Meeting before Bremen: How Massen got FCA on track

FC Augsburg bid farewell to the underside of the Bundesliga desk for now. Mainly due to the extraordinary assembly.

New, previous method to success: FCA coach Enrico Massen.
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Before the season, FC Augsburg gamers and officers spoke enthusiastically about new coach Enrico Massen and his concept of ​​soccer. The inexperienced Bundesliga coach needed to show the chronically combative FCA possession soccer, to ascertain playful options. It solely labored to a restricted extent with 4 defeats from the primary 5 league video games; Augsburg created so few possibilities, they regarded so unmotivated, their very own play so sluggish.

After a 0:2 stalemate in opposition to Hertha BSC on matchday 5, the teaching workforce sat down and regarded a change. A potent assault with back-to-back fours, plus a double lead (Ermedin Demirovic and Mergim Berisha) and two nominal strikers (Andre Hahn and Florian Niederlechner). “Isn’t that slightly insulting?” Massen requested his colleagues, however he nonetheless used the brand new composition in Bremen – with success.

FCA sports activities in September and what’s subsequent

Before that 1-0 away win, FCA not solely modified the system, but additionally the best way they performed. “We stated we wish to work behind the final line with vertical balls, diagonal balls. We wish to go to the second ball. And we wish to preserve our excessive urgent.” In brief: Augsburg ought to behave as they’ve virtually all the time carried out in eleven years of the Bundesliga: “robust within the tackles, nasty, as a workforce”, as Andre Hahn sums it up.

If you play with 4 strikers in Bremen and nonetheless at this time, you must have actually massive balls.

This new, previous method additionally led to success in opposition to Bayern, despite the fact that Bayern left many high class gamers behind. “Ano has proven that he has massive balls,” stated goalkeeper Rafal Giekiewicz. “If you play with 4 strikers in Bremen and even at this time, you must have actually massive balls. 70 % of the coaches wish to keep low in opposition to Bayern and park the bus for 90 minutes.” In the final assembly before the duel with FCB, Maassen instructed his workforce, “If we lose the sport 4-0 or 5-0 it is not going to scare. But we’ve got an opportunity to win the sport. And we’ve got. Made it.”

Hahn: “Play the best way the followers wish to see us”

FCA went again to fundamentals and moved out of the desk cellar. With 9 factors from seven video games, final yr’s fourteenth place is at the moment eleventh, at the moment 4 factors above the relegation zone. “We play with lots of ardour, lots of combat and coronary heart,” says Hahn. “The manner the followers wish to see us – and the best way FC Augsburg need to look to remain within the league.”

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