Rugbi? I first got an idea of what rugby was a few years ago on a beach in the French Atlantic, when a group of young people were walking along the sand towards the sea and the waves. They took off their T-shirts, and from that moment on, despite our presence, our section of the beach easily beat all neighboring sections in terms of body mass and percentage of muscles. Okay, we thought, this doesn’t look like a bachelor party, more like a sport, but which one exactly?
The question became clearer after the boys returned from the waves and soon pulled an egg-shaped structure out of the bag. It was clear that the French rugby team was passing the time here, and what followed on the beach was extremely impressive. A mock egg battle, tough and fast, flexing muscle and strategy, players are as fair as they are fearless. The duels, which prompted us to immediately call emergency services, were met with grateful smiles on the sand. Bien fait! So this is rugby.
Dortmund are simply not good enough
Since then, we have watched this sport with great pleasure and understand friends who were relaxing on the beach back then when they spoke on the phone that no, they had not watched football in two weeks on the Atlantic. Just rugby. The World Cup in France is great, it’s a completely different league than football.
The German rugby team will not take part in the World Cup. Not good enough. In principle, the French do not play against Germany, because it would be too dangerous for our team. Quasi Lauterbach: healthcare. But at least the French are still playing football against us. Like their top team Paris Saint-Germain against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday.
After watching this game, from Dortmund’s point of view, you have to say that perhaps it would have been better if you had let it go. Dortmund are simply not good enough. What appears to be five per cent possession and an error-free sequence of passes in a maximum of two stations may not be how you should feel about the French football champions, who line up in attack with Mbappe, Dembele and Kolo Mouani.
Perhaps a better place to start would be the Conference League. Or another suggestion: retraining. If each of them gained twenty kilograms of muscle, then one could imagine, for example, Dortmund’s Can and Schlotterbeck, with their close to the ground, almost equal game and constant tackles, as quite tolerable rugby players. They can also hit the ball far. Perhaps it’s worth thinking about.
Source: Frantfurter Allgemeine
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