Teamcheck Greuther Fürth: Wie lange hält die Erfolgswelle?
Having been relegated to the Bundesliga, Greuther Fürth was temporarily at the bottom of the table in the 2nd Bundesliga. But since the change in training, the cloverleaf has played like a different person. Before the start of the second half of the season, the only question that remains is how long the success will last.
Sports directors always hope that a change of coach will give the team new impetus and reverse the negative trend. In most cases, this effect dissipates relatively quickly. However, this measure definitely paid off for the people of Fürth. Alexander Zorniger has been the boss on the sidelines for four games.
Under his direction there was no defeat and only one draw. And against opponents like Hamburger SV and Darmstadt 98. “Twelve would have been a dream, but ten is very, very good,” Zorniger summed up before Christmas in Blickpunkt Sport, referring to the number of points. Before the start of the second half of the season against Holstein Kiel, Ronhof is relaxed.
Derby defeat to start
It’s been a difficult season for the Bundesliga relegated team so far. On the second day of the game it was a painful derby defeat at 1. FC Nürnberg. The first round in the DFB Cup at Oberliga Stuttgarter Kickers followed. In the following six games, the game association remained without a win. The 2-1 surprise victory against promotion candidate Paderborn only provided a short relaxation.
Zorniger takes over after Schneider’s dismissal
After three more draws, coach Marc Schneider was dismissed after a 2-2 draw against Hans Rostock on matchday 12. The new coach Alexander Zorniger only took over after a 1:3 in Heidenheim, which caused the team to slip to the bottom of the table. Four games later, the Franconians fought their way out of the bottom of the table and even left their rivals from Nuremberg in the table.
But even if tenth place sounds very relaxed, Zorniger knows how to classify the success: “We feel like we’re knocking on the promotion places and realistically we’re three points away from a direct relegation zone,” said the trainer in Blickpunkt Sport.
Good mood at the Kleeblatt
The mood was good in Fürth at the start of training. One or the other probably still has a “Dulla” (Note d. Editor: intoxication) of New Year’s Eve and Christmas, the Swabian Zorniger quipped. And the good mood was also present in the training camp in Belek. Although the game association lost the last test against league competitor Rostock with 1: 4, Zorniger nevertheless drew a satisfied conclusion: “Overall, it was a very good training camp. We were able to implement the content that we had planned extensively and in terms of content. That’s why we are we are very satisfied in the coaching team.”
Everyone is fit: No newcomers for Fürth
The green-whites have so far been spared the personnel worries that are currently plaguing the rivals from the neighboring city. All players are fit. That’s why those responsible saw no reason to become active on the transfer market. The tenth in the table goes into the back series without a new winter signing for the time being. The transfer window is open until the end of January.
We have a lot of competition,” said sports director Rachid Azzouzi at the New Year’s reception. Zorniger added: “I think we can be successful with the squad. But you have to be very, very careful in this league. We have to keep working hard on and off the pitch with the typical cloverleaf gene of always supporting each other Then I’m very confident.”
Derby in sight
The second half of the season begins for the Fürth with the away game at Holstein Kiel. Of course, the team wants to build on the pre-World Cup form. That is also necessary, because on the 18th matchday there is another derby with 1. FC Nürnberg. In front of a sold-out house in the Fürther Ronhof, the cloverleaf wants to make you forget the first-leg defeat.
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Source: BR24 Sport 01/18/2023 – 8:40 p.m
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