It feels like it has been ages since my last post. I wanted to write about the game last Saturday, right there and then, but was too tired to do so. Thus, here I am…
I enjoyed the game and thought it was quite interesting, especially in the beginning. I felt that Lahm was performing more of a defensive-orchestrating function during the match, which I do not have a problem with. *grin*
the 6th+ minute – Thomas gives a pass to Ribéry who gives it to Lahm. Lahm goes forward, into the penalty box, and tries to give a pass to Kroos (?). It did not work out as planned, but it was a good idea.
the 7th+ minute – Lahm did a tackle that prompted the ball to stay in Bayern‘s possession.
the 14th+ minute – Lahm does a tackle that is simply fantastic. It is one of those moments that makes me go, “Wow…” The commentator, too, is in awe and gives him praise. Meanwhile, I am getting angry at them for not showing a replay of it. Not from any angle. Not even a close-up.
the 20th+ minute – Lahm makes a pass to Kroos, while going forward, and gets the ball back from Kroos. Tries to cross, but a Freiburg‘s defender makes it impossible. Bayern has a corner. The ball gets to Lahm, and he tries to score, but it does not work out.
the 39th + minute – Lahm intercepts the ball from the opponent on Bayern‘s half of the field and charges forward. Gives a pass to Kroos (?).
In my humble opinion, he did well. I have read some critique of the match and could not help but post the following bit here. I remember the first time I read an article in which Lahm was compared to a foreign minister, and I thought, “This is curious.” Since then, I have been surprised every time I read such comparisons. It is amazing. From what I have observed so far, there are three popular ways to describe Lahm (listing them in no particular order here): he is intelligent, he always has his own opinion, and he can be a foreign minister. Those really are the three most frequently encountered descriptions. This time, too, Süddeutsche Zeitung could not avoid it in its individual critique:
[Philipp Lahm] is already the employer of the month at FC Bayern. Celebrates the success on the best-selling list and hears mockery, which is a clear indication of fame. At a prominent meeting in Munich, got to hear this verdict in the presence of the president Uli Hoeneß: it is not believable that he crossed the street without a school crossing patrol and that he should have proofread his book better before it was published. Thus, finds himself clearly on the course to the Chancellery. In the match against Freiburg [he] had time to wonder about envy and whiners. Joined in and saved his forces for an official trip to Spain. At the same time, can also train for a post of the foreign minister as an alternative. Ended his work day around the 63rd minute and got applause. Apparently, increases his popularity ratings again after the recent excitement about his book. (my translation)
Aside from several portions of irony and/or sarcasm that is obviously present in the description, I do think it is a rather cool one. Moreover, I do regard it as praise, even though it might not be viewed as such by some people. If one is believed to be suited for a foreign minister’s post, it says a lot about that person. Hence, go Philipp!