Team check 1. FC Köln: The people of Cologne want more

Status: 01/12/2023 11:01 a.m.

After a good start to the season before the World Cup break in the Bundesliga, 1. FC Köln’s form was on the decline. Coach Steffen Baumgart does not want to set big short-term goals, but long-term ones.

After just one point in the last five games before the World Cup break, 1. FC Köln have fallen to 13th place in the Bundesliga table. Coach Steffen Baumgart only wants to look down this season. Eventually, however, he sees the club back in the European Cup. New offensive power should also help.

The Cologne crash after a good start

The bitter start to the season with the cup defeat in the second division of Jahn Regensburg (3-4 after penalties) did not upset the Cologne team. In the league, they started with a 3-1 victory over Schalke and went unbeaten in the first five games.

On Matchday 10, only three points separated FC Bayern Munich from second place in the standings. It was only against Union Berlin (0-1) and Borussia Mönchengladbach (2-5) that the club left empty-handed.

  • 1. FC Köln – Baumgart calls for a relegation battle
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However, the last five games before the World Cup break brought coach Steffen Baumgart’s side just one point higher and thus the fall from seventh to 13th place – just three points down. of the relegation zone. At the same time, FC were knocked out of the Conference League after qualifying and a strong group start.

On the final day of the group stage, the Cologne side battled hard against OGC Nice, leveling after being down 2-0, but failing to score the third goal they needed to qualify. .

This was followed by defeats against Freiburg, Leverkusen and Hertha BSC, which saw FC fall and Baumgart draw a sobering conclusion after the strong start to the season: “We are in a relegation battle, you don’t have talking about it. Everything else is just window dressing.”

Davie Selke should strengthen FC’s offensive

Looking at the injury list in the attacking department, it was obvious that FC would have to step up their game during the winter break. He did so by signing former European U21 champion Davie Selke from Hertha BSC.

  • Davie Selke and Cologne’s pursuit of air supremacy
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Due to the prolonged absences of Mark Uth (problems in the pubic bone and adductor area), Florian Dietz (cruciate ligament surgery) and Sebastian Andersson (knee surgery), FC lacked a threat of goal in the middle, something Selke should change: “With his physicality, good heading and good finishing, he will help our team if we use him appropriately,” said FC general manager Christian Keller , after the transfer.

At Hertha, Selke has scored one goal in 13 league games (three in the starting XI) before the winter break. Like the other attacking forces in the FC workforce, it is far from the efficiency that Anthony Modeste presented to the Cologne public last season.

The Frenchman propelled FC FC into the Conference League with 20 goals before joining Borussia Dortmund in the summer, where his quota so far is much more modest with two goals in 13 league appearances.

Baumgart looks down

Baumgart’s side ran out of steam shortly before the World Cup break. But given the fate of injuries, the departure of top players like Modeste and Salih Özcan (both from Dortmund) and perhaps also the unusual burden in the Conference League, hardly anyone should blame him.

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However, the 51-year-old has no illusions about what his team will face in the second half of the season – it will be about staying on their feet. “With our 17 points, I can’t set myself any goals that have anything to do with the top. I’m always watching where it’s getting tighter – and it’s down right now,” he said. he declared to “l’Express” shortly before the turn of the year.

But he does not see the reason for it in the exhausting matches of the European Cup: “This participation made you want more. I have the feeling that it was not a flash in the pan. We can cross at again this step,” Baumgart said.

Baumgart satisfied with his preparation at 1. FC Köln

This stage may be difficult in the current season, but in general Baumgart does not see Cologne in a relegation battle, but with the potential to play internationally.

  • Sans Selke – 1. FC Köln beat Hamburger SV
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What Baumgart currently sees in preparation makes him optimistic: “We have always said that our game will work again if we clarify our actions with freshness. We saw that against Hamburger SV.”

FC won this test match 4-0. “There are many examples where I can see that we are on the right track,” says Baumgart. He does not seem to fear that this path will end in league two.

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