Tripod wrote:hogstrom wrote: I take the risk Alex might laugh at me when I suggests Ozil have developed into a great attacking midfielder during the latest 12 months.
Not at all, Özil already showed a lot of promise while playing for Schalke and he had a good season next to Diego. The Brazilian cannot be replaced, but Bremen bought the also promising Marin, so they have two very young attacking midfielders backed by the more defensive oldies Frings and Borowski. Of course, Pizarro is also missed, I think they are still trying to get him back from Chelsea and if they don't manage they'll lok for another striker. Depends also on how Moreno turns out, a Bolivian who previously played for Donezk.
I feared you might bet on Bremen to win, which as always I would not recommend. But to bet on lots of goals when Bremen plays seems like a very good idea. Though maybe Schaaf will have to move away from his attacking style at some point, but it's been his gameplan for so many years now.
The central defending duo Naldo/Mertesacker is excellent. However, the backup Prödl who played on Saturday hasn't convinced me yet. And the wing backs are the great weakness - Fritz despite his caps for Germany is a terrible defender, though of some use when attacking. Pasanen and Boenisch are only marginally better and the Serbian talent Tosic apparently is even worse, considering he never plays.
- Way too late night when i have reached further than i thought i would in a tournament of poker. Plenty of time for other things while waiting for decent cards - like going thrue ko-gathering.
Interesting post, Alex. So we both agree about Ozils current status Fully agree about Prödl as well, I have seen him a few times acting as a central defender, and just like you, Im not impressed at all. I see him more like a fullback. But of cource not even close to as sharp as Fritz is on the right back.
- Seriously, when you´re mention Fritz as a rather bad defender, are you sure sure you´re not talking about Naldo? If you are, then i fully agree. Few central defenders (if anyone?) is so dangerous when going forward as Naldo. Very tall, and therefore effective in the air, and he is great at shooting from distance as well. But if looking at his defensive skills he is (imo) not even close to as good as his partner, Mertesacker. So he would indeed suit your description of Fritz
Btw, i did read somewhere that Bremen have still not given up buying Pizarro from Chelsea. He would indeed be much needed. I watched the match vs Frankfurt last weekend, and I have to say that Bremen did not impress.
Btw, i saw that Herta bought Wichniarek (100% spelled wrong ) from Bielfield recently. He had an impressive score-rate for them last season, scoring like half of their goals. Not a bad replacement for that Liverpool striker i guess.