17 games, only one goal: stay in it. The relegation battle promises drama once again, big names are in danger.
Kevin Vogt trained for the first time at Werder Bremen, attacker Fin Bartels also mixed in again – but suddenly the boss was missing.
Florian Kohfeldt h-tete at home on Wednesday, the trainer missed the two important units before the Keller-Krimi for the round opener at Fortuna Düsseldorf. And so only co-trainer Tim Borowski worked to ensure that Werder finally gets close at the back.
All the cellar children of the Bundesliga, such as Paderborn, Koln, Mainz or Frankfurt, are dragging their problems around with them – with Werder it is the sloppy defensive that is struggling in the relegation battle.
The Hanseatic League did not play to zero once in the first round. “It’s very de-talented and of course embarrassing,” Captain Niklas Moisander told Sport Bild: “But it’s also motivation. We know that if the round is to be successful, this has to change.”
Funkel sees advantage in tight races until the end
17 games, only one goal: stay in it. Like the competition, Werder will crash in second-class with all its might. The relegation battle promises more dramatic in the next few weeks, besides Werder even bigger names are in danger. Even Hertha BSC under Junrgen Klinsmann and Eintracht Frankfurt measure that they quickly narrow the distance to the danger zone.
And the fight for the class begins with a small final, the Fortuna with a victory could increase the gap on the penultimate Bremen to the newcomer Vogt to four points. Trainer Friedhelm Funkel expects a close race until the end one way or another – and sees this as an advantage for his team.
“We were set from the beginning to be 17th or 18th, that might happen again in the R’ckround,” said the 66-year-old, who with an intermediate sprint a year ago (13 points from the first seven games) laid the foundation for the spéteren “But other clubs may not have expected it so much, that’s a small advantage for us.
Koln becomes a rise trend
The 1. FC Koln, that the up-and-coming trend under Markus Gisdol also against the VfL Wolfsburg. There were three wins in a row before Christmas, in the six games under Gisdol the traditional club scored more points (ten) than in the eleven games under its forward Achim Beierlorzer (seven). “In the last three games they’ve saved their ass, otherwise it’s really tight,” said club idol Lukas Podolski.
And was with the SC Paderborn? Will the crass au-en-side continue? The fact that the distance to the relegation rank affects only three Z’hlers gives the East Westphalians courage despite the hard kick-off program (Leverkusen, Freiburg, Wolfsburg). “Everyone is giving full throttle. We want to keep evolving,” said trainer Steffen Baumgart: “I am convinced of class preservation”.