Battling the Drop | EMPLOYED!?

Hi folks, welcome back to the sixth instalment of ‘Battling the Drop’! Following Tom’s dismissal in the last update, I’m sure that you’re all waiting on tenterhooks to see where he ends up…

Luke – Paderborn (Current Position: 14th)

I’m sitting here – smug as pug – smiling contentedly to myself because a random, unorthodox switch has enabled me to remain perched nicely in the obscurity of mid-table. For now…

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Four points from four games probably doesn’t scream ‘IMPRESSIVE’ at you, but for a side predicted to finish dead last in one of Europe’s more competitive divisions I feel like the kind of the jungle (ish)! I started the session off with a tidy 0-0 draw against 4th placed Stuttgart – despite the fact that our visitors dominated the match, the chances and the possession! A late red card to Oriol Romeu had no impact on the match: we continued to defend for our lives…

Borussia Monchengladbach were next up for us, and it didn’t go well. Our defensive stability was weakened by the loss Hummener, and as a result Rafa really struggled to hold up the fort while his eternal partner was missing – and unfortunately that theme continued in the next match against Ausburg!

Then there was the big one: the league match against James’ Hertha Berlin side! It was only now, in the final game of our session, that I made the switch from desperate defensive play to half-decent counter-attacking swagger… Instead of our 4-5-1, we played in a more expansive 4-1-3-2 formation because James had been planning how to deal with our default game-plan! Goals from Ducksch, Vrancic and Quali sealed the deal: beautiful.

James – Hertha (Current Position: 16th)

Steady progression has seen James’ men rise from the clutches of the trap door to the intriguing position of 16th – Hertha (just like Paderborn) are far from safe…

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One point from four matches has somehow seen Hertha rise out of the relegation zone, but in all fairness: it was an extremely impressive point….

Three straight defeats probably wasn’t the build-up that James had in mind for his second duel of the season against Dortmund, but his sides form clearly had no impact on how is side played at the Olympiastadion on Saturday 13th December! Playing and evidently expansive 4-2-4 formation made James’ plan abundantly clear: he wanted his side to attack…

Julian Schieber netted after just five minutes to give Hertha an unlikely lead, but their dreams were dashed (quite literally, it was a pacey counter attacking goal) by Adrian Ramos! Hertha’s resurgence has started began.

Tom – Werder Bremen (Current Position: 17th)

He’s only gone and done it: Tom has actually managed to bag himself a job, three weeks after his rather underwhelming exit from Koln!

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Bremen have been struggling of late, and have been performing well below their mid-table billing – so sacking their manager for the only other gaffer was performing worse than him was a risky move to say the least! Tom will open his Bremen account in the next blog; for now: here is his predicted starting XI…

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To conclude!

Things are heating up on ‘Battling the Drop’! Tom has been employed by a new club, James is currently mounting a charge on the mid-table brigade, while I (still) continue to plod along without a care in the world(ish).

But before you and I go our separate ways for now: be sure to surf around the site, drop my Facebook Page a like; join our Facebook Group! But more importantly – have a good day, but have an even better week…

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