Berlin (dpa) – Thanks to the world football player, FC Bayern is entering the new Bundesliga year as table leader. FC Schalke 04, on the other hand, has nothing to celebrate. The change of coach also had no effect on the last matchday of 2020. In Mönchengladbach, Marcus Thuram suffered a dropout.
SPITZE: An exciting end to FC Bayern’s excellent year. After exhausting months, Munich had a difficult time in the top match against former leader Bayer Leverkusen. But Bayern could rely on their world football player. Robert Lewandowski scored twice and almost in the last second to make it 2-1, which marked a championship lead over Christmas. Subsequently, there was a discussion about changing national player Leroy Sané again, who was first changed in the 32nd minute and then in the 68th minute. “He will be able to handle it, the individual has to regress a bit,” said coach Hansi Flick. “He’s getting all our support. Today we had to react like that because there was no other option.”
CRISIS: Even with “coach of the century” Huub Stevens, Schalke 04 cannot win. The 67-year-old’s return to the Royal Blues coaching bench failed in the 0: 1 relegation thriller against Arminia Bielefeld. Schalke has been waiting for a victory since January 2020 – at least until January 2021. But give up? Not an option, said Stevens: “Giving up is the very last thing. We keep fighting and hope for a little luck.” How things will go after the cup match against Ulm on Tuesday is still open. According to reports, Friedhelm Funkel would be a candidate to replace Stevens after the agreed two matches.
YOUNGER: 262 seconds. The 19-year-old debutant Eren Dinkci of Werder Bremen no longer had to become the match winner after he was substituted in the match of FSV Mainz 05. With his winning goal to 1-0, the North Germans managed to overtake the middle of the table. Dinkci ranks 17th among the fastest debut goals in the Bundesliga. The FSV, without home victory this season, is the penultimate going into the short Christmas break. “It will be very difficult in the Bundesliga. So far that is absolutely not enough and absolutely disappointing,” said sports director Rouven Schröder.
LAMA: Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram spat in the face of opponent Stefan Posch in the match against TSG Hoffenheim. The Frenchman therefore saw the red card (79th), his team conceded the goal to make it 1: 2 a little later. “I apologize on behalf of the whole club. That just doesn’t belong on the football field. It goes way beyond national borders. The fuses have blown for him,” said coach Marco Rose, announcing he would have a serious word with Thuram. want.
SERIES: RB Leipzig missed a number of opportunities. The boys knew they had to transform them, coach Julian Nagelsmann said quite mildly after the 0-0 draw against 1. FC Köln. A goal would have meant that the seventh home win in the seventh series of games was torn. Just like the 2-0 victory of Eintracht Frankfurt at FC Augsburg, which the Hessians were very happy with. “That is an absolute liberation that we have succeeded in”, said Adi Hütter, happy and relieved after nine games without a win.
ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT: The last Bundesliga match of 2020 will be played in the evening (6 p.m. / Sky) by VfL Wolfsburg and VfB Stuttgart. VfL coach Oliver Glasner praised as a precaution: “I think you have a great team. You have a lot of speed on the offensive.” And: “This is a very, very cleverly put together team.” Before that (3.30pm / Sky), SC Freiburg will receive Hertha BSC – a return to previous colleagues for Berlin goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow. That is why Hertha coach Bruno Labbadia asked his keeper. “That would be stupid if you didn’t take advantage of it,” Labbadia said.