It was a must-win for the Werkself against the relegation candidate number 1 from Schalke - nothing more. In a tough game, the dominant Werkself showed efficiency, exactly what has been missing in recent weeks. So we quickly put a check mark under the game, look forward to the three points and hope that the playful brilliance of the first half of the season will soon return.
Mittwoch, 24. März 2021
After the series of defeats against consistently weaker opponents, the dismissal of Peter Bosz could unfortunately no longer be avoided, because last Sunday there had also been a heavy defeat with 3:0 at the fourth-last Hertha in Berlin.
With Hannes Wolf, the U18 national coach was loaned out by the DFB until the end of the season, but the real mover and the real news is actually the return of legend Peter Herrmann to the Werkself. Peter Herrmann is the symbol of attractive fun football and has shown in all his years that he can pull both young and older players along. That gives us courage for the rest of the season.
Sonntag, 14. März 2021
It's like a jinx, after last week's win in Gladbach there was more than hope to follow up at home against the third last from Bielefeld. But no way: in the end it was 1:2 and the next disappointment in the current season was perfect again. All in all, and despite all the fan goggles, a point would not have been deserved against Bielefeld, who were too deep, the build-up play was too erratic and the finishing too sloppy.
From week to week, the games in front of the television become less and less emotional, I urgently need to go back to the stadium. It's been a year since I saw the Bavarians in full house in Glasgow. Okay, I was lucky enough to be there for the cup first round and against Leipzig, but none of it compares to a normal match day. Let the season end however it ends and start properly from the beginning next year.
Samstag, 6. März 2021
After today's away win for the Werkself in Gladbach, the fun of football is slowly coming back for me. I hope that today's win will finally put an end to this damned bad series and that the Werkself will switch back into attack mode. It's going to be damn hard to reach the Champions League. Participation in the Europa League, however, makes one dream of some away trips that are not normally on the agenda. It's been almost a year since the Bayer played in Glasgow and I still get a tingle from that Magic Night.
Next week is Bielefeld, who changed coaches earlier this week. Games against teams from the bottom of the table have never been a foregone conclusion this season, on the contrary. Then it's a matter of full concentration and getting back on track.
Sonntag, 28. Februar 2021
And also against Freiburg, the Werkself did not manage to turn the tables and return to the positive path. The negative streak continues and at no point in the game did one have the feeling that the Werkself would leave the pitch with a three-pointer. It is simply inexplicable.
Next week, the team will also be setting itself up. Diaby comes back after his 5th yellow, but Bailey has a break. And with the new injuries to Fosu-Mensah and Frimbong today, it looked more likely that they would be out for longer.
Donnerstag, 25. Februar 2021
Losing to a fourth-division team in the DFB Cup, losing in the Europa League against the Swiss champions in the last 16, that's not enough when you look at the quality of the team. Even though Niklas Lomb made another mistake, all in all that was not decisive for today's elimination, even though it certainly unsettled the team. As a top European team, we would have shaken that off, but we didn't.
Admittedly, I'm not a fan of coaching discussions, but the more than disappointing performances of the last few weeks make this discussion seem inevitable before even the last goal - which is already not really in reach - is wastepaper. Do I have any idea who could do better? No, but the sports press will certainly place one or two candidates in the next few days.
I won't be looking at the newspapers in the next few days, I need a break from the Bayer. But on Sunday at 6 p.m. I'll watch the home game against Freiburg on TV again. It can't get any worse.
Sonntag, 21. Februar 2021
After the lucky 1:1 in the very last second, the Werkself can at least take a point with them from the city of dolls. But the crisis in results continues without any ifs and buts. It doesn't matter that Augsburg didn't manage to win against Bayer in the 20th attempt.
I don't know what got into our midfield, because over the whole 90 minutes you had the feeling that there was no creativity at all. First always through the middle and then always through the outside and crosses, no matter whether there's someone there or not. 75% possession speaks for itself, but the Werkself didn't convert it into anything worthwhile.
It's always the same in football. If you win a few games, you have a run and get three points where you wouldn't have otherwise. If you lose a few times, your self-confidence is shattered and you're lacking in all areas.
On Thursday, it's back to business against Bern. After the 3:4 defeat, we need a win and I know that the boys can do that, because they showed that often enough in the first half of the season.
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