Bielefeld (dpa) – Around 200 fans were waiting for their heroes in front of the Schüco Arena. They sang, cheered and fired Bengalos. There was still no doubt for any of them: Arminia Bielefeld rose to the Bundesliga.
And that’s how even the otherwise publicly defensive Uwe Neuhaus saw it. Congratulations, the Arminia coach declined after the 4-0 (1-0) in the catch-up game against the bottom table Dynamo Dresden with reference to the theoretical uncertainty, but he did not feel like playing. “We have the belief and the knowledge that we will make it,” said Neuhaus, who was German champion in 2002 as Matthias Sammer’s assistant and will now come to the Bundesliga for the first time as head coach: “We have the feeling that nobody will be ours anymore And even if it is not yet mathematically perfect: if you still doubt it, I’ll throw it out. “
Neuhaus is spared that. Because none of his players doubted anymore. An hour after the final whistle, almost the entire team stood around a crate of beer next to the substitute bench and celebrated cautiously, but still confident of advancement. And Captain Fabian Klos replied to Sky when asked whether he accepted congratulations, unlike his coach. “You shouldn’t actually do that,” said Klos, who also leads the top scorer list with 19 goals this season: “But I would just take it now.”
On Monday evening, after the final whistle, the Bielefeld team had nine points and 18 goals ahead in third place. Nobody can gamble that anymore. Arminia’s first division return after eleven years, which would make it a record climber together with 1. FC Nürnberg, could be perfect on Tuesday or Wednesday if Hamburger SV did not win against Osnabrück or Stuttgart against Sandhausen. “I wouldn’t be sad if either of us did this favor,” said Klos. In times of ghost games, it ultimately doesn’t matter whether you climb on the couch or in the stadium. And should both pursuers win, then, according to Klos: “We’ll get one point on Thursday.” Then Arminia receives Darmstadt 98.
The Frenchman Jonathan Clauss (10th), who moved to Lens in the summer with a dream goal by Lupfer, Andreas Voglsammer in his starting eleven comeback after almost five months (62nd), Klos (65th) and Cebio Soukou (87th) after a great one Solo scored the gates. “It was a perfect day,” said Neuhaus, who deliberately gave up his reluctance. “I am often said to be relaxed,” he said: “Today is because I am relaxed. I do not know how many times I have said that we are just concentrating on the next game so as not to entice me allow.” That ended on Monday evening.
The mood in the Dresden camp was far more bleak. With five points behind in 16th place, Dynamo has little hope of relegation. “We have to put on the combat suit and then it starts,” said trainer Markus Kauczinski.
Between the lines it also sounded that his belief in a miracle tends towards zero. “The tank is simply not full,” said the coach of the Saxons, who had the hardest possible preparation for the restart due to the two-week team quarantine: “We have been at the back of the list for six months, have struggled again and again and then we did this corona drone unfortunately pulled our feet from under the floor. “