Author: Herbert Bucco
1. FC Köln will win at Arminia Bielefeld even without Jonas Hector, Mark Uth & Co. That would be another exclamation point on the way to relegation.
Alb or Alm dream? On Saturday (3.30 p.m., Sky) 1. FC Köln will not only win the first Bundesliga away win under Steffen Baumgart (49) at Arminia Bielefeld, but also a mega-basement cushion!
Will 1. FC Köln increase the gap to 17th place?
The billy goats’ personnel worries are great, but so are the opportunities: Cologne can with a three in Bielefeld already put twelve points between themselves and 17th place. Arminia, currently penultimate in the table, has nine points. The FC would have with an Alm victory 21 – more than half the battle for relegation.
And despite all the euphoria about the Derby triumph, that continues to have top priority. Head coach Baumgart says: “For us it’s about taking the chance to increase the gap on Bielefeld with a win. That is still a clear goal. “
Even if the coach’s view is generally always upwards. Should he finally with an away win! Baumgart can even do it in the coming weeks Peter Stögers (55) crack the first half of the Europa League season (26 points), says: “I want to have as many points as possible for the half-series. I prefer everyone. But we know that it will be difficult. “
Arminia Bielefeld still without a home threesome
But where was Baumgart’s first league win abroad, if not on the alpine pasture? Arminia has not yet won a single home game …
The FC coach nevertheless predicts a tough 90 minutes: “Bielefeld is strong and robust. They were often there until the end of the game, even with Bayern (0: 1 defeat, editor’s note). You never rest, that makes your opponent dangerous and strong. “
Baumgart can’t do anything with the discussion about Cologne’s away haul (three points from six parties, 14th place) anyway: “This is a topic that tends to come from outside. I always talk about performance, and except for Hoffenheim it was right. We could have taken four points more in Freiburg and Frankfurt. We won in Stuttgart, even if it was a different competition. It’s not that we haven’t shown it yet. “
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One of the keys to Alm success: Cologne must eliminate Bielefeld’s secret playmaker – goalkeeper Stefan Ortega (29)! Last season he prepared Arminia’s 1-0 winner against FC with a long ball.
“It wasn’t just Cologne who fell for it, me with Paderborn too,” admits Baumgart and therefore demands: “We have to run it very hard. That WILL be a priority for our strikers. We will definitely put him under pressure. ”A special task for Anthony Modeste (33) & Co. – to break the knot away from home.