DFB Pokal Semi-Finals 2015/16

Business as usual is the phrase which sums up not just the cup this season but the league too. Bayern dominating as usual, Dortmund well on their way to getting back to their best and nowhere is that more obvious than in the cup. Once more it’s the very familiar scenario of Bayern v Dortmund, going head to head in Berlin. The stage is set for either Pep Guardiola to win the treble with Bayern before departing for Man City or for Thomas Tuchel to win his first ever trophy, not just in charge of Dortmund but his first trophy ever with a senior team. I guess I’m a little disappointed, I didn’t care so much about Hertha not getting to the final but I wouldn’t have minded seeing Bremen get there. Even though it would have meant Bayern not reaching the final for a second year in a row. Semi-finals are always a bit of a let down, sort of a crash landing back to reality. For one thing it’s a reminder that the season is almost over and whilst there’s one very good reason to wish this season to end sooner, namely Freiburg getting promoted at the same time I feel like I don’t want it to ever end. As much as I want to see Freiburg getting promoted (and they are well on course for that to happen) part of me wishes I could just skip the summer and go right to the start of next season.

Bremen can at least be relatively satisfied with their performance against Bayern, after all they only lost 2-0 and the score was only that because of the penalty. Bremen conceding was more of an inevitably than anything else, they are the only team in the Bundesliga to have not kept a clean sheet all season. Still they came to Munich ready to fight and they did so, they were no pushovers for Bayern. The most amusing moment of the night was when Neuer almost gifted them a goal. He came out to meet a back-pass and it didn’t go quite as planned, but he got back on his line in time to catch the resulting shot whilst barely breaking a sweat. He certainly didn’t look panicked but then I’m not sure he ever does. Dortmund had it easier against Hertha, beating them 3-0, a score-line which most likely flatters them a little. My highlight of the evening was taken away before the game even started because former Freiburg player Vladimir Darida wasn’t in the squad. I thought it was kind of neat, two former Freiburg players on either side, Roman Bürki for Dortmund and Darida for Hertha. Three if you count Matze Ginter of course, but I was just counting those who were there last season. On the subject of Matze Ginter he was on the bench, so I didn’t take pictures from Dortmund’s game, choosing to do so from Bayern’s instead. But I did at least get two new Jogi videos so I’m not complaining too much.

Hertha BSC v Borussia Dortmund – DFB Pokal semi-final

Philipp Lahm - Bayern v Bremen (DFB Pokal) 1 Philipp Lahm - Bayern v Bremen (DFB Pokal) 2 Manuel Neuer - Bayern v Bremen (DFB Pokal) 1 Manuel Neuer - Bayern v Bremen (DFB Pokal) 2 Manuel Neuer - Bayern v Bremen (DFB Pokal) 3 Robert Lewandowski - Bayern v Bremen (DFB Pokal) 1 Philipp Lahm - Bayern v Bremen (DFB Pokal) 3 Thomas Müller - Bayern v Bremen (DFB Pokal) 1 Manuel Neuer - Bayern v Bremen (DFB Pokal) 4 Manuel Neuer - Bayern v Bremen (DFB Pokal) 5 Manuel Neuer - Bayern v Bremen (DFB Pokal) 6 Manuel Neuer - Bayern v Bremen (DFB Pokal) 7 Manuel Neuer - Bayern v Bremen (DFB Pokal) 8 Thomas Müller - Bayern v Bremen (DFB Pokal) 2 Thomas Müller - Bayern v Bremen (DFB Pokal) 3 Thomas Müller - Bayern v Bremen (DFB Pokal) 4

 

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