FC Bayern Munich got back on track on its European target last night after downing seven goals on helpless FC Basel. The Swiss team, hoping to classify for the first time ever to the UEFA Champions League quarter finals was sent home instead with a score line they will not forget anytime soon.
It was a fantastic night to Mario Gomez, Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben; a forward lineup that is hailing rave reviews from the press this morning.
Jamie Trekker of Fox wrote: “Ribéry was unquestionably the man of the match, rampaging down the far flank and terrorizing Aleksandar Dragovic in the middle… Arjen Robben — who has battled injury and indifference — was also a man possessed.”
Bundesliga’s official website ran a simple title on their front page: “Gomez, Gomez, Gomez, Gomez,” reminding readers of Gomez’s feat last night.
“Europe, Bayern are back!” ran a headline in Bild; UEFA’s own writing staff was equally impressed: “Bayern re-announced themselves as serious title contenders.”
The New York Times was a bit more ecstatic: “Park Joo-ho, Basel’s Korean defender, is probably still trying to figure out where Gómez went. Park is quite an experienced player, but nobody he has met in Asia or Europe has ever escaped him quite so obviously and so often as this… His goals, bought by Munich from Stuttgart, are the finishing tools of a Bayern team that has extreme pace through the Frenchman Franck Ribéry on one wing and Robben on the other. If ever those two were totally healthy, there might not be a team in Europe that could stop Bayern.”
Basel’s own players also had something to say after the match: “We took too many risks,” said Streller, “It’s almost impossible for any full-back to defend against Robben and [Franck] Ribéry and we just got battered. Basically we ended up watching the stadium clock and praying for it to end quickly.”
The team has clearly regained its confidence and is well on its way to propose some serious challenge to Europe’s best.
On the light side of things, the club has now recognized that after recent events, it might be actually quite dangerous to the mental wellbeing of out of town clubs to come and play at their home turf. For this reason, the Surgeon General has recommended some measures be taken if Bayern plans to continue on its path of destruction. All we can say is: “the writing is on the wall.”
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