Loew’s plans? Is he the heir to Miroslav Klose’s throne, or does Mario Gomez hold the key to that spot? What’s certain, is that the amount of competition for places in the German national team is unbelievable. Germany have so much quality that they could nearly field two sides that would be able to compete equally at the highest level. The future definitely looks bright.

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  1. Diriye

    December 7, 2010 at 12:33 am

    I am almost sure Sven Bender will overtake Sami Khedira and Ballack before Euro 2010 if Dortmund ends up winning Bundesliga title. Dortmund is conceding less goals this season mainly due to the cover Bender is providing. Against Nuremberg he cleaned up two clear chances at the penalty box becuase of his quick reaction. He challenges every fifty-fifty ball and reacts even faster than the center backs.

    Bender and Hummels will inject their no nonsense combative style of defense into a great team. Also the longer Bender plays along side of Nuri Sahin, the man with most productive passes in Bundesliga, the more he develops offensive skills.

  2. John

    December 6, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Loew talks about the left back or striker positions being his main concerns but I honestly believe the current centrebacks will be his downfall. Against most mediocre European teams with 1 dimensional ‘boot it up there and see what happens’ tactics, Mertesacker, Westermann and Badstuber are brilliant with their height. But against a Xavi, Iniesta, Robben, Sneijder or any other midget sized twinkle toe attacker, some-one with the turning circle of a semi trailer (Mertesacker) is going to be caught with his pants down.

    • Dylan Thomas

      December 6, 2010 at 11:06 pm

      Badstuber is fantastic, I don’t think he’ll be quickly replaced. Next to him you could have Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, even Beni Howedes if he keeps his form up. There’s lots of depth there, and I’m sure Loew will dig deep if he feels he needs to.

      • John

        December 7, 2010 at 1:15 am

        Boateng says he prefers centreback but he’s always drifting up the sides like a fullback. Hopefully the friendlies against nippy teams like Brazil and Holland will expose Mertesacker and establish Hummels before the Euros.
        Schurrle looks really exciting too cause’ he has some technique and isn’t just a poacher. It’s looking promising but they still need to shift a couple of gears to match Spain.

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