Rafael Czichos has recently been criticized by the fans of 1. FC Köln. Steffen Baumgart never let him fall. With a strong derby performance, the defender has now paid back the trust.
He had to put up with a lot of criticism in the weeks leading up to the sensational Derby win. Rafael Czichos (31) was chosen as the scapegoat after he failed in the games against Hoffenheim (0: 5) and Union Berlin (2: 2).
Not an easy time for the defender of 1. FC Köln, as he admits in retrospect. “At my age and after three and a half years in Cologne, I don’t mind that much anymore. But if I say I went home and was happy, that would be a lie. Of course that takes me away, ”said the defender on Wednesday (December 1, 2021).
But one thing Czichos could always be sure of in the difficult phase: the trust of Steffen Baumgart (49). The FC coach could not please the designated defensive boss even in the weak phase, instead demonstratively strengthened his back to the outside world.
“Rafa didn’t make as many mistakes that I also rate as mistakes. He’s mandated by me to take a risk. He is seen more critically here than others, but I see him up front, ”said Baumgart last in an exclusive interview with EXPRESS.de
Rafael Czichos enjoys the trust of Steffen Baumgart
“I have a very good relationship with the coach. We treat each other openly and honestly. After the Union game, he talked me very well. He said, ‘Rafa, you had 115 ball contacts. One of them can go wrong. ‘ I have 100 percent backing from him, “says Czichos and adds:” I think I paid back that in the last two games. “
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The 31-year-old delivered an impressive game, especially in the derby. No more trace of the ballast of the last few weeks. Czichos routinely played down his boot and barely let offensive Gladbachers develop.
With this performance, the native of Bremen is once again a hot, whole starting candidate for the away game against Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday (3:30 p.m., Sky and in the live ticker on EXPRESS.de). “I’m trying to play my game. I’ve done well in the last two games. I am going to Bielefeld with confidence. I hope the coach will set me up again, ”said Czichos.
Rafael Czichos talks about his future at 1. FC Köln
The defender is also playing for a new contract with 1. FC Köln. The previous contract expires in summer, and they will sit down again during the winter break to discuss Czichos’ future in Cologne.
Will he stay or will he be fulfilling his long-cherished USA dream for the new season? “For me it is a question that stands in the room. So far there is no unidirectional trend. Maybe someone will find my number, ”jokes Czichos.