Bielefeld (dpa) – Sports director Horst Heldt reacted indignantly to the flaring goalkeeper discussion at football club 1. FC Köln of the Bundesliga.
“It really suits me here,” said Heldt. “We refuse to take an individual to the team sport massacre. If I allow that, we can stop.”
According to Heldt, Timo Horn had “of course made a mistake in the decisive goal at 0-1 in Bielefeld. But I saw a few others in the analysis.” Born in Cologne, who has since been considered a candidate for the national team and was Germany’s regular goalkeeper for Olympic silver in 2016, Horn was viewed critically by a number of fans last year.
Now, just like in the 2: 3 against Hoffenheim, he looked bad at the deciding goal, but otherwise he had held up well. Before the season started, Cologne had signed 2014 world champion Ron-Robert Zieler, also a Cologne resident, as number 2. But a short goalkeeper change after only two match days is not an issue for coach Markus Gisdol. “Timo, to make that clear, is and will remain number one,” he said.