FC Zurich wins three times in a row, FC Luzern loses three times in a row. In the past, many Sporttoto-Tippers entered a single bank for the match of the first against the last.
No, with a success in the game against Lucerne on Saturday at 6 p.m., the Zurich team will not have their longest series of recent victories in the Super League. Because they also started the season with four wins in a row, after they had also won the last game of the 2020/21 season.
However, if you look back further, you have some difficulty to come across a series of victories from Zurich. In late autumn 2019 they won five times in a row and four times from July 2014. That is the end of the last seven and a half years with long, enjoyable series. Each subsequent series ends after the third match.
Precisely because of this, it may not be a coincidence that Die Zürcher are practicing in the winning series this season. Namely in the season in which they play at the top of the league for the first time in ages and contest the favorites Young Boys and Basel for the championship title.
In order to win, the team of the new coach André Breitenreiter, who is probably rightly praised, does not necessarily have to play superiorly. The winning goal can also be scored when the opponent is pressing. Like most recently in the late 1-0 win against the Young Boys, against whom they had not won in the championship since August 2014 and last lost eleven times in the series.
Zürcher with last commitment
The “Tagesanzeiger” rated the win against the series champion as “deserved” because it was the result of “a lot of passion”. In fact, passion is the last thing you can deny the FCZ team this fall. André Breitenreiter brought them with him, the players took them over.
It is precisely through this passion that FC Luzern should find its way out of the manifest crisis. After the deeply disappointing performance in the 1: 3 defeat in Lugano, the Central Swiss actually played more passionately at home against Basel in the first game under interim coach Sandro Chieffo. They documents FC Basel 1: 3, but at least they stood up against dying at home.
In these weeks and months, the people of Zurich also take advantage of the fortunate fact that they hardly have any injuries or illnesses. Breitenreiter can draw on unlimited resources game after game. It won’t be any different in the match against Lucerne.
Wagner has to keep improvising
YB’s coach David Wagner can only dream of such a relaxed situation in the squad. Even for the eminently short match on Saturday evening in Wankdorf against Servette from the Bernese perspective, the German has to do without nine players, most of whom would play key roles.
The Super League games on Saturday at a glance:
Zurich – Lucerne (first duel of the season: 3: 1). – Saturday, 6 p.m. – SR Fähndrich. – Absences: Buschman (injured) and Coric (sick); Lucerne without Campo, Alabi and Monney (all injured). – Questionable: – ; Prospect. – Statistics: The proud leader FC Zurich has a fabulous opportunity to expand its winning streak under coach André Breitenreiter to four games and its unbeaten streak to nine games. FC Luzern’s balance sheet is mirror-inverted. The last three championship games were all lost, including that of last Sunday against FC Basel, when Sandro Chieffo made his debut as an interim coach. The bottom of the league, Lucerne, has seven of its ten points from a draw. The only win was a 2-0 win at home against St. Gallen.
Young boys – Servette (6-0). – Saturday, 8.30 p.m. – SR Schnyder. – Absences: Aebischer (blocked), Von Ballmoos, Nsame, Fassnacht, Zesiger, Garcia, Monteiro, Petignat (all injured) and Rieder (sick); Schalk, Cespedes, Fofana and Deana (all injured). – Statistics: Servette is the only team in the Super League that has not had a negative record from the duels with the Bernese in the four YB championship seasons since 2017/18. Geneva have won three of the nine direct encounters since their promotion in the summer of 2019. Three duels were lost and three more were drawn. YB won the first duel of the season in Geneva 6-0. However, the Servettiens play ten times the entire second half.