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On Sunday at 3:30 pm, 1. FC Cologne will face Arminia Bielefeld. The role of the newcomers Max Meyer and Emmanuel Dennis was left open to coach Markus Gisdol. In any case, the training impressions were satisfactory.
"I am now assuming that both newcomers are an option for our squad," said coach Markus Gisdol initially cautiously. "You are in good physical condition." But: "The acclimatization period is still in full swing. There is a first impression, but we will certainly not hang it too high."
At least Meyer lacks match practice. The 25-year-old played his last league game for Crystal Palace at the end of October 2020, after which the London professional team no longer bet on him and instead let him play in the U23. So what's his level of performance? The short term of the contract also shows that neither side knows this exactly. "When Max Meyer was signed, both sides had a clear wish to initially only make a six-month contract. So both sides can see how things are going together," said manager Horst Heldt.
Gisdol's points of criticism: standards and counter-security
1. FC Köln lost a week after the break in the table cellar at FC Schalke 04 (2: 1) with 0: 3 at TSG Hoffenheim - and then, above all, was annoyed with themselves himself. © imago images Thoughtful: Cologne coach Markus Gisdol at 0: 3 in Sinsheim. "We got the goals far too easily. Then you can play as you like. A big point of criticism is our defending against standards and counter-protection," said Markus Gisdol at "Sky" after the game.
That Meyer ended up with FC, Heldt played a decisive role. It was "certainly not a disadvantage" that he had known the midfielder for a long time. "Our contact never broke off. Before the pandemic, I also met him in London. We had a successful time at Schalke together."
Gisdol: "Everyone has to deal with the competition"
For Gisdol, thanks to the two accesses, the options increase. "Every player has to deal with the new competition. Everyone has even more incentive to show themselves," said the FC coach. This also applies to Jan Thielmann, the Cologne match winner at Schalke. However, the 18-year-old is currently preparing for his Abitur and has "a lot to do", says Gisdol. "You can tell that sometimes in training. We have to see in the next few weeks that we support him in view of the challenges he faces at school."
Dennis: The FC relies on potential
If everything goes well, Emmanuel Dennis from FC Brugge will wear the 1. FC Köln jersey for the first time next Sunday and, in the best case scenario, provide more offensive power in the trend-setting game against Bielefeld's Arminia. © imago images Cologne's new signing Emmanuel Dennis would like to cheer in the competitive game for FC. It remains to be seen whether the 23-year-old Nigerian can provide emergency aid.
Three question marks in the defense area.
Personnel, however, are currently in trouble at the back. Jonas Hector, Rafael Czichos and Sava-Arangel Cestic are all battered, their engagement against Bielefeld uncertain. Kingsley Ehizibue, for whom, according to Heldt, there is "no offer", can be present. Heldt did not want to rule out the possibility of FC still giving up players, the transfer window was still open. "But at the moment we are not in talks with any club about leaving."
By the way, Heldt didn't want to overestimate the game against Bielefeld. "It's about the 125th final," he said ironically: "Although I still haven't understood what that is supposed to mean. Nothing comes after a final. We'll continue after that. We won't have any guarantee of us to lay the mattress and rest. "
Konstanz - only a city on Lake Constance for the people of Cologne .
1. FC Cologne remains true to itself and for the billy goats, Konstanz remains the only city on Lake Constance and not an expression of football stability. © picture-alliance Departure with hanging heads: 1. FC Cologne could not have another sense of achievement after the 3.1 against Bielefeld.