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Teamcheck FC Augsburg: Wie lange hält die “Unabsteigbarkeit”

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Status: 01/13/2023 10:35 a.m

A lot should be different at FC Augsburg this season. And yet some things remind you of the past seasons. The Augsburg stuck again in the relegation battle. Unrest is spreading in the training camp.

There was a phase this season when the world of FC Augsburg seemed rosy. After a few – typical – wobbles at the beginning of the season, the team of new coach Enrico Maassen stabilized, took a whopping ten points from four games and even plunged the record champions into a crisis with the win against FC Bayern.

The newcomers around Mergim Berisha and Elvis Rexhbecaj hit. Goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz, counted before the season, was in top form. For a short time it almost looked as if FCA would experience a season in which they would have little to do with relegation.

Two points from seven games

short term. Because after the high came the low. The last victory of Augsburg is now more than two months ago. On October 2nd, the Fuggerstadt team won against newly promoted and table bottom Schalke 04.

Since then, the Maaßen team have only picked up two points from seven Bundesliga games. The Augsburgers are currently in 14th place, just one point behind a relegation place, two behind a direct relegation zone. 15 points from 15 games – not enough.

Gikiewicz: “Relegation battle every year”

“Before the season, I really hoped that we would experience a new situation and not be at the bottom every Christmas break,” Gikiewicz said in a BR Sport interview after the last defeat against VfL Bochum. “Almost every year it’s almost the same situation. Every year relegation battle.”

A lack of willingness to run cannot be attested to the people of Augsburg. They press much earlier than last season, but often seem overwhelmed when playing with the ball.

Augsburg worst home team in the league

This is also reflected in the home table. FCA are the worst team in the league at home, they only won against Bayern. The Augsburgers were seldom decisive in the game, they almost never dominated the game.

Victories like against Bremen and Bayern are partly due to the strong performance of Gikiewicz. The Pole played well in both games and played a key role in FCA’s narrow victories.

Maassen: “The way is the right one”

The situation at the Augsburg team was particularly aggravated by the 1-0 defeat in the basement duel against VfL Bochum. Because with a win in the last game before the winter break, you could have scored the so-called “big points”. “If we had scored 18 points, then we would have said it was a good round,” said Maassen. “So we have to say that we’re on the right track, but the results haven’t always been right.”

Unrest in the training camp

In addition to the tricky table situation, there was also unrest in the training camp. Midfielder Carlos Gruezo did not travel to Spain. The Ecuadorian is said to be flirting with a move to the United States. And speculation about Florian Niederlechner does not stop either. The Upper Bavarian will switch to Hertha BSC next summer – at the latest. Because there are currently rumors that the 32-year-old could leave the club for the capital this winter.

There is positive news from Felix Uduokhai and captain Jeffrey Gouweleeuw, who attacked fully in training again after injuries. Niklas Dorsch, who missed the first half of the season due to a metatarsal fracture, should be on the verge of a comeback in the near future.

Reinforcement with Talent Engels

The Swabians have already announced reinforcements: Belgian U19 international Arne Engels is FCA’s first winter transfer. The midfielder is considered “highly talented” and “a very ambitious guy”, as manager Stefan Reuter said.

The Augsburgers need ambition. Because it could be problematic if the Swabians rely on their “absoluteness”. They have now been in the Bundesliga for twelve years. Since then, hardly a season has passed in which FCA had little to do with relegation. This season will also not be one of them.

Augsburg will also have to deal with the relegation battle in the second half of the season. But there are still 19 games left to score. Should Dorsch be able to attack again quickly, his return as a six should give the game more security. André Hahn, who was injured for a long time, should also be ready for action again in the spring. Just in time for the final sprint for relegation.

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