The truth that after once more just a few specialists consider that VfL Bochum is able to surviving within the league doesn’t impress head coach Thomas Rees. This evaluation, he thinks, additionally takes the strain off his workforce.
Want to steer VfL Bochum to standing once more: Thomas Rees and goalkeeping coach Peter Grieber.
Thomas Reiss himself goes into his second Bundesliga 12 months as a coach, having been at dwelling within the highest German league for years as a participant. He is aware of from final 12 months that his workforce is likely one of the massive outsiders, “there,” says Reiss, “we have been quantity 2 for essentially the most relegated groups”, behind SpVgg Greuther Fürth. “Now we’re relegation candidate number one? I see that as a constructive: it takes lots of strain off us, thanks for that.”
A thirteenth place end and the 42 factors achieved as a benchmark from final season is actually not lifelike. Bochum’s objective stays relegation, regardless of how slender the hole to sixteenth place ultimately.
Defensively specifically there are nonetheless some query marks, not least due to the gaps left by the departures of Maxime Leish and Armel Béla Kotchap. In addition, Danilo Soares, a dependable left-again final season, may also be out for an indefinite interval.
New area 1st league: Uncertainty over Ordets and Hoffmann
And there stays some uncertainty about how Bundesliga newcomers such as defender Ivan Ordets and striker Philipp Hoffmann will fare within the prime German league. Both carry a certain quantity of expertise on the highest stage, however must modify to a brand new league first.
The Ukrainian Ordets have already confirmed their class in preparation and friendlies regardless of their lack of competitors apply, with Hoffmann alternating between gentle and shadow. After all, the middle ahead scored a snug 3-0 win within the DFB Cup at Victoria Berlin final Saturday.
Staphylidis replaces Soares – ‘Tight duel’ between Lampropoulos and Masovic
About the road-up: Kostas Stafilidis, who was absent from the cup recreation as a consequence of a muscle drawback, will fill the vacant left-again spot within the again 4 because of the absence of Danilo Soares. Ordets is ranked in central defence, with both Vassilios Lampropoulos or Erhan Masovic as his teammates; However, each confirmed uncommon weaknesses in preparation. “It is,” Reese admits, “a extremely shut duel.”
Whether the funds is small or massive, the opponent doesn’t get pleasure from taking part in soccer towards us.
On the opposite hand, one in all Bochum’s proficient squad gamers will seem in central defence, Maxime Leish, who might be an vital pillar of Bochum’s again-line within the second half of the season. “FSV Mainz received a participant who did not do too dangerous for us,” Reiss mentioned. “Of course will probably be a really particular state of affairs for him in Bochum, he’ll most likely be underneath lots of stress.”
It would not matter who’s on the opposite facet, it would not matter how a lot monetary concession there may be: Reiss calls for intensive work on the “third miracle”, as he calls relegation. His premise: “Whether the funds is massive or small, the opponent shouldn’t get pleasure from taking part in soccer towards us.”