Fußball-Bundesliga: Viele Klubs ringen nach Re-Start um den Rhythmus
Quite quickly, Oliver Glasner put a stop to Eintracht Frankfurt’s work win against FC Schalke 04 (3-0) at the weekend, which he also felt was far too high. The coach confirmed that the bottom of the table in the Bundesliga had the better playing system, while the second in the table self-critically questioned his performance.
“If we play every game like this, we won’t score as many points as we would like,” said the 48-year-old. At the same time, the Austrian saw it coming: The long break with eight weeks of World Cup breaks robbed many teams of the automatisms, which is why Glasner before the away games at SC Freiburg (Wednesday 8.30 p.m.) and FC Bayern Munich (Saturday 6.30 p.m.) the mileage of almost 122 kilometers (five more than Schalke) and the number of 279 sprints (24 more than Schalke).
An indication for him: Physically, a team that thrives on their intense, physical style is already in good shape; the many units in the training camp in Dubai have paid off. “Physically, the break didn’t cost us as much as it did in terms of football,” said the Frankfurt soccer coach.
Eintracht Frankfurt has a squad with big differences
He leads a squad that came out of the World Cup cut with completely different stress levels. Here a Randal Kolo Muani, who shot the French to world champions almost at the last minute, there Kevin Trapp and Mario Götze, who returned home with Germany much earlier than expected, and the Dane Jesper Lindström actually had more World Cup appearances in mind set.
And then there are the majority of professionals who haven’t played a competitive game since November 13 (1-1 at FSV Mainz 05). Like the Europa League winners and Champions League round of 16, many teams are still looking for the right rhythm.
41 goals on matchday 16 is a record this season
By far the longest winter preparation compared to the top European leagues is a weighing process: On the one hand, the basics can be better developed, which can still be important with a view to international competitions, on the other hand, the automatisms and processes still have to be honed in practice. When working collectively against the ball, competition cannot be replaced by training.
The completely unusual flood of goals with 41 goals revealed that many teams still need to coordinate a lot, especially on the defensive. The 16th matchday was the season with the highest number of goals. Since the turn of the millennium, there have only been more goals on matchday 34 of the 2001/02 season (44). Which at that time was easily explained by the fact that for a number of teams it was no longer about anything that took it easy.
1. FC Köln used the more training time
There can be no question of that now. It was all the more astonishing that there were two complete failures: both SC Freiburg (0:6 at VfL Wolfsburg) and Werder Bremen (1:7 at 1. FC Köln) complained that all their defense mechanisms had crashed. On the other hand, the Cologne team’s attacking moves rarely worked as well as they did in the opening game.
Coach Steffen Baumgart justified the storm vortex with this: “We were able to train and rehearse processes.” He accepts the fact that he is now going to FC Bayern (Tuesday 8.30 p.m.) as a challenge: “We also want to play our kind of football in Munich. We want to act just as courageously as in the other games.” Then the Rhinelanders would be the biggest beneficiaries of the restart.
Borussia Dortmund has not turned off the defense problems
But not everyone did the extra training time really well: Borussia Dortmund revealed well-known defense weaknesses in the sometimes wild home game against FC Augsburg (4: 3). Pressing, set pieces, remaining defense: They actually wanted to use the game-free phase in Dortmund to work on their deficiencies.
But the adventurous appearance against relegation candidates caused disillusionment. Central defender Nico Schlotterbeck, who was also prone to making mistakes at the World Cup, summed up Black and Yellow’s cardinal problem well: “It was quality up front and no quality at the back.” But even those clubs that were more stable still need practice.
The many appointments could help
Like coach Marco Rose, who despite the deserved draw against FC Bayern (1-1) said: “You also noticed that after two months without a game we still lack the rhythm.” But in this respect, the organizers of the schedule, criticized by many fans, of immediately arranging an English week in the middle of winter, have done something good, at least for the coaches: The tight timing allows the teams to consolidate their systems very quickly.
The last round of the first half of the season is now scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, with the 18th matchday following at the weekend. And even after that there is no respite for most of them. Ten top division clubs are still involved in the DFB Cup round of 16, which was stretched over four dates for the first time. The games FSV Mainz against Bayern Munich (February 1 / 8:45 p.m.) and Eintracht Frankfurt against SV Darmstadt 98 (February 7 / 8:45 p.m.) are broadcast live on the first.
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