Sonntag, 14. August 2022

Low point reached

After three defeats in a row, the Werkself has hit rock bottom and sends its regards to the bottom of the Bundesliga table. Statistically, this is the worst start to a Bundesliga season since the club's promotion in 1979. That's not our aspiration, not what we had in mind. Accordingly, it's clear that we're all very disappointed. Our backs are clearly against the wall ahead of the next home game against Hoffenheim.

Somehow, you had the feeling the whole time that Bayer played without a midfield against Augsburg. There were enough chances to avert the home defeat. We also know, however, that strikers break their stride after scoring a goal. But that's precisely why a goal for Patrick Schick and Sardar Azmoun is needed next week. And be it, it is used with a "Kullerball". That alone is not enough, of course, because the defense is nowhere near as solid as it was a year ago. So there are plenty of tasks for the coaching team in the next few days. Let's get to work. We all know we can do it.

Sonntag, 7. August 2022

Unfortunate

After the embarrassment of Elversberg, the worst was actually to be feared. Okay, with the 1-0 defeat we don't take anything countable home with us, but overall the defeat can be described as unfortunate. The Werkself had clear opportunities to equalize, especially in the second half. It was not to be.

One thing is clear. We're under pressure against Augsburg next weekend to prevent a real false start. We've never lost to Augsburg before, and the Fuggerstädter's performance yesterday at home against Freiburg means we're clear favorites going into the game. Maybe those are the toughest games, but a three-goal win is a must for us.

Montag, 1. August 2022

The never champions season forecast 2022/23

The new season is just around the corner, time to publish my never champions season forecast. As always, you can praise or criticize my forecasting ability at the end of the season.

Last season's predictions had consistency in that I correctly predicted three out of four Champions League contenders. I have not been particularly good at relegation predictions in the past. This has improved in the last two years, as I correctly predicted both direct relegations in the past two seasons.

 And here are my run-in expectations for the upcoming season:

1) Bayern Munich: I repeat myself in comparison to the previous year: yes, unfortunately, Bayern will probably remain the measure of all things in the league again, even if many - like me - do not like this.

2) Dose Leipzig: I think Leipzig has learned from the previous year. Playing certainly one of the TOP teams with clear strategic direction. But we have also learned that, if necessary, we can make decisive personnel additions during the winter break.

3) Borussia Dortmund: The team is in a good position, but the current personnel situation is still in the back of our minds. Anything other than a ranking of three and worse would be a disappointment. But this time, only the runner-up to Bayern.
 

4.) VfL Wolfsburg: Whether you like it or not, with the squad and the new coach, the Champions League must be in it. The structures have improved.

5) In the draft, I had us ranked higher, but after the defeat in Elversberg, I reconsidered. Year two is also always harder for a new coach. We are still missing an outside and whether it's nice or not, we still have to part with some players to reach an optimal squad size.

6) Hoffenheim: Difficult to assess, but certainly stronger than last year. New brooms certainly sweep well at the beginning of the season, but out the back?

7.) Eintracht Frankfurt: After a good international last year, the eagle should attack again nationally, even if the Champions League costs strength.

8) Borussia M'Gladbach: In the self-portrayal, the responsible persons see themselves rather further ahead, but the everyday life with a new coach looks different.

9) SC Freiburg: Consistency will also stand out this year. Streich can also keep the class this year with the squad, but certainly not qualify for Europe again.

10) Hertha BSC: At some point, as a capital club, you also have to invest properly, market yourself properly and have crisp investors to do better. But that's no use if your investor has money, but the right players don't necessarily want to come to the capital. But after the elimination in the cup, you can fully concentrate on the league and on becoming number 1 in Berlin again.

11) Union Berlin: Good personnel, supported by the environment, should once again keep the class in view of the continuing euphoria in the environment, even if not as easy as last year.

12) Mainz 05: After the strong second half of the season, the team is certainly entering the new season with a tailwind; the points should be enough to keep them in the class and land in the secure midfield.

13) 1. FC Köln: Class retention is realistic. One or two surprising home points should be enough to keep them in the lower end of the midfield.

14) FC Augsburg: Actually, this non-super team can't do more than sort itself out just outside the relegation places.

15) Werder Bremen: Actually a likeable squad, but unfortunately I fear that with the current squad "only" keeping up with the relegation is possible.

16) Schalke: The financial difficulties do not allow for more this season. Even if the environment bears, no more than relegation remains possible.

17) VfB Stuttgart: I'm not convinced by the transfer policy. According to their own self-image, they want more, but so does everyone else. This year, however, there are 16 better teams.

18) VfL Bochum: The euphoria helped to get the decisive points at home in the pot last year. Year two will be more difficult and not everything is likely to go so smoothly.

 

You can find the bookmakers' prediction here:

https://www.fussballportal.de/wettquoten-deutscher-meister

The fans' should be available soon at the following link:

https://www.bundesligabarometer.de/

And if you participate in betting games, check out the following link:

https://www.bundesliga-prognose.de/

Sonntag, 31. Juli 2022

What an embarrassment

I had been looking forward to the start of the season for weeks and made my way to Elversberg at the weekend. I suspected it in advance, because in the villages we were never really successful. Lotte and Unterhaching send their regards, but the list is certainly longer.

Supposedly, the stadium in Elversberg should be a jewel box of the 3rd league. What we encountered on site was more like a soccer field plowed into a mountain with more sponsor seats than seats for normal people. But all that must not and cannot irritate a top German team.

We completely deserved to lose the game. You could say spitefully: It's great that we scored three goals against a third-division team. But that's no use if your defense acts like a bunch of chickens, the midfield doesn't provide any impetus and the offense should have done a lot more. It's just pure frustration, especially when the coach is still making a mess of himself with the substitutions. No coach discussion, no. The attitude of all players was not right in front and behind, that was the decisive factor. If you score the tying goal after 88 minutes, then you get the ball out of the net and put it at the center and then you go on. And on Saturday? There we let the Elversberger bring the ball back to the kickoff in peace and again the game time went on.

There is still more than much to do. And that in all areas.

Donnerstag, 19. Mai 2022

The neverchampions season review 2021/22

The good news in retrospect is that the Bayer qualified for the Champions League. In retrospect, however, it must also be noted that the exit in the cup at home against Karlsruhe was unnecessary. Especially in the DFB Cup would have been more in it. The same applies to the Europa League and the exit against Bergamo. Especially in the Europa League: Bayer fails against Bergamo. Bergamo then fails against Leipzig. Leipzig then fails against Glasgow and Rangers lose the final against Frankfurt.

But back to the season forecast from 2.8.2021 https://neverchampions.blogspot.com/2021/08/the-never-champions-season-forecast.html

Somehow my season forecast seems to show consistency in that I correctly predicted three out of four Champions League participants, as I did last year. Summa summarum, I correctly predicted the first two with Bayern and Dortmund, even if I don't like it. Leipzig I had seen on 3 and with it the re-entry into the Champions League. Now they've finished fourth and still go into the Champions League.

Wolfsburg I had pegged for the fourth Champions League spot, but it was a messed up season for the them. Cup exit in round 1 in Münster after a change. Early coach dismissal of van Bommel and then Kohfeldt, who after a comparatively good start also gets nothing more on the chain. Thus, only 12th place and the search for a new coach for the new season.

I had predicted that our Werkself would finish in 5th place. Thank God, and deservedly so, it turned out to be better than that.

For the Europa League and Conference League I had seen Frankfurt and Hoffenheim next to us. Okay, Frankfurt in the league only 11th place, but won the Europa League and thus next year in the Champions League.

Hoffenheim, on the other hand, was still very well in the race for the international places until halfway through the second half of the season, but have felt in the last nine games of the season no longer fetched three. That's not enough for Europe.

The international places then went to Union, Freiburg and Cologne, who I had expected to be more in the midfield (10th and 12th and 13th respectively). Home strength is the name of the game for me here.
And even with the relegated teams, my forecasting power was not bad, as I saw both Bielefeld and Fürth as relegated teams. In the previous year, I also had Düsseldorf and Paderborn both correctly relegated, but none in the year before that.

Until 17.22 clock was also my tip that the VfB Stuttgart 16th place occupied good. But then the Swabians gave the Cologne team another one and jumped to the save place, whereas Hertha BSC now has to go into the relegation against Hamburger SV.

Speaking of Hertha: for me, the disappointment of the season. Bobic is the new sports director, Windhorst supposedly brings in a lot of money. But that didn't do the capital club much good, because even legendary coach Felix Magath missed three match points at the end to keep the team in the relegation zone.

For most teams, the season is now over. The Werkself is still on a marketing tour in Mexico, followed by a few international matches. And it all starts at the end of July with the first main round of the DFB Cup. The league starts a week later, and before that we'll have the never-before-seen 2022/23 season forecast.

Stay healthy everyone.

Sonntag, 15. Mai 2022

Deserved party

The game was a minor matter, even if Freiburg probably needed a goal last to enter the Champions League, but the results on the other places changed quickly. Thus, after the outstanding long-range shot by Palacios in the 97th minute and the 2-1 home victory, the Werkself remains in 3rd place, Freiburg ends the season in 6th place, but may still play in the cup final against Leipzig next week.

The party after the game remains in the memory. The outgoing Rudi Völler climbed over the fence of the North Stand to the fans after the final whistle and addressed his word to the fans. "What was going on here in the stadium today, just terrific," he said - before intoning the Uffta with the supporters. Thank you Rudi for 28 years under the Bayer cross. And thanks also to Baumi for six years of service to the Werkself. You were an important part of the squad.

The Werkself is now off to Mexico for a PR and marketing tour - that's the way it has to be. For the national players, there are still a few international matches to come. I'm looking forward to the next season and the start with the 1st Cup round on the last weekend in July.

But before the season really comes to an end for me, there is still the niemalsmeister review of the 2021/22 season forecast this week.

Sonntag, 8. Mai 2022

Done

Thanks to a significant improvement in performance in the second half, Bayer Leverkusen turned the game around at TSG Hoffenheim and thus secured qualification for the 2022/23 Champions League. Done. The important thing is to have achieved the victory under our own steam. But even if we had lost, we would have made it, because Freiburg lost at home to Union at the same time, so we would have been assured of 4th place in any case. Now it's 3rd place and completely deserved.

Why Patrick Schick is currently unsellable for us was clearly seen yesterday. Not every top striker would have scored his two goals like that. And that was certainly the basis for yesterday's victory. Now we can go into the stadium completely relaxed next Saturday and experience a hopefully relaxed home game against Freiburg. But yesterday's victory also has an unpleasant aftertaste, because our victory means that the team from the other side of the Rhine is now in Europe. Maybe they'll say thank you.

Low point reached

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