Coach Markus Anfang analyzed the 0-3 defeat of his 1st FC Cologne at Dynamo Dresden in all honesty. “Everything was missing,” said the 44-year-old football teacher.
The consequences after the seventh defeat of the season of the Rhinelanders are by no means serious – only the celebration of the sixth promotion to the Bundesliga after 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2014 has to be postponed by at least one week.
When watching TV on the couch or together in Geißbockheim it could be on Sunday so far. If the FC win against Darmstadt 98 on Friday and the others play for Cologne, the immediate return of the starting team to the top flight would be perfect. Ergo sees the FC coach no reason to doubt the achievement of the goal: “Black painting is not my thing. This is no reason to panic, “he said after the bankruptcy on the TV channel Sky.
The Cologne previous year Mitabsteiger Hamburger SV is still a good distance after the disappointing 1: 1 on Saturday against Erzgebirge Aue from the rise. Three times in a row, the team of coach Hannes Wolf remained without a win. “It does not help to complain about it. The view must go forward, “said Wolf before the semi-final in the DFB Cup against RB Leipzig on Tuesday.
Wolf's gaze must go far beyond that. Behind Cologne (59 points) are four clubs with small gaps: Hamburg (53), promoted SC Paderborn (51), Union Berlin (50) and the 1st FC Heidenheim (49). The quartet is on matchday 31 under: Berlin receives on Sunday HSV, Paderborn occurs at the same time against Heidenheim.
The team of the hour is undefeated for five games SC Paderborn, who on the penultimate round on May 12 has a home right against Hamburg. “Paderborn wins in the style of a riser,” headlined the “Neue Westfälische” after the 2: 1 at Holstein Kiel. “That's a long way to go. We should only enjoy this here, “said coach Steffen Baumgart.
Similarly, it will probably see Heidenheim's Frank Schmidt. “That's what you want as a coach, and that just shows that it's going well, the atmosphere is outstanding and the team spirit is very big,” said the 45-year-old after the 3-0 win over FC St. Pauli. Now the football officials in the Baden-Württemberg city on the Brenz even to a relegation duel against the current Erstliga-16. VfB Stuttgart think – or even more.
In the relegation battle FC Ingolstadt draws under the new coach Tomas Oral with the second away win in series in 3: 1 in Bielefeld hope again. After the 0: 1 of promoted 1. FC Magdeburg in Regensburg Ingolstadt has only one point behind 16th place. Table remains despite the 2: 2 against SV Sandhausen MSV Duisburg.