FC Schalke 04 have to make unpopular personnel decisions after relegation, and FC Bayern Munich is facing huge problems after its record year. And Werder Bremen? Then just carry on as before. But there is also positive news on matchday 29. Five theses.
There should actually have been one or the other fan who raved about relegation after Schalke’s victory against FC Augsburg last week. The 0: 4 in Freiburg (click here for the highlights in the video) should also have destroyed these bold fantasies, Schalke can no longer be saved for a long time. On Tuesday, Schalke can seal relegation with a defeat at Arminia Bielefeld (live ticker).
The show starts now for those players who want to join the second division and who – more importantly – want FC Schalke to continue to play in the club. In addition to keeper Ralf Fährmann and the four players from the Knappenschmiede, no other player from the starting eleven is allowed to be part of the reconstruction in the second division.
Not Omar Mascarell, who has been wanting to leave for a long time anyway. Not Benjamin Stambouli, who was a candidate for prank before this season. Not Suat Serdar, who has been completely out of shape for months and sags. Not Amine Harit, who doesn’t see Schalke as Schalke, but as any station in his career. And also not Sead Kolasinac and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. That may sound harsh and push the romantic aspect of the duo’s return campaign completely into the background.
Kolasinac ‘and Huntelaar’s sporting value would be out of the question, especially in the second division, and both would be overqualified for this task. On the other hand, another type of football is played there, with which international greats also have problems. Schalke would only have to ask in Hanover, Stuttgart or HSV. Of course, experienced, seasoned players are also needed in the second division. But if Schalke is interested in a real restart at the low point of a year-long decline, greats from the past are no longer allowed to play a role.
Schalke need neither Kolasinac nor Huntelaar
The last week was a pretty exciting one for VfB Stuttgart. Not because of the corona virus, which was rampant in the committees. But because the Swabians have planning security with 39 points on their account and the almost regular relegation – and Sven Mislintat did not hesitate for long. Mislintat turned the rumors of the past few weeks into facts. First, VfB signed the Turkish talent Ömer Fauk Beyaz, and then a few days later Alou Kuol, a 17 and a 19 year old.
Mislintat remains true to the line it took about two years ago and just stuffs the squad with very young, developable players. Two young players from their own youth should also gain a foothold with the professionals per season, that is the ambitious goal. Stuttgart is already the youngest squad in the league and after a transfer phase without any major changes in the team last summer, the subtleties are now apparently to be fine-tuned. The game at FC Union (click here for the highlights in the video) offered the best object lesson: VfB had to play without seven potential regular players and had massive problems with the robustness and rip-off of the opponent for one half.
All the more astonishing that Gonzalo Castro only stewed on the bench for 90 minutes in Berlin. Castro was hit, but it could have been enough for a few minutes. Instead, coach Pellegrino Matarazzo threw Tanguy Coulibaly, Mateo Klimowicz, Roberto Massimo, Darko Churlinov (all 20) and the only 18-year-old Momo Cisse into the race. Between the two transfers of offensive players Beyaz and Kuol, VfB surprised during the week with the announcement that Castro, after all captain of the team, would not be presented with a new contract. The Union game therefore looked a bit like the proof of the tough youth line. Incidentally, Philipp Klement was also not used. The veteran still has a contract until 2023, but the paths between him and VfB are likely to part in the summer.
Last week it was already suspected here, now Werder Bremen will actually get something like a relegation final in the Weserstadion next Wednesday. The game against Mainz 05 will be the most important of the season. After five defeats in a row and the points cushion melted to four points to relegation rank 16 – with Hertha BSC still having a game against that same Mainz in the backhand – another bankruptcy would be a moderate disaster.