The goalkeeping position in Bayern Munich since Oliver Kahn’s exit has been permanetly rotated. The instability has affected the fortunes of the club like in other positions on the field.
Thomas Kraft who was designated as the number one keeper under the ex coach Louis Van Gaal,after the winter break, is scheduled to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season. His contract will not be renewed because of discrepancies between Kraft and Bayern Munich. He wants to be the number one keeper but Bayern can not give him the guarantee. Kraft is already negotiating with Hertha BSC.
Joerg Butt, the new old keeper of Munich has extended his contract for another year till 2012. Butt is ready to play the nominal role as second choice, if negotiations with Manuel Neuer of Schalke comes to fruition.
The sport director of Bayern Munich, Christian Nerlinger, once said,Bayern Munich is not a training ground for young talents. It is no surprise that Kraft and former keeper, Micheal Rensing, could not stand the pressure in Munich.
Bayern need a stark keeper like Kahn once again. If they can secure the services of Neuer, it will bring back stability.
In football a single game can make or break a star. David Alaba, the “wunderkind” of FC Bayern, did not live up to the hype about his talent in the game against Eintracht Frankfurt. Bayern despite leading in the early minutes of the game through Miroslav Klose, let victory slip away from their hands because of David Alaba.
Alaba let Eintracht Frankfurt score two decisive goals in the dying minutes of the game. The disaster for Alaba began in the 87 minutes when he gave a faulty back pass to FC Bayern keeper, Hans-Jörg Butt. Juvhel Tsoumou of Frankfurt quickly exploited the situation to score the equaliser. Two minutes later, Martin fenin, outclassed Alaba in the 18 yard box through body movement to score the decider.
FC Bayern players in show of solidarity with Alaba have not publicly criticized his woeful performance. Even Sport director, Christian Nerlinger, said “the chap is only 17!” However, Udo Lattek, Bundesliga veteran manager and analyst in his column believes that Alaba is too inexperienced. Louis van Gaal , manager of FC Bayern admitted, “i think in the game against Frankfurt, i made the substitution too late.”
Some analyst believe that Alaba’s best position is in the midfield. Diego Contento, who normally plays left full back was reserved. Edson Braafheid another left back alternative is on loan to Celtic Glasgow. Bayern have problems in defense.
It is too early to ascertain if Alaba’s inexperience was the sole reason for his lapses against Frankfurt. In the mean time, he has a lot of work to do in preparing both physically and mentally for the next game.