32nd Bundesliga matchday
Berlin (dpa) – tension at the end of the table and in the battle for the premier class: One day after the first important decisions in the Bundesliga with the Munich title and the Paderborn relegation, Mainz and Düsseldorf in particular caused surprises.
DORTMUNDER FRUST, MAINZER JOY: BVB coach Lucien Favre spoke of a “great disappointment in how we played”, ex-professional Sebastian Kehl commented annoyed on media speculation that Giovanni Reyna was missing due to an alleged Corona case. “This is an absolute hoax. He did not have a positive corona test, there was no suspicion and he is still in the test procedure. One should deal with the issue of corona more sensitively in the media,” the head of the license player department scolded after the 0: 2 against FSV Mainz 05. “I’m a little exhausted, but it’s a really, really big day for us,” said Mainz coach Achim Beierlorzer.
READT-MINUTE POINT: Despite the victory given away in the final minutes, RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann was not speechless. “I can find a reason for a lot,” he said after the 2-2 win against Fortuna Düsseldorf. With goals from Kevin Kampl (60.) and Timo Werner (63.) RB led 2-0, but the goals of Steven Skrzybski (87.) and André Hoffmann (90. + 2) made for a surprising draw and an important one Point for Düsseldorf in the relegation battle. In the remote duel with Werder Bremen, Fortuna presented relegation rank 16 with a counter. “It’s just a draw again, but it feels like a win,” said Düsseldorf’s Kaan Ayhan.
VICTORY SERIES: Five months ago, January 17th, Schalke 04 started the second half against Gladbach with a 2-0 win. But since then, the team of coach David Wagner has been victorious, Europe should definitely no longer be an issue after the 1-2 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt. “How the boys fought back deserves respect. So it’s a shame that we couldn’t turn the game around anymore. So we’re taking the result with us. We’ll keep working,” said Wagner. If you go on like in the second half, he believes that “we’ll win another game”.
EUROPEAN COURSE: Hoffenheim captain Benjamin Hübner described the table constellation after the 3-1 in Augsburg as “interesting”. The TSG closed with 46 points to sixth in the table VfL Wolfsburg. “We are currently in a good table position, which we at least want to defend. We will fight until the end and try to improve our position again,” said Hübner after the second game after the separation from coach Alfred Schreuder. A possible new head coach was not debated on Wednesday.
ROYAL CLASS FIGHT: Derby victory, fourth – and the Champions League in view: Bayer Leverkusen overtook Borussia Mönchengladbach by 3-1 against Cologne. “You have to be honest: if you said during the winter break that we are two points ahead of fifth in two games, we would all have signed. We know that we still have to win both games. Of course I would rather have known I how many points ahead. But that’s football, it’s exciting, “said Bayer coach Peter Bosz.