If Freiburg had played on Friday it might have been Nils Petersen that had the honour of scoring the 50,000th goal in the history of the Bundesliga. But as luck would have it this would be the weekend their game is the top game meaning they don’t play until Saturday evening. Maybe if things went perfectly Nils could score goal number 50,014. As things stand it was instead Karim Bellarabi who with his first goal of the season got the honour, recieving a specially made cake and trophy as well. I may not feel like writing much but this is the kind of landmark you can’t ignore, regardless of who the player in question is. Still as least as it wasn’t Stefan Kiessling, anyone would be better than him scoring such a goal.
Also at the game was Freiburg coach Christian Streich – unsurpising seeing as how Hertha are their opponents next Sunday, and Germany u21 coach Stefan Kuntz. I’m unlikely to be collecting any Hansi videos and photos now so Stefan will have to do:
It’s not possible to get the other Mario in this calendar with him not being a Dortmund player but it’s just about the only half decent title I could come up with, so it’ll have to be good enough. As for Nicolas it would have been beyond perfect to get him yesterday seeing as how the sixth is St Nikolaus day. Though getting him on the seventh is just as good, it is one of my favourite numbers after all. It’s made even more perfect by the fact his squad number is 27. For once their pictures get to go first:
I very much expected to get if not a Jogi video then at least one of Marcus or Miro but I have nothing. I won’t get to test my theory now, if even just a Jogi video would have made me feel any better. Not even a half-time interview, just crowd footage. At least the night went fairly well in football terms, Dortmund drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid. And Leverkusen beat Monaco 3-0 though the result means nothing, they were through anyway. Nor do I really care if they got through or not. I’m only interested because of their little penalty saga. They’ve missed four penalties this season and had the chance to fix that negative streak. The ball ended up in the back of the net but they still haven’t ended the streak because it wasn’t a Leverkusen player who put it there, instead the ball hit the underside of the crossbar, bounced off the keeper’s back and rolled over the line. It’s the kind of thing you wouldn’t believe unless you actually saw it yourself.
Before I know it the week is almost over and the day is here, now I can’t get out of it. I don’t want to go but then I feel that way every time I have to go outside, whether it involves socializing or not. It’s just everything feels like such hard work at the moment, even more than usual. I can’t help but think it shouldn’t feel this way, I should want to see my friends. I went to all this trouble buying gifts, making a bookmark and wrapping them up, and now I’m trying to find an excuse not to go. I would say this is all going wrong except there’s no way for it to go right. Whatever I do it will be the wrong thing. Stay up and get no sleep and I’ll feel tired, sleep for a few hours and I’ll every bit as tired as I was when I went to bed. It really doesn’t matter anymore. Maybe this is the point where you have to admit you need help, at least that’s what I’ve been told. I’ve got no interest in talking to anyone about all of this. It didn’t help last time and it won’t now. The least I can do is stop lying to myself, I’m not going to pretend that I can straighten this all out and the weekend will go fine. I will see the game on Saturday but it won’t be because I fix this. For now at least it’s unfixable. Part of me wants to believe they’re right, that talking to someone will help. Because I hate the way everything feels like such a chore. As if I’m doing things because I have to and not because I want to. It’s ok for some things to feel that way but not everything.
Truly I think the only thing which would help is not being me anymore and that’s not possible. It brings to mind that article I read about clinical trials involving autistic people taking ecstasy. I’ve been curious about such things for a long time but I’ve never had the chance to try anything like that. It’s not like I get a lot of social opportunities. I’m curious to know what it would feel like not to be on the edge and anxious all the time, to not obssess over every last little thing. It’s not so much I want to be normal, I just don’t want to be me.
Tuesday night saw Bayer Leverkusen face a struggling Bremen side who just this Friday past got hammered by Gladbach 5-1. But of course league form counts for nothing and to add an extra twist to the story it was Gladbach who Bremen beat to reach the quarter finals. Their victory that night was no fluke and neither was their well earned victory against Leverkusen. They worked hard to come back from behind which isn’t something they’ve exactly done a lot of in recent months. Though they’ve certainly had some standout games, like keeping the scoreline 1-0 against Bayern, beating Schalke 3-1 and recently coming from behind against Hertha to draw 3-3. Holding Bayern to a 1-0 scoreline is even more impressive when you consider they had the worst defence in the league last year and that they beat them I think 6-0 last season, or was it seven, I can’t remember. Point is they hammered them.
Anyhow, Bremen are through to the semi finals and so far I’m two for two in my predictions because as expected Dortmund beat Stuttgart. The clash had an added dimension to it with connections on both sides, Thomas Tuchel having coached the youth side at Stuttgart and two former Dortmund players in the form of Mitchell Langerak (who played in last season’s DFB Pokal final for them) and defender Kevin Groβkreutz now playing for Stuttgart. Unsurprisingly Stuttgart proved to have a little bit of fight in them and not only did they manage to find an equaliser to Marco Reus’ fifth minute goal but they were still in the game right until the end. Dortmund went 2-1 up thanks to another fine goal from Aubayemang but it wasn’t until the 89th minute that they put the game out of a Stuttgart’s reach with a goal from Henrik Mhkitaryan. Given how it was the 89th minute Roman Bürki wasn’t going to allow himself to be left out of the celebrations and so Neuer style he joined his team-mates to celebrate the goal. Though if he’d been a bit more like Neuer, he obviously wouldn’t have had so far to run. The other amusing moment of the night comes once again from Thomas Tuchel, in terms of GIFs he’s proving to be almost as good as Jogi when it comes to providing material for such things:
Full match of Stuttgart v Dortmund, including the pre-match and post-match show:
Full match of Leverkusen v Bremen:
Thomas Tuchel interviews:
Marco Reus interviews:
Pictures from Dortmund’s game:
Unlike Tuesday there was to be no major surprises on Wednesday night. No giant slaying taking place here. SSV Reutlingen lost 4-0 to Eintracht Braunschweig and Carl Zeiss Jena lost 2-0 to VfB Stuttgart. In addition Viktoria Köln lost 6-0 to Bayer Leverkusen. In a curious turn of events Sandhausen who progressed to the second round after winning a penalty shoot-out against their neighbours Bahlinger SC were knocked out after losing a penalty shoot-out to fellow 2.B side and neighbours FC Heidenheim. Dortmund after an early moment of embarrassment involving Roman Bürki beat SC Paderborn 7-1 and I’m happy to say that Gladbach beat Schalke 2-0, though I’m obviously not so happy at Freiburg’s 3-0 defeat to Augsburg.
On Tuesday night I was thinking how great it was that Wolfsburg were out, that way in the event of Freiburg progressing to the last 16 they wouldn’t face the team who knocked them out last season. But of course it doesn’t matter now. A curious match-up in the sense that Augsburg are currently bottom of the Bundesliga and Freiburg are top of the 2.Bundesliga. Going by their recent form Freiburg should have had at least a shot at winning this game, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Outgunned and completely outclassed. I can have no complaints bar Christian Günter not deservedly being awarded a penalty, but I don’t think it would have made much difference anyway. At the moment Nils Petersen is the competition’s top scorer with four goals, pity, it’s one list he won’t be top of now come the season’s end.
Strange fact, this year’s competition sees three teams from Munich progress to the last 16. Bayern of course, 1860 München and SpVgg Unterhaching who are also being from the fourth tier of German football the lowest ranked team left in the competition. The other lowest ranked team is third division Erzgebirge Aue. So whilst Munich has three teams left in the competition the whole state of Baden-Württemberg has only two teams left, VfB Stuttgart and 1.FC Heidenheim. Neither of whom I’ll be rooting for, I should root for one of them but I can’t. Personally I’ll be rooting for the two Borussias, I think it would be great if they both get through to the final. It would be nice to see again someone other than Bayern in the final and with Gladbach playing the way they are, it’s not an impossible dream. The draw for the last 16 is on Sunday night and despite the fact Freiburg are out, I still can’t wait. Also Jogi and Hansi both have one team a piece through to the round of 16, VfB Stuttgart for Jogi (amusing because it is of course VfB who he not only got his first job as coach with but who he won his first trophy with, that trophy being the DFB Pokal) and of course Bayern for Hansi.
The results and the teams left in the competition:
Post-match interview with Nils Petersen:
And seven of the matches from Wednesday night in their entirety, SC Freiburg v FC Augsburg, Schalke v Gladbach, Reutlingen v Braunschweig, Carl Zeiss Jena v Stuttgart, Viktoria Köln v Leverkusen, Bremen v 1.FC Köln and Borussia Dortmund v SC Paderborn:
Pictures from Freiburg’s game: