Samstag, 15. Januar 2022

2:0 lead brought to the finish

It has not always been the case this season that a 2:0 lead was enough for the Werkself to take three points in the end. Thank goodness it was different in today's away game in Gladbach, because apart from the connecting goal, the Gladbachers were not to succeed. On the contrary, Bayer even had the chance to make it 3:1 with their second penalty and a subsequent great chance from Adli.

The statisticians say that it was the first time since 2014 that a team "managed" to miss two penalties in one match. Who knows what it's good for. All in all, however, a well-deserved victory for our squad, which lifts us back up to 3rd place. That oll but not rest, because the chasers are still numerous. Next Saturday is against Augsburg Nachlegen a must.

Samstag, 8. Januar 2022

Bleak?

Bleak is the keyword of the afternoon for me. Desolate because the Werkself once again failed to clinch a three-goal win at home after taking the lead. Comfortable above all because once again no spectators were allowed into the stadium.

After the game, I don't know what to make of the 2:2 against Union at home. We go in the lead, get before the break the 1:1 and are after 50 minutes 1:2 behind. Storming run after that would have certainly looked different, but you can also argue that it was a controlled offense. The 2:2 shortly before the end in my opinion completely in order. Union would then have had to net in the 90th, however.

Thus, the Werkself remains one point ahead of Union. Hoffenheim is now over, Freiburg plays at home against Bielefeld also only a draw. And after that, Frankfurt and Dortmund play against each other. A Frankfurt win wouldn't do us any good. 

Then we'll just have to score three points next week in Gladbach. Then we'll see whether they've ended their period of weakness and whether yesterday's win in Bavaria wasn't just a flash in the pan. But I'm in favor of a flash in the pan.

Sonntag, 19. Dezember 2021

With another defeat from the year

Once again, it was not meant to be. For a long time it looked like a 1-1 draw for the Werkself in Breisgau, but a lack of concentration ten minutes before the end led to a 2-1 defeat. There's not much to comment on now, because at some point it's enough to make you speechless.

Let's look forward to a three-week break and hope that everything will be better in 2022.

Donnerstag, 16. Dezember 2021

Crazy

It's crazy. Our team repeatedly takes a deserved 2:0 lead in a Bundesliga match and once again fails to win against Hoffenheim. There's no point in beating up on the team now. Nevertheless, we have to show a reaction in Freiburg on Sunday. We can do it, we've shown that often enough this season. And despite last week's away defeat in Frankfurt, we've always played better away than at home in recent months.

Dienstag, 14. Dezember 2021

Every hour comes to an end

After the 5:2 defeat in Frankfurt, I largely do not share the numerous postings in the social media that speak of a weak performance by the Werkself. Sure, if you lead 2:0 away from home early on and then get five, then the criticism is obvious. But if you take off your club glasses, you have to say that at least two of the goals scored by the Eagles were completely lucky goals that you only score once every five years. Sure, they were well done, but you can't defend against them.

What are the lessons learned for Wednesday's home game against Hoffenheim: keep playing, then the goals will come, but be more aggressive in the duels to show the visitors who's boss from the start. Then a three-goal win is possible, even if Hoffenheim is the team of the moment. Figuratively speaking, every hour comes to an end at some point.

Freitag, 10. Dezember 2021

Nothing happens in Budapest

Of course it's annoying to lose 1:0 by a goal shortly before the end. Budapest didn't really have anything to counter throughout the game, but still left the pitch as the winner. More important for us is that we almost rotated and were able to try out one or the other formation at least in the second half - even if only for a short time. We left the round as group winners, but that was already clear beforehand.

On Sunday in Frankfurt, it's all about more. The Hessians still haven't really arrived in the season, but they could set one or two needle marks with victories in Freiburg and at Bayern. Let's hope that the home weakness of the Eagles continues.

Sonntag, 5. Dezember 2021

Fürth does well

Very effective and cool-headed, that's how the Werkself's highest home win in Bundesliga history with 7:1 against Fürth can be described in summary. And another record should not go unmentioned: Patrik Schick was the first Bayer player to score four goals in one match. The next record on this matchday, however, is more a source of pity, as SpVgg Greuther Fürth have now become the first team in Bundesliga history ever to lose twelve games in a row.

But we are looking at ourselves and not at the opponent. I'm glad that the game ended the way it did. I already had a queasy feeling on the way to the stadium. Just as I got out of the car, it started raining cats and dogs. Add to that the adverse circumstances and regulations in the wake of the pandemic. And against Fürth, everyone was expecting a win. If you lose or only get one point, then you're the nation's fool and everything in the future is immediately called into question. But it didn't come to that, on the contrary.

Thursday Budapest we can take a relaxed approach and rotate completely. We have secured first place and Budapest has been eliminated. This means that the rotation no longer has any influence on the performance of the others. Next Sunday in Frankfurt we are challenged again and we should keep in mind that we haven't lost away from home yet this season.

2:0 lead brought to the finish

It has not always been the case this season that a 2:0 lead was enough for the Werkself to take three points in the end. Thank goodness it w...