Montag, 18. Oktober 2021

Bayern game off the agenda

There's nothing to read into it. Bayern showed great enthusiasm and efficiency yesterday at the BayArena. Now, of course, we can be frustrated for a long time about the clear defeat or, in view of the many English weeks, we can quickly forget the game and look ahead.

I think the only way forward is to forget about it, because on Thursday we play Real Betis Sevilla in the Europa League and on Sunday we play Cologne. The Werkself must be highly concentrated again. They can do that, because they showed it clearly several times before the international break.

Montag, 4. Oktober 2021

The winning streak does not break in Bielefeld either

4:0 away win - that is the standard result this week. After the Werkself's furious performance at Celtic on Thursday, Bayer also won its away match in Bielefeld with the same result.

This was our team's fifth win in a row in the competition and has caught up with Bayern in the table. Patrik Schick stood out from a good team. First he set up Diaby for the 1:0, then he scored himself with a well-considered low shot for the 2:0 and last but not least he marked the 3:0 with a header in the second half.

But it is and remains the case that it is the team that has won and that is what has probably been missing in recent years, because only with such united team performances can such results be achieved. In the last few years, things have not always looked good in Bielefeld, they were often so-called "grotto games" with sometimes unfortunate outcomes for the Werkself. But yesterday was different, thank God, and that's a good thing.

Now let's just hope that none of the 14 players called up for the national team gets injured, because that's always been the source of the injury misery lately. And then Bayern can come, let's see what happens.

Freitag, 1. Oktober 2021

The star is the team - 4-0 win at Celtic

The star is the team and that includes the entire coaching team. While it was clear after Celtic went behind that the Scots did not have a plan B, the Werkself continued to play their game at Hampden Park in Glasgow and left the pitch as clear winners with 4:0.

The atmosphere before kick-off was already spectacular, as the 55,000 spectators at Celtic Park not only sang the anthem "You'll never walk alone", but also showed an impressive choreography. A great start to a great evening from the Werkself point of view. I would have loved to have been there, as I still have the great atmosphere from the game against Rangers in my head, the last game with fans before the pandemic.

You can't grumble after a 4-0 win - at least not until you've had enough words of praise. Piero Hincapie put in a stellar performance on his starting debut, and not just because the centre-back scored the opening goal. Hincapie and Jonathan Tah formed a bulwark against ferociously attacking Scots. Tah's tackle alone in the 2nd minute was world class and prevented the Scots from scoring the opening goal.

But also the attack showed the offensive potential of the Werkself impressively. Four goals in Scotland is not something everyone does. And last but not least: Lukas Hradecky also showed extraordinary, developing into a nightmare for Celtic's attackers.

So Bayer's performance in Glasgow was by no means flawless. At least at the beginning of the second half, the Scots came very close to scoring the equaliser. So the emphatic victory was also an unmistakable reminder to stay focused for 90 minutes to avoid a rude awakening at the Bielefeld Alm next Sunday.

Sonntag, 19. September 2021

One team

Sure, the first English week of this season could have gone better, but still, despite the defeat last week against Dortmund, we can be satisfied after the two victories against Budapest and today in Stuttgart. Dortmund is in a class of its own, we have to accept that, and Budapest was the necessary win against perhaps the weakest team in our Europa League group. But a look at the past shows that we've also blown it here and there. But today in Stuttgart was a victory for the whole team, when you see how everyone was there for each other defensively and offensively after the - justified - red card against Robert Andrich. And it's interesting to see what a new coach has done with Tah and Demirbay, who are now an integral part of the team.

All in all, a successful start to the season and don't let up. Before the next international break, we have to play Mainz at home and Celtic Glasow. But with our recent performances, we don't have to be afraid here and can continue to build up self-confidence for more.

Samstag, 28. August 2021

Augsburg suits us

In the 21st meeting between the Puppenkiste and the Werkself, FCA did not emerge victorious either. On the contrary, four goals were scored by our team and only one by Augsburg. Admittedly, our team only netted two out of four times itself, but own goals happen exactly when you aggressively pursue and put the opponent under pressure. Ultimately, the same description applies to the Augsburg goal against us. So the Werkself goes into the international break undefeated.

Nothing has been won yet, but you can't give away the points you have. After the break, it's important to show directly against Dortmund who's the master in the house and that in 2021/22 the path only goes past the Bayer. If you listen to the interviews with the players, it's clear that the boys are up for it and the mood in the team is good. But as I said, the road is still long and the tough English weeks are still to come, but with the latest signings, the squad is now probably broad enough to successfully meet these challenges.

Samstag, 21. August 2021

A magic night at the BayArena

Who would have thought after the preparation and the start of the season so far that we would sweep Gladbach out of the stadium with a more than deserved 4:0. While the Werkself celebrated exhilarating football at times, the visitors failed at almost everything.

With the support of the crowd, our team started aggressively from the beginning and pursued the ball decisively. Our two full-backs, in particular, livened up the game considerably. You would wish that every home game was played to this standard, although of course we would all like 100% capacity even better than with 50%.

Next week we go to Augsburg. Yes, we've never lost there. But I remember that last year we equalised with the very last action in the 95th minute through Tapsoba. Guys, take the game seriously.  

Sonntag, 15. August 2021

Satisfied with the point at the Alte Försterei

Bayer 04 were unperturbed by the early irritations at the Alte Försterei stadium and deserved the one point in a 1-1 draw. After Diaby's equaliser, the Werkself was clearly the leading team until half-time. 

The game did not find a winner, but in the relevant statistics the Werkself was ahead. Twice as many shots on goal as the opponents, twice as much possession, advantages in tackling and passing - all this can be seen as positive after the unsuccessful preparation.

And all of this makes you want more, not least because the Foals from Ostholland are coming next Saturday for the top game. They, in turn, also feel like winners after the 1:1 against Bayern at home. Let's see what the game will bring, but one thing is clear: we have to score at home much more often than last year, because we lost the Champions League at the BayArena.

Bayern game off the agenda

There's nothing to read into it. Bayern showed great enthusiasm and efficiency yesterday at the BayArena. Now, of course, we can be frus...