Sonntag, 13. November 2022

Reconciliatory

With a 2-0 home win against VfB Stuttgart, the year 2022 comes to an end for the Werkself, the last two match days of the first half of the season will then be played after the World Cup break in the second half of January. Nine points from the last three games, which few had expected after the games before. All in all, however, a conciliatory end to what was nevertheless a messed-up first half of the season.

Take a breather, and rebuild, that's the keyword for the next two months. Let's be surprised what will happen.

Donnerstag, 10. November 2022

Balm for the soul

Victories like the one in Cologne last night are balm for the soul. It's undisputed that the Werkself scored a lucky win in Cologne yesterday. But honestly, we've also had our share of bad luck this season, just think of the many goals we've conceded after penalties were awarded following VAR evidence, which were certainly not all justified. Be that as it may. Three points on the credit side with a derby win and a successful follow-up to the Union victory should give us the courage to successfully overcome the upcoming home game against Stuttgart.

Montag, 7. November 2022

Is the knot coming undone now?

We needed a game like yesterday's 5-0 home win against Union Berlin. This game, which was tough until halftime, can serve to loosen knots and look ahead again with more confidence. Sometimes you also need a little luck and mistakes by the opponent, but that's part of football.

I was still very disappointed at half-time and everyone in my block was of the opinion that the defense was standing though. But none of my stadium neighbors seriously believed that the offense would manage to make decisive stabs. But it all turned out differently, and that's how you see it: when things are going well, things that had gone wrong a hundred times before start to work. And then suddenly it's 5:0.

Now we can't rest: Wednesday in Cologne and then at home against Stuttgart. With two wins, we can join the midfield and then do our homework in the winter and push ahead with the rebuild.

The knot is a little looser, but not yet untied.

Mittwoch, 2. November 2022

The offense must now deliver

I can't share some of the comments about yesterday's - obviously boring - game against Bruges. Porto quickly took a 2-0 lead in the parallel game, so a draw would be enough for us to stay in the Europa League. And one thing was also clear, Brugge were sure to finish second and would have to net to progress as group winners and thus get the supposedly easier opponent in the next round and play away first. With this money shortage situation, you can't go all in, it's more about being defensively stable and holding the zero. And we succeeded in doing that.

Nevertheless, the Werkself must operate differently in the upcoming Bundesliga games. There's no doubt that the offense will be in demand. And the point is, of course, not to endanger defensive stability in the process.

Despite all this, the team must be significantly rebuilt in the winter to prevent the worst case in 2023. And realistically, last night was the last time for many years that we heard the Champions League anthem live in our stadium.

Donnerstag, 27. Oktober 2022

Crazy

You think the game is over because the referee blows the whistle. And then it's not over. Thank God Hradecky gets the penalty from Atlético, but I honestly wonder why re-shots are still allowed then. However, it went well and we at least continue to have the chance to enter the Europa League next week.

Anyway, it was a much better performance yesterday at Atlético than in previous weeks. Let's just hope that this upward trend continues in the coming weeks. We still need points, there's nothing to give away. Somehow you also have the feeling that the injury list is getting shorter, then suddenly completely different players are new on this list. And so a broad squad suddenly becomes relatively thin. We have to get through that and we'll get through it. Hopefully successfully.

Sonntag, 23. Oktober 2022

Stand together

When my son tweets: "You're sixteenth in the table, you play a draw against WOB and get applause from your fans. What does that do to you?" then that impressively describes the situation in which we find ourselves.

The important thing is that we all stand together, as we did yesterday, to get out of this difficult situation. I'm still betting that the team will get a new face in the winter transfer window and that we can then leave the relegation places in the second half of the season. I know that hope dies last, but sometimes you have to be allowed to dream a little in these days. That's all I have to say today. And I know that happiness will return at some point. But when is someday, I've been asking myself for weeks?

Sonntag, 16. Oktober 2022

It remains difficult

Even in mid-October, the situation of the Werkself has not changed despite the change of coach. On the contrary, after yesterday's 5:1 defeat in Frankfurt, one rather has the feeling that the team has reached a new low. Of course, it's frustrating when you have six video decisions against you in the last 3 games alone, all of which went against the Werkself. And it is also of little use the recurring statements that you have to stick together as a team and everyone has to go another way for each other.

I am not a coach and have no insight into the training business. But the fact is that it's obviously not the coach's fault, but the team's. At the beginning of the season, I wasn't a critic of the transfer policy. All I know is that the transfer market was very difficult in the lower million range. In that respect, of course, we have a team with a number of players who are now expected to pull the coals out of the fire, but who will certainly not feature in the medium term.

Somehow, despite all the criticism of the Qatar World Cup, I'm glad that the league is already going into a longer winter break in November. And the number of Werkself players in Qatar will be rather low after the performances of the last weeks. So the Bayer has longer than usual to rebuild during the winter break. For better or worse, the squad will have to be reshuffled in order to stoke up the competition in training as well. In addition, there is an urgent need to work on increasing the lack of offensive punch. Patrik Schick is the best example. However, I think it's right to let him continue playing despite the lack of goals in recent weeks. Sooner or later, the point will come that he nets again, and then hopefully more often. Every dry spell comes to an end, even in the relegation battle.

Reconciliatory

With a 2-0 home win against VfB Stuttgart, the year 2022 comes to an end for the Werkself, the last two match days of the first half of the ...