The air is getting thinner and thinner for FC!
After the embarrassing 0: 5 bankruptcy of 1. FC Köln at SC Freiburg last weekend, Cologne slipped to 16th place.
On Saturday (3:30 p.m.) Hertha BSC will come to the Rhein-Energie-Stadion – an extremely important game! If a similar bloodless appearance as in Breisgau can be seen, it could have been for coach Markus Gisdol (51).
The fans of 1. FC Köln want to give the team a message beforehand. At the Geißbockheim they hung up a banner on Friday to give the team the necessary motivation.
Markus Gisdol: “The training week was very intense”
“Shortly after the game you don’t have a real explanation for a game like that, so you take a little more time afterwards. Then you have to try directly to change things and align our ideas. A game like this can be a cleansing thunderstorm, that can help. The training week was very intense, ”said Gisdol at the press conference.
And further: “Everyone asks himself what he can contribute personally. Good things often come to the fore. I think it’s good when the players talk to each other, to say where something can be done better. I don’t mean that negatively in any way. We all pull together 100 percent. “
Markus Gisdol: “I don’t know whether Horst has to say it more clearly”
Horst Heldt said after the Freiburg game that Gisdol will also sit on the bench against Hertha. The coach is therefore not concerned with the thought that it could soon be over for him in Cologne: “I concentrate on working with the team, I put energy into it. I don’t know whether Horst has to say it more clearly. It makes no sense for me to deal with this topic. “
With Christian Clemens (29) a goodbye is very likely. The winger was released from training with the regional league team to hold talks.
Read the press conference of 1. FC Köln with Markus Gisdol and Horst Heldt (51) before the game against Hertha BSC:
Heldt: Bruno Labbadia already had many qualities back then, and still has them. If you lost a game with him, he was unresponsive. But that’s just to make it clear that he had big goals and a great career.
Gistol: Ehizibue trained very well on Tuesday and always had his scenes. You can clearly feel that he’s coming back. At Tolu we didn’t do him justice at the beginning when we immediately threw him in. I see a development in him. He makes the typical development of a young player who comes from a small league and has everything shot short and sweet. It is increasingly becoming a good alternative for us. But we still have to give him the time he needs because he has enormous potential. He is hardworking and accelerates.
Heldt: Christian Clemens is holding talks and we wish him the best of luck. Without going into further details, something could develop. I also heard the rumors about Ehizibue, but cannot confirm the reports. There is no contact with Florence.
Gistol: I’m sorry for Anthony Modeste, honestly. Let him find himself again in peace. He accelerates and even does extra training with a personal trainer. I hope it finds its shape again. It’s a lot of work, but he does a lot for it. Leave him alone for a while.
Gistol: In terms of personnel, we have the same team available as last week. It’s difficult to say what to expect from Hertha. It’s important that we find the right position in the game.
Gistol: In Dortmund we won with a back three, in Leipzig we scored with a back four. It doesn’t matter in which formation you play if the access doesn’t fit. Now we just have to find the right attitude again, the greed, the two-way game. This is the first step in order to be able to play a good game, and we want to build on that to play good football. Without a proper game against the ball, we don’t have a chance against any team.
Gistol: Before I criticize a single player, I always start with myself. I am responsible for what the team delivers. If the criticism focuses more on the coach, as it is now, then I am happy to take it upon myself if a player feels less pressure. That was certainly not the best performance from me either and I am the most critical person there is with myself.
Gistol: With the cleansing thunderstorm I meant above all that everyone asks themselves again what they can contribute personally. Good things often come to the fore. I think it’s good when the players talk to each other, to say where something can be done better. I don’t mean that negatively in any way. Everyone pulls together 100 percent.
Gistol: I concentrate on working with the team, that’s where I put energy. I don’t know whether Horst has to say it more clearly. It doesn’t make any sense to me to deal with this topic.
Heldt: Every game is of course important to us. Both teams disappointed at the weekend, which is an explosive factor in the game. But I don’t think we have a final. For me, the endgame means that things cannot go on afterwards. But it does.
Gistol: Shortly after the game you don’t have a real explanation for such a game, so you take a little more time afterwards. Then you have to try directly to change things and to align our ideas. A game like this can be a cleansing thunderstorm, that can help. The training week was very intense.
Heldt about the previous training week: We always have a good exchange with the team, especially the coaching team. This week we intensified it and dealt with many players individually and in groups. But that all stays in the inner circle. We have a good feeling, the players were understanding. You don’t want something like last weekend to happen again. We are optimistic.
12 o’clock: Markus Gisdol and Horst Heldt are there.
11.55 a.m .: It’s starting soon.
1. FC Köln vs. Hertha BSC: The balance
- 70 encounters
- 31 FC victories
- 12 draws
- 27 Hertha victories
The record speaks easily for the FC. The last time they met, FC clearly won 5-0 – on Carnival Saturday! Previously, however, the Cologne team could only win two out of twelve games against the capital city. Hertha won the last two games in the Rhein-Energie-Stadion.