Hertha BSC, Mainz 05 and FC Augsburg saved themselves last weekend, FC Schalke has been the first relegated team for a long time. That leaves three teams that will stage the final in the relegation battle on the last day of the Bundesliga: Arminia Bielefeld, Werder Bremen and 1. FC Köln.
SPOX and goal shed light on the situation at the three clubs before a decision on weal and woe will be made on Saturday.
A big goal instead of an absolutely necessary obligation: This is the motto under which Arminia Bielefeld’s situation before the last matchday can be summed up. “The team has already won something because they are where they are,” said sports director Samir Arabi before the 1-1 draw against Hoffenheim on matchday 33.
With the point against TSG, Arminia even left the relegation place and jumped to 15th place, so now they have direct relegation in their own hands. On the one hand this is of course pressure, but on the other hand it is also an unexpected opportunity for the newcomer – positive pressure, so to speak.
Before the season, Bielefeld was considered the number one relegation candidate for the vast majority. Of the three teams still in the relegation battle, the Ostwestfalen certainly have by far the least obligation to remain first-class. Last weekend’s action by fans, who accompanied the team bus to the stadium with thunderous support, proved that staying in the Bundesliga would be accompanied by great euphoria.
Bundesliga relegation battle: The perspective of Arminia Bielefeld
The latest impressions do not speak against Bielefeld in terms of sport either. Only one of the last seven games was lost, the 0: 5 in Gladbach is definitely a slip-up. And the performance in the last game against Hoffenheim was extremely appealing, even a win would have been possible.
Captain and striker Fabian Klos praised in an interview on the YouTube– The club’s channel that it is “extraordinary that we can keep relegation on our own on the last day of the game.” Nevertheless, he warned: “The important thing is: we mustn’t piss our pants. That has never helped. It won’t help this time either.”
What Arminia must avoid as much as possible is the possibly tempting idea that a draw or even a defeat could be enough if Bremen and Cologne do not win. Some experts see a danger in this, and an away game in Stuttgart is certainly not an easy last task. Especially since VfB still has the chance to jump to seventh place and thus reach the Conference League.
Bielefeld therefore has the advantage of feeling the slightest obligation to stay in the league and being in pole position in terms of points. But there is also a danger in the latter – and in the difficult task in Stuttgart.