Why is FC Augsburg on the right path despite the next defeat? Which BVB star is currently really turning it up? What is Frankfurt’s problem and why is a quarantine break apparently not that bad? The answers to these questions will be provided by the Talking Points on the 32nd game day.
It was as always: Markus Weinzierl loses his first game as coach of a new team. That was the case back then in Augsburg, then at FC Schalke, then in Stuttgart and now again with FCA. Premieres are obviously not for Weinzierl, who would not only have liked at least one point at the guest performance in Stuttgart, but would also have been particularly important. Because Augsburg is now only two points ahead of Bielefeld, Hertha and Werder – against which it will be a do-or-die game next weekend.
So on paper nothing has changed in the downward trend for Augsburgers. But on the pitch very much. Weinzierl gave his team a very active and quite courageous plan, the FCA attacked early and with many players and immediately switched to depth after winning the ball.
This resulted in as many scoring opportunities as in two or three games under ex-coach Heiko Herrlich combined. The appearance in Stuttgart should give plenty of courage for the game against Werder – because the FCA under Weinzierl apparently wants to play what Herrlich always propagated and then never implemented. And what fits the roster much better than the reactive, almost exclusively destructive approach.
FC Augsburg: We’re heading in the right direction
Mo Dahoud can be identified as a constant then as now. He has long since not only developed into an integral part of the regular eleven, but is now something like the boss in the defensive midfield. A few years late, Dahoud is increasingly delivering on his promise to succeed Ilkay Gündogan.
The 25-year-old determines the rhythm of the Dortmund game and, together with one of the hard-working assistants Jude Bellingham or Thomas Delaney, forms a well-coordinated pair in front of the defense. Dahoud is now stable in his performance at a high level and thus automatically improves his chances of being appointed to Löw’s 26-man squad. Especially since there are now also concerns about Bayern’s Leon Goretzka, who could miss the tournament due to a muscle injury.
For three quarters of the season, the Frankfurt bumpers rolled through the league, were seven points better than the opponent in the battle for the premier class after the supposedly decisive victory in Dortmund and had only lost three games to date. Then coach Adi Hütter announced his departure at the end of the season and since then Eintracht has had to laboriously scrape together every single point. The point average has almost halved since then.
The lightness is gone, as is the creativity on the pitch and on the coaching bench. The game against Mainz was characterized by senseless attempts by Frankfurt to somehow get into the penalty area via the wings. More than a few flanks did not jump out and the Mainz defensive giants in the air easily cleared the danger zone again.
Frankfurt lacked the connection in the center, between the six and the double storm Daichi Kamada was hopelessly overwhelmed with staging the attackers. Filip Kostic was sidelined by Danny da Costa and the Frankfurt offensive concept was over.