Record national soccer player Lothar Matthäus predicts tough times for the well-known Bundesliga relegated Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen in the new season in a “second division as it has never existed before”. The two traditional clubs will “have to play the role of favorites in every game. Everyone wants to beat them, but nobody has anything to lose,” wrote Matthäus in his “This is how I see it” column skysport.de.
“There are far fewer amenities than in the first division. Starting with the changing rooms to the quality of the grass,” explained the 60-year-old: “In addition, the media pressure did not decrease, especially in the first season Sandhausen, Aue and Darmstadt are even less forgiven than against Stuttgart, Augsburg and Freiburg. It will be a tough year for the relegated team. “
Other well-known clubs such as Hamburger SV, 1. FC Nürnberg, Fortuna Düsseldorf, Hannover 96 or the newly promoted Dynamo Dresden and Hansa Rostock are also represented in the second division in 2021/22.
Nevertheless, Matthäus trusts the relegated Schalke and Werder, who are also economically stricken, with a direct return to promotion, “if they learn from their mistakes and become a unit in the executive suite and in shorts. Especially when their fans are allowed to return to the great stadiums.”