Football Bundesliga: This relegation battle is a tragedy
Schalke, Stuttgart, Nuremberg, Hannover - for weeks these four clubs remain at the bottom of the Bundesliga. Coach changes remain ineffective. A relegation battle that does not deserve his name.
As a comparison to draw the neighbor SC Freiburg, would be unfair. In Badische, there is finally a special climate, not only in view of the hours of sunshine. Above all, the media are less excited and the claim thinking remains oriented to the reality.
Nevertheless, those responsible at VfB Stuttgart should just let those statistics take their breath away: SC Freiburg has had four coaches since 1991, VfB Stuttgart has had its 19th squall since 2004, now 20, since U19 coach Nico Willig has been the boss since this weekend for the remaining four game days. The unsuccessful time of Markus Weinzierl has come to an end with the 0: 6 in Augsburg.
That it was Weinzierl's former club, which ultimately sealed the coaching fate of the 44-year-old, also enriched the Bundesliga statistics in another way: For the fourth time in the past six years, it was the FC Augsburg, which ended a Stuttgart coach job abruptly. Bruno Labbadia (2013), Armin Veh (2014) and Alexander Zorniger (2015) also sat against the FCA for the last time on VfB Bank. The Augsburg coach in all three cases was Markus Weinzierl.
The coaches votes in the video:
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The coach, who replaced Tayfun Korkut in October, has won four wins in 23 games. In the second half of the season, there were just seven poor points, which could bring his team in 13 games. This is usually a record of a safe drop-off. However, one of the peculiarities of this season is that VfB will probably even be relegated to relegation.
In the basement is still November
This relegation battle does not deserve his name in the 2018/2019 season. Four teams are down, Schalke 04, VfB, 1. FC Nuremberg and Hannover 96. It is exactly the four teams that occupy the places 15 to 18 in the back round table. So you're right there down there. Spring is already here, and the table cellar is still in November.
Every week a new low point, only the FCN jerks, collects here a little point, there is still a counter. But their footballing quality is too low for a real breakthrough. The rest program with the FC Bayern, Wolfsburg and Gladbach are also no reason for hope. The Nurembergers noticed two or three weeks late that the other teams are not much better either. It is a small miracle that this troop can even dream of relegation at all. That also says a lot about the league.
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Hannover's coach Thomas Doll's ideas on how to save 96
Behind the Nürnbergern is only Hannover 96, a pitiful club in every respect. Sporty anyway, but also the press conferences after the next defeat of coach Thomas Doll have only cabaret value, the club's leadership is without any orientation. At the top is a president, who always believed he had everything under control, the last absolutist ruler of the League, now without his own empire.
For Saturday Martin Kind was invited to ZDF's Current Sports Studio. However, according to the editors, he did not want to talk about topics such as the internal conflict over his office and was therefore unloaded the day before. Hannover is the bottom of the table, which fulfills all that should make up a table last. The tail light as a wisp of light.
The absolute minimum solution
And then there is the FC Schalke 04, also a torso for months and only mentioned at the edge, the vice-champion of the preseason. Huub Stevens, hired as the Ultima Ratio of the coaching business, should reassure the team, club and environment to some extent. The loyal Huub is no longer able to do more than manage the shortage. With the Schalke he has now won one of five games, a 1-0 at Hannover 96. And this one victory will probably be enough to hold the class. Because the others play just as bad or worse.
Next week, the derby starts at Borussia Dortmund. Not to let this game get too bad is the only remaining seasonal goal. That's all very sad.
In recent years, the top of the table was the most unimpressive region in the Bundesliga. Master Bayern, sometime in March or April. But at least to the league was usually struggled to last. This time, the title fight is exciting again, but the basement children in agony dawn on the end of the season. You obviously can not have everything in the German Bundesliga.