Steffen Baumgart has been emphasizing for weeks: 1. FC Köln has four strong and experienced central defenders at their disposal. Credible assurances from the trainer – so far there can be no talk of a steady couple in the defense center. Currently, the duo Luca Kilian and Rafael Czichos have an advantage.
The latter can definitely be described as the head of the defense, he only did not play in one Bundesliga game from the start. It also seems to be more about who is playing next to him. The other candidates: Jorge Meré and Timo Hübers. “You are doing just as well” as the other two defenders, Baumgart stated explicitly on Wednesday.
In the last three games, however, Czichos and Kilian were on the field. “In my opinion, both are making it very stable and very clear at the moment,” said the FC coach. With the consequence that they are “one step ahead”. Regardless of this, it remains the same: “I know that I have two in the background that I can bring in at any time.”
Offensive weak Augsburgers come to Cologne
Who Baumgart actually counts on in the end, can already be seen on Friday evening. Then the home game against FC Augsburg takes place.
Will the elect have much to do? At first glance, it doesn’t look like it. In principle, Cologne does not allow too much, the FCA has relatively few major opportunities. The third weakest offensive in the league (14 hits) comes in the RheinEnergieStadion.
Source: press conference