Brazzo is a key player no doubt about that. He doesnt score that much but he does much of the dirty work he isnt injured that often and he is a very positive charakter. Whether is on the bench for some games or not he is always a cool guy.
Ok, back tt the topic of "to go or not to go"
To go at all costs
N. Kovac - Great games are decided by great players and not by the Nico's (Pablos/Ciriacos/Thorstens) of the football world.
Thiam - Simply not a winner type of player. He's the loser of the year. Earlier ths steason he made many games with many mistakes. We have enough mediocre midfileders and like N. Kovac he isnt really needed.
Zickler - No comment needed.
Sforza - I have to accept that he will never make it. He still has some class but he is no real bench player. He cant turn things around and bring some fire to the team. With Ballack and Deisler joining us next year theis is no place for him left.
Effenberg - Too old now...makes the game slow and predictable. Its unbelievable how much time he needs by now to get the ball under control. His footwork looks ten times slower than 2 years ago. He had a great time with us but I will not miss him.
Leaving the club has to be considered:
Tarnat - He's a good guy but he's getting older and not faster
Linke - Maybe one year left in him but his style of playing is a little bit ancient by now. In many cases he is operating with long balls.
- I thought it was a good idea that we bought him but now he's the player I'm most nervous when he has the ball. So far that guy was Kuffour when he tried to do some flashy footwork but in contrast to Sammy who is a real warrior I have the feeling that Robert gets more and more nervous when he makes mistakes. He doesnt have the same self confidence he had when playing for the chemical gang.
Jancker - With Pizarro and Santa Cruz being young and Elber still in good form its getting more and more difficult for the tower of power. On the other hand he can be a very important player even if its only with pissing off the primadonnas of our rivals. Jancker is great in getting in the head of other players with his trashtalk, brilliant holding followed by diving and occasional "welcome to the world of men" fouls.
Added to that he has a nice touch and underrated skills. He can still be some sort of secret weapon but do we need him really?
Jens Jeremies - To be honest I was never very impressed with him. We havent enough skilled midfielders and thats what makes it difficult to create chances. Thats why we have to operate with long balls and lose ball possesion. I really hate that. I think Hargreaves can do the running. Like Jeremies he can fight but his passing and dribbling is much better. And since his injuries Jeremies seems to be less mobile and quick.
Yesterday's game against Real was a typical example of what the problem with our midfield is. We get under pressure, we cant do any sort of dribbling or precise passing...we lose the ball early or have to go for a long ball. Even in the Bundesliga we have that problem. I cant stand that any longer. We need midfielders with better footwork. Real reached our box with pretty easy passing football but only because their midfileders can control the ball at all times.
We have to partly blaim our management for that. Pizarro is the only player who added more quality to our team. R. Kovac was needed when Anderson left but N. Kovac and Thiam are nothing special. At best they can be as good as Jeremies or Fink. In contrat to other teams in the BuLi and CL we didnt make much progress and many of our key players are getting older and get injured more often. We should have bought at least one quality midfielder last year. I'm thinking of guys like Guardiola or Davids. I'm pretty sure whe did have enough money to get one of them. Us and ManU are the "real" rich teams who earn their millions. Why spending money for guys like N. Kovac or Thiam? Didnt Hoeness at the end of last season say that he wanted to buy at least one superstar? Leverkusen have more experience now, Dortmund made progress by bying quality.....same with Real and ManU.
Well, we all know that we are still
the best club in the world but if we want to stay on top in the BuLi and CL we cant go for the Thiam/N.Kovac type of players like we did last summer. Ya know...nor risk no fun.
At the moment I dont have much fun now that the dark side of the (football) force has kicked our asses.