Donnerstag, 19. Mai 2022

The neverchampions season review 2021/22

The good news in retrospect is that the Bayer qualified for the Champions League. In retrospect, however, it must also be noted that the exit in the cup at home against Karlsruhe was unnecessary. Especially in the DFB Cup would have been more in it. The same applies to the Europa League and the exit against Bergamo. Especially in the Europa League: Bayer fails against Bergamo. Bergamo then fails against Leipzig. Leipzig then fails against Glasgow and Rangers lose the final against Frankfurt.

But back to the season forecast from 2.8.2021

Somehow my season forecast seems to show consistency in that I correctly predicted three out of four Champions League participants, as I did last year. Summa summarum, I correctly predicted the first two with Bayern and Dortmund, even if I don't like it. Leipzig I had seen on 3 and with it the re-entry into the Champions League. Now they've finished fourth and still go into the Champions League.

Wolfsburg I had pegged for the fourth Champions League spot, but it was a messed up season for the them. Cup exit in round 1 in Münster after a change. Early coach dismissal of van Bommel and then Kohfeldt, who after a comparatively good start also gets nothing more on the chain. Thus, only 12th place and the search for a new coach for the new season.

I had predicted that our Werkself would finish in 5th place. Thank God, and deservedly so, it turned out to be better than that.

For the Europa League and Conference League I had seen Frankfurt and Hoffenheim next to us. Okay, Frankfurt in the league only 11th place, but won the Europa League and thus next year in the Champions League.

Hoffenheim, on the other hand, was still very well in the race for the international places until halfway through the second half of the season, but have felt in the last nine games of the season no longer fetched three. That's not enough for Europe.

The international places then went to Union, Freiburg and Cologne, who I had expected to be more in the midfield (10th and 12th and 13th respectively). Home strength is the name of the game for me here.
And even with the relegated teams, my forecasting power was not bad, as I saw both Bielefeld and Fürth as relegated teams. In the previous year, I also had Düsseldorf and Paderborn both correctly relegated, but none in the year before that.

Until 17.22 clock was also my tip that the VfB Stuttgart 16th place occupied good. But then the Swabians gave the Cologne team another one and jumped to the save place, whereas Hertha BSC now has to go into the relegation against Hamburger SV.

Speaking of Hertha: for me, the disappointment of the season. Bobic is the new sports director, Windhorst supposedly brings in a lot of money. But that didn't do the capital club much good, because even legendary coach Felix Magath missed three match points at the end to keep the team in the relegation zone.

For most teams, the season is now over. The Werkself is still on a marketing tour in Mexico, followed by a few international matches. And it all starts at the end of July with the first main round of the DFB Cup. The league starts a week later, and before that we'll have the never-before-seen 2022/23 season forecast.

Stay healthy everyone.

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