Berlin (dpa) – When his colleagues were still celebrated on their lap of honor by the fans, Max Kruse was already wearing civilian clothes again. In black pants and a black sweatshirt, the new leader of 1. FC Union Berlin left for the winners’ interview in the stadium of the Alte Försterei.
What the 32-year-old had to say on TV after the 4-0 (1-0) in the Bundesliga against FSV Mainz 05, opponent trainer Jan-Moritz Lichte had to dig bitterly. “I think you have already seen that I am a little further than last week. But it is also clear that this is not 100 percent what I can play. I know that I can improve myself.”, Kruse said after his through and through through a successful debut for the Iron on Friday evening including the first goal.
After his long injury break, Kruse had more than 60 minutes of strength this time, and that was enough to keep Mainz in total crisis mode. Light did not want to describe the appearance of his squad as “soulless” on their debut as an interim coach. But because so many things don’t work, “self-confidence quickly deteriorated,” said the 40-year-old.
With zero points and many problems, Mainz enters the international break after the leadership chaos around ex-coach Achim Beierlorzer. Light wants to work on “physicality”. His players must be able to “stress” the opponent again. Like Kruse at Union.
His coach Urs Fischer was almost euphoric about his cautious Swiss conditions after the highest victory in the Berliners’ young Bundesliga history. “If you won 4-0, you can be satisfied,” said the 54-year-old. To be put into perspective a little later. “It was an important win, but it’s nice to stay on the ground.”
With four points, Union is completely on track and most likely in the international break for local rival Hertha BSC. The improved personnel prospects also provide attractive prospects. Marcus Ingvartsen, Marvin Friedrich and Joel Pohjanpalo with his first goal just seconds after he was substituted increased the result after Kruse’s opening goal. All six goals of the Iron this season have been scored by different goalscorers. Fischer recently complained that he had no real striker in his line-up.