Samstag, 30. Mai 2020

Also successful in the third Ghost Away game

Some say it was a lackluster victory, others say three points no matter what. What matters is that the Werkself also won their third away game in a row since the re-start, making up for the disappointing home defeat to Autostadt. Remarkably in the statistics of all the ghost games, the decision yesterday was not made by a standard goal. I have not counted, but I felt that 75% of all goals are scored in standard situations.

Anyway, three points, one week break, then the Bavarians come and then it's off to Völklingen for the cup semi-final. The fifth place in the league is as good as certain since yesterday and therefore the direct qualification for the Europa League. Nobody currently knows what the European competition looks like next year anyway. But we will definitely be there and the chances for the Champions League are still good.

Mittwoch, 27. Mai 2020

Unfortunately there are such evenings

Of course, none of us expected that the Werkself would not play a successful home game against the Wolves after the away wins in Bremen and Gladbach. The 1:4 defeat was clear and deserved, without any ifs and buts. On the positive side, you could say that it's better to get four in one game than four times one. If it was good at the end of the day to start a new winning streak, then everything is good.

But it also became clear that Kai Havertz, who is no longer in the team, will bring the whole game to a standstill. And one thing I have learned clearly in the last ten days with ghost games. The home team is at a disadvantage. Last Saturday, for example, there were only two home wins in nine matches, last night there were no home wins in eight national and second division duels. And in addition, in the ghost atmosphere there are significantly more goals scored according to standards. We had benefited from this twice and yesterday we didn't.

So all in all, don't worry about the next away game in Freiburg. The only thing that would be important would be to work on one or the other standard, then statistically speaking nothing can go wrong.

So let's keep our spirits up with our team.

Samstag, 23. Mai 2020

Had fun, albeit differently than usual

Of course, having fun in the stadium is different from playing in front of empty stands, but somehow I had been looking forward to this afternoon for days, because matches against Gladbach have always been tough in recent years. And the conclusion of the afternoon is simply: The Werkself is still on the road to success, the deficits and the points gap to the top 4 are eliminated after the weak first half and the last 7 games can finally put the Bavarian where he belongs.

Even though our substitution bench was mega-strong again today, our coach only changed twice. This brings for the next games at home against the Autostadt and in Breisgau all possibilities to smell good. I am firmly convinced that the width of the squad will be a noticeable plus in the next few weeks. So now it's time to enjoy the evening and continue playing next week as we did on Monday on the Weser and today on the Lower Rhine. So it is still fun to watch the Werkself, even if the fun is different than usual.

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