Entertainment “Important step”: Augsburg brushes off relegation worries
“Small talk” with starting XI candidate Khedira
Starting perspective for Sami Khedira, declaration of love to Matheus Cunha. Before the seemingly hopeless duel with feared opponents RB Leipzig, Hertha coach Pal Dardai has his best footballers in view. Ex-world champion Khedira could be on Sunday (3.30 p.m. / Sky) for the first time since his move from Juventus Turin in the starting line-up of the acute relegation-threatened Bundesliga club.
Augsburg striker Florian Niederlechner was looking forward to a nice beer on the return trip in the team bus after the important and happy 1-0 (1-0) win at FSV Mainz 05.
"Alcohol-free?" Asked a TV reporter. “Absolutely not,” replied the 30-year-old resolutely after the Bundesliga game on Sunday. FC trainer Heiko Herrlich will certainly have nothing against a few percent in the beer after winning the three points.
After all, Bayern were able to shed relegation concerns with their second win in the past nine games and increased the gap to the penultimate in the table from Mainz to nine points. «It was an important step. It gives us confidence and self-confidence, ”said Herrlich with a view to Saturday's home game against Hertha BSC.
Bosz: "It's logical that there is pressure, but"
After only eight points from nine league games, Bayer 04 are under pressure on Sunday in Augsburg. It looks similar after the 3-4 defeat in the first leg in Bern in the Europa League. But despite the sporting crisis, coach Peter Bosz seems relaxed. © imago images Leverkusen's trainer Peter Bosz says: "It was loud this time." Bayer 04 had to do without Lukas Hradecky for the last three halves of the game.
Thanks to Niederlechner for the breakthrough. The attacker reacted very quickly when the Mainz goalkeeper Robin Zentner made a fatal mistake and passed the ball to him from a few meters. With his presence of mind, he immediately passed on to André Hahn (25th minute), who only had to push the ball into the empty housing. “It wasn't about playing nicely today. We just wanted to take the three points with us, ”said Hahn.
For Mainz, on the other hand, their furious catch-up chase got a damper with the defeat after three undefeated games. With a victory they would have left their relegation zone. "We weren't able to use the steep assist, but we knew that there could be setbacks," said FSV sports director and ex-Augsburg coach Martin Schmidt. "But it is only a real setback if you bury yourself and only look for mistakes."
Reuters accolade: Framberger as role model
Raphael Framberger celebrated a good comeback against Leverkusen. For Stefan Reuter even more than that. The defender receives the accolade as a role model from the manager. © imago images Augsburg's Raphael Framberger, right against Leverkusen's Moussa Diaby, never gives up. Even the coach had publicly longed for Framberger's return.
Already in the game you stayed positive and fought until the final whistle. «We had to play the game, but the mistake made the task difficult. Otherwise it would have been 0-0, "he said. "Making the game yourself is part of the next development step."
At FC Schalke 04 there will now be a “relegation cracker” (Schmidt) against the bottom of the table on Friday. "We'll cut the line at the end of the season and not after 23 games," said the Swiss fiercely. What the Rheinhessen can expect from the crashed Royal Blues after the release of coach Christian Gross and sports director Jochen Schneider, 05 coach Bo Svensson cannot and does not want to imagine: «I don't know. We concentrate on ourselves. "
After the momentous dropout, the Mainz goalkeeper Zentner, who received a lot of consolation, can quickly prove himself. "No reproach to Robin, if a goalkeeper makes an individual mistake, it is usually a goal," said midfielder Kevin Stöger. “We wanted to knock over the buck for him after the break too. We didn't make it. We can be angry. "
Victory against Augsburg a "wake-up call" for Hertha .
"The cigar was tasty!" Coach Pal Dardai was very pleased with the longed-for first victory with Hertha BSC in the relegation battle of the Bundesliga, which was clearly evident on Sunday as well. The Berlin club icon did not want to refuse a moment of pleasure after the 2-1 win against favorite opponents FC Augsburg. But Dardai does not see the time for idleness for a long time. Cigar, yes - a glass of wine, no.