The draw with Bolton Wanderers in the UEFA Cup might have taken its toll when Bayern took on VfB Stuttgart away in the Bundesliga. The result was Bayern’s first loss in the league. Many would have wondered if this Bayern team can ever lose…well they got their answer.
I still love the way this team plays, very attack minded, mastered by the one and only Ribery. Hamit Altintop played in the right back position against Bolton (I never knew he can play that position) due to injury to key players I presume. Bayern dominated that match and I think the decision to substitute Ribery, Schweinsteiger and Podolski (I think) in that match. They combined very well to score the first goal and looked good for many more.
Against Stuttgart, they were faced with an opposition who was not scared to attack. And it did not help to play the final 20 odd minutes with 10 men after Lucio got sent off. Despite that they scored one. Wonder if he had stayed on if Bayern would have equalised. I would have put my money on that one.
When sports writers and fans discuss who is the best player in Europe, the regular names floating around are Messi, Ronaldinho, Fabregas, Ronlado, Kaka etc. I think Ribery would be right there for his sheer playmaking. He is in some tremendous form and I think he will be one of the rising stars this season in Europe.