Cologne (dpa) - Before his next "final" at 1. FC Cologne, Markus Gisdol is confident.

The training week was good, the personnel situation is almost better and the Cologne head coach has not let himself be influenced by the discussions about himself before the game against FSV Mainz 05 on Sunday (6 p.m. / Sky).

"It is important that you show the necessary looseness in dealing with the team and that the team also manages this looseness," said Gisdol on Friday.

Horst Heldt was also calm: "I'm not more tense than usual," said the manager.

In the event of failure, the 51st game as FC coach would have been the last for Gisdol.

"You try to break free of these things and concentrate on working with the team," said the 51-year-old.

Even if it didn't work out that way with the foreclosure announced by Heldt during the week.

«I had to smile at that.

Isolation in Cologne means that you train behind the fence and the journalists climb onto a podium and film.

Anyone can watch and film, ”said Gisdol.

The personnel situation before the game of the 16th against the 15th could hardly be better.

Sebastian Andersson and Florian Kainz, who were both substituted on after injury breaks in Wolfsburg, are likely to be back as well as Sebastiaan Bornauw.

"All three could get more working times," said Gisdol.

Only Jan Thielmann has to take a break at the weekend.


The Cologne team, without a win for seven games, could only win one home game this season - 3-1 against Arminia Bielefeld.

However, Mainz, who have not been defeated for four games, are a welcome guest in the Cologne stadium: The Rheinhessen have never won the Bundesliga in Cologne.

In a total of 14 competitive games, Mainz only managed a three-point in the 2nd division on March 24, 2003.

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