Canada 1. FC Union before the game against Hoffenheim: The Berlin offensive lacks the rhythm

13:00  28 february  2021
13:00  28 february  2021 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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The offensive of 1. FC Union Berlin is suffering from the many failures. The last striker goal was a month and a half ago, but now Kruse is back.

Artistisch, aber erfolglos. Unions Stürmer Joel Pohjanpalo (Mitte) ist erst vor wenigen Wochen aus einer langen Verletzungspause zurückgekehrt. © Photo: imago images / Sportfoto Rudel Artistic, but unsuccessful. Union striker Joel Pohjanpalo (center) just returned from a long injury break just a few weeks ago.

strikers are measured by goals. At least that's an old football saying. Of course there are many facets of the game for attackers too: They are important for the pressing, balls claim, they provide templates. At 1. FC Union they had a master of this subject in Sebastian Andersson last season. At the end of the day, the general public looks mainly at the goals. It's also impressive when a Robert Lewandowski alone scores more goals than seven entire teams in the Bundesliga.

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Urs Fischer had to talk a lot about his offensive department at the beginning of the season. Andersson had just left, Max Kruse injured, Taiwo Awoniyi and Joel Pohjanpalo not there yet. The puzzle was only slowly put together and from the middle of the first half of the season Union's attack ran at full speed. In the meantime, the Berliners had even scored the second most hits in the league. But

athletes live from their rhythm, from self-confidence - and this is especially true for goal scorers. It's not for nothing that people like to talk about a run with them. Which brings us to Union's current problem: Before the home game against TSG Hoffenheim on Sunday (1.30 p.m., Dazn), none of the strikers even have the chance to have a real run.

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The Berlin offensive department in particular is suffering this season again and again under bad luck with injuries . Anthony Ujah has not played at all due to persistent knee problems. Sheraldo Becker has been absent for more than a month with muscular problems, Pohjanpalo and Kruse each missed more than ten games.

The big constant at the top was called Awoniyi. The Nigerian did his job mostly well, missed one or the other clear chance , but worked extremely hard for the team. But before won 1-0 against Freiburg last Saturday, Awoniyi also had to pass at short notice with a muscle injury in his thigh. A quick return is not to be expected.

Thanks to winter additions Leon Dajaku and Petar Musa , Fischer still has enough choice on the offensive, but the last striker goal by Cedric Teuchert against Bayer Leverkusen was a month and a half ago. None of the available attackers are in particularly good shape. The Swiss coach is obviously not worried about this. “We have enough options,” says Fischer.

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Against Hoffenheim, Pohjanpalo should be set again as a center forward. The Finn has already played in the last two games from the start after his long injury break , but still rarely came into the penalty area situations that he uses like no other striker in the squad. As an alternative, Musa is available, who also feels comfortable near the goal. One cannot expect it to be fully integrated within a few weeks, says Fischer. "But he is taking steps and is definitely an option for Sunday."

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Who occupies the other positions on the offensive also depends on the tactical formation. In Freiburg, Fischer has been relying on Marius Bülter again for a long time. The winger did a decent job and it is possible that Fischer will stick with it. Otherwise he is spoiled for choice between Teuchert, Dajaku and Kruse for the role of hanging lace.

Union's top scorer was already back in the squad in Freiburg, but the course of the game did not necessarily speak for a substitution. “He made a good impression this week and trained with commitment,” says Fischer. The coach does not want to rule out a starting XI - “anything is imaginable” - but he is not particularly likely. After this long injury , Fischer will presumably build up his best footballer carefully and come on in the second half. Because even without rhythm, Kruse is always good for a special moment.

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