All of a sudden, everyone at FC Bayern loved each other again. If that helps in playing? (Photo: imago / ULMER Pressebildagentur)
Friday, December 7, 2018
By Anja Rau
When Bayern suddenly everything is good again – even the coach. Meanwhile, Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund are modest before the derby on Schalke. And at Gladbach coach Hecking considers one of his footballers neglected.
What makes the league leaders of the Bundesliga? Runs at BVB: leaders. Seven points ahead of the second, Borussia Mönchengladbach. 37 goals scored. Good mood in the team. A coach who even surprises sports director Michael Zorc: "We have a new coach who has a clear philosophy, Lucien Favre sometimes improves on details that are new to me, even though I've been in football for decades." And now also the beer. This flowed at the beginning of the week at the Christmas party of the BVB fan club in hectoliters. Thanks to Captain Marco Reus, Axel Witsel and Superjoker Paco Alcácer, who tapped behind the counter. The fans are happy – so is everything good? Well, for that the players should also on Saturday (15.30 clock in Liveticker at n-tv.de) do not tap anything. Then the emotional highlight of the season arrives: the Revierderby on Schalke. And there the Dortmund have a lot to do well. The derbies of the past season finally did not run to the gusto of the black and yellow – the crazy 4: 4 in the first leg was followed by a bitter 0: 2 defeat.Well, a renewed Reviertrauma sounds unlikely in the starting position. FC Schalke are 19 points behind the leaders in the table. While BVB scores goals like on the assembly line, Schalke comes up with just 14 goals. In addition, the Favre-Elf is undefeated this season. Since the BVB could take the game on the light shoulder. No, no, midfielder Thomas Delaney weighs: "Schalke could play in the second league – then it would still be a difficult game." Also, the opponent brings before kick-off in position: "In derby there is no outsider and no favorite," says Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco. "We are in a good mood." Maybe he had repressed at that moment that his offensive was badly shaken. Breel Embolo, Mark Uth and Franco di Santo are definitely out, Guido Burgstaller and Steven Skrzybski are being treated by doctors and physiotherapists around the clock to get them ready on time. Sports director Christian Heidel says full-bodied yet: "We have one thing in front – to teach them the first defeat." Sebastian Kehl, head of the licensing team at Dortmund, can relax that: "We will continue to be leaders after that." Tip: 2: 3How's FC Bayern? Really good. That may come as a surprise, but striker Robert Lewandowski emphasizes in the "Bild" interview that everything will be fine now. So at least sporty – of the quarrels in the board room we leave this time discreetly fingers. Lewandowski's charm offensive is also much more cuddly. People had talked and "all sides have explained what you can do better." Lewandowski emphasizes: "Now we all go together in one direction". Also involved in the uptrend is coach Niko Kovac, who attests to the 30-year-old that he shows no weakness just because he is insightful and minor details with the team changed. "Only then can he become a better coach." This leaves much unsaid – how good is Kovac for now? He works on himself and on the team – and eliminates the rotation: "I said, okay, the rotation will take place, but only if one is injured or if someone is really on the ground." The critic Lewandowski benefits from this, because: "The squad is known – and the first eleven at the moment," said Kovac. That means: the striker is there. By the way, fire and flame is also at the top of the table for the new situation. It would be wonderful to let BVB get away with nine points – that's what they've talked about successfully at FC Bayern in a peaceful Christmas spirit. Lewandowski explains, "Sometimes it's not bad if you attack from the second row! We like to be the hunter now." He continues: "It's easier for a hunter to attack from behind than if you're the first to look at the attacks from behind, especially if you do not have the experience." BVB therefore lacks as a table first experience? Since Lewandowski has probably forgotten that he presented with the Dortmund in the seasons 2011/11 and 2011/12, the championship cup on the Borsigplatz. Gladly we would have asked the Poles at this point also, why the FC Bayern last always celebrated the championship well before the end of the season, if the hunter role is so promising. Speaking of attack: The nine points behind could melt this weekend: While the BVB has the Revierderby in front of the chest, the Bayern gets visit from the Nurembergers (Saturday, 15.30 clock in Liveticker at n-tv.de). Who hunts whom? Coach Michael Köllner says to the question of what separates his club from the Munich: "Some say a league, the other worlds and other galaxies." The roles are clearly distributed. Tip: 5: 0How is the table second on it? Gladbach's dream pair: Alassane Plea and Thorgan Hazard (Photo: imago / Revierfoto) Borussia are following Borussia – and have been for four matches now. Nevertheless, all talk only of Bayern as the worst competitor – almost all, except for Witsel. The Belgian in BVB services warns in the "Sport Bild": "Do not forget Gladbach! They are seven points behind us and play really good football!" He is right. Alassane Plea, for example, the most expensive purchase in club history. Just like Thorgan Hazard, the Frenchman has eight goals in his pocket. The Belgian Hazard can already record five assists, Plea comes on three. But while Plea is praised in this season almost in continuous loop, Hazard goes down a bit. That may not leave his coach uncommented: "Thorgan," says Dieter Hecking about his striker, "has taken another leap this season, it's just great what he shows." That the two guarantors of success last weekend could add nothing to their Torkonten, was also the opponent, RB Leipzig (0: 2). Now it is against the relegation threatened VfB Stuttgart (Sunday, 18 clock in Liveticker at n-tv.de). The Swabians have only won three times this season – and have not scored in the first ten minutes of the season. That should benefit the Gladbachers who like to whistle the kick-off. In addition, the foal lures a record: With the tenth home win in a row, the record of former coach André Schubert would be set by more than two years ago. Markus Weinzierl has to speak against it on his own. Although the coach of VfB Stuttgart recognizes that Gladbach is the favorite. "But we want to surprise in the outsider role." It was important for his team "to show that we have more quality than the table says". But of all things Gladbach he has to do without his Abräumer Santiago Ascacibar, which is missing yellowed. Not the best way to stop Hazard and Plea. Tip: 3: 0What else is going on? SV Werder Bremen – Fortuna Dusseldorf (Friday, 20.30 clock): pressure? Yes, feels the Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt. After the last five games without a win Werder slipped to ninth place and thus away from the European places that the club itself has proclaimed as a goal. Supervisory Board boss Marco Bode calls for two more victories by Christmas. His team should win the game in the evening against the bottom club Fortuna Dusseldorf best equal, because the following opponents are called Dortmund, Hoffenheim and Leipzig. "Everything is still decided on the pitch, where we want to stand by any means against the fact that the result is not already known," says a realistic Fortuna coach Friedhelm Funkel. Tip: 2: 0 Fraternal fate: Mario and Felix Götze (Photo: imago / Horstmüller) Bayer Leverkusen – FC Augsburg: What the Bender twins say to that? Augsburg's Felix Götze explains to Sport1 that his last name has rather disadvantages, "because it's not that easy, of course, if you're always compared." However, over time he got used to the fact that his big brother Mario – the 2014 World Cup final scorer – is always in the starting position for a conversation with or about him. Well, Lars and Sven Bender are often compared. Then it's mostly about her many injuries. Sven Bender, for example, is out of action for the match against Augsburg, suffering from ankle problems: "We do not want to completely ruin him", coach Heiko Herrlich explains to the "kicker". This statement will please Lars. Tip: 2: 1SC Freiburg – RB Leipzig: The fans, a bit of luck and the flair – everything has to help, according to Christian Streich, that his team at home against the third in the table RB Leipzig is successful. "Of course there were phases in which it would have been more pleasant to play against Leipzig," confesses the Freiburg coach. It will be a challenge to get to grips with the Saxons, let alone conquer them. Only ten goals conceded the team of Ralf Rangnick, in the last nine league games goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi had only two hits. Not for nothing is the Hungarian currently the best goalkeeper in the league. The Freiburg have been waiting for four games for a win. Tip: 0: 3VfL Wolfsburg – TSG Hoffenheim (all Saturday, 15.30 clock): "For victories, there is no alternative in football," says Wolfsburg coach Bruno Labbadia. Um, but: draws and defeats. Or did he forget that because his team won against Leipzig and Frankfurt last time? Now comes with the TSG Hoffenheim the next heavyweight to Wolfsburg. The team of Julian Nagelsmann last recorded two draws (Schalke, Hertha) and the VfL could equalize in a victory on points – not bad for a club that stuck in the last years up to the neck in the descent sump. Tip: 1: 1 More about Hertha BSC – Eintracht Frankfurt (Saturday, 18.30 clock): While Eintracht Frankfurt had last weekend after losing eleven unbeaten games once again suffered a defeat (1: 2 against Wolfsburg), tore Hertha's series: The capital club was able to earn three points against Hannover (2: 0) after six winless games. Should Hertha BSC also win against Frankfurt, the Berlin draw on points equal. However, the defensive, which continued to be battered due to injury concerns, has to stop Lukas Jovic (10) and Sebastien Haller (9). Any questions? Tip: 1: 2FSV Mainz 05 – Hannover 96 (Sunday, 15.30 clock): Hannover 96, there are many construction sites: The club board argues bitterly with the fans, the team is on a relegation zone and so coach André Breitenreiter is struck. Four defeats in the last five games – understandably, manager Horst Heldt does not want to issue a "free ticket" to his coach anymore. The shortcoming: A point win against Mainz sounds easier than it currently is. Coach Sandro Schwarz and his team have finished third in four games thanks to three wins. Tip: 2: 0Who plays the best phrase chess? "Many people also play lotto even though they know their chance at a six is minimal." (Nuremberg coach Michael Köllner before the game at Bayern to the chances of his team)