- Joachim Löw at Basel v Man City (CL 2017/18)
- Joachim Löw at VfB Stuttgart v Borussia Mönchengladbach 2017/18
- Joachim Löw at Bayern München v Schalke 04 & HT Interview 2017/18
- Happy Löw Day/Joachim Löw at SC Freiburg v Bayer Leverkusen 2017/18
- Joachim Löw at Borussia Dortmund v SC Freiburg 2017/18
- Nations League Draw/The Obsession Crisis 24/01/18
- Hansi Flick HT Interview – Hoffenheim v Bayer Leverkusen 2017/18
- The London Trip: Operation Jogi Autogramm
- Advent Calendar Day 24: The Best of Löw 2017 Part 3
- Advent Calendar Day 23: The Best of Löw 2017 Part 2 – Confed Cup 2017
Tag Archives: Liverpool
Technically my interest in European football ended with last night’s debacle in Slovenia, but truth is no matter how that game went the Champions League draw today held a lot of interest for me. Not least to see if my half wish, half prediction would come true, that is for Liverpool to get drawn with Hoffenheim. Well I got my wish on that count at least and a little something extra too, getting a new picture of Hansi from the draw. As nice as that is I wish I’d saved my luck for Freiburg. Them having lost hurts, admitting they deserved to lose even more so. I wasn’t under any illusions about it being easy, I watched Domzale play in the second leg of the previous tie. They showed in that game they were a team with plenty of fight in them and that worried me, and I guess I was right to be worried. Not that it matters anymore, the next big question is who to root for, Hoffenheim or Liverpool. Normally I would go with the Germans but this time I feel inclined to go the other way.
This time round I get both my wishes, Bayern avoiding getting drawn with Barcelona and Dortmund getting drawn with Liverpool. Last night Jürgen Klopp said that of course he didn’t want to get drawn with Dortmund, why would you want to get drawn with the strongest team in the competition. You can’t help but think Liverpool were doomed the moment he started that sentence. Speaking of being doomed Wolfsburg have certainly been handed a tough if not impossible task, Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid, from a German perspective Max Kruse and Andre Schürrle v Toni Kroos. Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Barcelona have an all Spanish duel to look forward to, that should no doubt be a good watch. Funnily enough the Europa League served up an all Spanish duel too with Bilbao facing the holders Sevilla. Two German sides left in the Champions League and one in the Europa League. One English team left in each competition. Once the dust has settled no doubt that number will be down to zero.
Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?
I had a quote in mind for this post and then forgot it in the excitement of watching Liverpool’s incredible 5-4 victory over Norwich. I already knew the score before watching it but that’s all I knew, I certainly didn’t know Norwich equalised in the second minute of extra time or that Adam Lallana scored the winning goal for Liverpool less than a minute before the final whistle. Seeing that game and Jürgen Klopp’s reaction made me think of another quote, a Sepp Herberger one I’m quite fond of: “The ball is round, the game lasts 90 minutes. This is fact, everything else is theory.”
That game certainly lives up to that saying. Though technically the game lasted for 95 minutes but the point still stands. Some things you can count on to always be the same and everything else will go whatever way it wants to go. No matter how much you don’t want to, you have to accept that element of the unknown. And what a spectacular goal it was too, though it’s Klopp’s reaction I find the most amusing. In his interview after the Stoke game last night they asked him if he’d be getting new glasses for the final, I had no idea what they were on about because I only just saw the Norwich game in it’s entirety. Now I know, now I’ve seen his celebration and his pitch invasion. He’s certainly livening up the Premier League that’s for sure:
There’s another quote of Herberger’s I like too, this one: “After the game is before the game.”
The second one essentially means whether you’re celebrating or mourning you shouldn’t indulge in such feelings for too long, because after the game in question there’s another game to come. You need to keep focused, to not disturb or interrupt the preparations for the next game. Just because you’re team is second in the table and then team they are facing is seventeenth, does not mean you can count on a victory. The three points will not be handed to you, little is in life. I need to be reminded of that a lot, to not obsess over things. It’s easier said than done because sometimes it seems like I do nothing but obsess over social situations and mistakes I make. Analyzing your mistakes is all well and good but only if something constructive is going to come out of the process. If all you’re doing is torturing yourself and going through what-ifs and maybes then you need to put a stop to it.