There are still five minutes left to play in the Romand derby, but Servette fans are already saying goodbye to Nuzzolo and Co. with mocking “Au Revoir” calls. See you in the Super League from the season after next, at the earliest.
Because although the Xamax descent is not yet calculated, with the bankruptcy in Geneva, hope is lost. “We are realists, the Challenge League is coming,” says coach Henchoz after the game. Three Sion bankruptcies and two Xamax victories against St. Gallen and Lugano – there will be no.
The neck blow in Geneva? The two quick goals after a balanced first half. “The 1: 2 hurt, the 1: 3 killed us,” said Henchoz. He regrets the injury-related change from Oss to the break – because the new man Neitzke acts much more as an extra than as a preventer in both goals. Defense coordination is wrong both times.
«I lacked time between games»
Ex-Liverpool defender Henchoz would have liked to work on these shortcomings more. The Freiburg who came back to Neuchâtel three weeks ago as a rescuer in need would have wished for more time between the games. «If you play every three days, you hardly have time to train. I didn’t have the time to move the team and each individual player forward. »
Otherwise Henchoz has no regrets, does not look for excuses. «Servette deserves victory and fourth place. You have a strong force together ». The relegation could not be put down to this defeat – Xamax was always missing something throughout the season.
1: 4 bankruptcy: So Xamax goes under in Geneva(03:14)
Henchoz skilfully avoids the question of whether Xamax would have been relegated if he had been kept as a coach last summer. Not only had he left, but also many top performers – including Serey Die, Ademi and Pickel.
Captain Laurent Walthert said as a side blow to the club leadership that these had been replaced too late, and that people had been too young for those who were not yet ready. “The descent clearly has sporting reasons, but also political ones,” said the goalie.
“Challenge League will not be easy”
If the club strives for immediate re-emergence and is counting on him, he would like to continue serving the team next season, said Walthert. Coach Henchoz builds on this kind of attitude, who will also be on the sidelines with his one-year contract in the Challenge League.
«There are always three or four good teams there who play for promotion. The return is anything but easy, »said Henchoz. You need players who are fully committed to the goals of the club.