No goal in six of the last seven games and now a home defeat against the bottom: 1. FC Köln is not in a good phase. The cushion is melting, staying up in the league is not yet certain.
Davie Selke was almost symbolic for 1. FC Köln. He stood in front of the journalists with a thick plaster over his swollen eye after the 2-0 home defeat against the previous bottom team VfL Bochum and didn’t really know what to say.
Selke had worn himself out, worked, fought. But once again very unfortunate acts. Zero goals, zero assists, but four injuries are now in the FC balance sheet for Hertha BSC’s winter signing.
“I’m a Christian, so I don’t say ‘bewitched’,” he replied when asked if everything seemed “bewitched”: “But I’m being slowed down by all sorts of things, it’s really crazy. Illness, knees, ankles, now a cut – but I think I’ve got it all covered now.”
Six games without a goal
FC have not scored in six of their last seven games. The team from Cologne are now only five points ahead of the previous bottom team from Bochum. So does the relegation battle really start again ten games before the end of the season? “We would do well not to let too many doubts arise,” warned defender Timo Hübers, who caused the early 0:1 through Kevin Stöger (9th) with a foul on the penalty line. “That was super unfortunate,” said Hübers, but also admitted: “I have to be smarter.”
This also applies to the entire team. “If you don’t score, it will be difficult in the long run, that’s for sure,” said coach Steffen Baumgart. But he was “far from blaming the boys, because they invested a lot, but somehow something is always missing, in the end it’s not enough, and that’s not the first time.”
That sounds threatening. With the game against championship contenders Borussia Dortmund and the derby against Borussia Mönchengladbach, groundbreaking games are now in store for Cologne. But the confidence is still there. “We’re going to Dortmund with the aim of wanting to win there,” said Baumgart.
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