Berlin (AP) – The home comeback of Arminia Bielefeld, the Mainz team after the players’ strike and the fight of Schalke coach David Wagner for his job – the second day of the Bundesliga has a lot to offer on Saturday. Six heads to the six games:
Arminia Bielefeld – 1. FC Cologne
Marcel Hartel: When he was six years old, Marcel Hartel joined 1. FC Köln. He played for FC for 15 years. He turned professional, but the breakthrough never came. After eight changes in the Bundesliga, he moved to Union Berlin, where he rose with the iron. The FC waived the buyback option, Hartel went to Bielefeld and got up again. The former U21 player is now as director and top player in Bielefeld’s first home game in the first division in eleven years – against FC of all time.
Bayer Leverkusen – RB Leipzig
Patrick Schick: In 22 Bundesliga games on loan last year, Patrik Schick scored 10 goals for RB Leipzig last year and ousted veteran Yussuf Poulsen as Timo Werner’s forward. The transfer fee of € 26.5 million was too high for RB. Leverkusen thus struck and brought in the Czech from AS Roma to succeed Kevin Volland. After two short appearances due to a lack of fitness, Schick is now about to make his debut eleven. Ironically against RB. And against his successor Alexander Sörloth. The Norwegian, not much cheaper with a transfer fee of 20 million, will probably be the first to sit on the couch.
Bor. Mönchengladbach – 1. FC Union Berlin
Yann Sommer: The Swiss national goalkeeper, who came to Gladbach from FC Basel for almost eight million euros six years ago, has long been a club icon. He quickly jumped out of the shadow of his predecessor Marc-Andre ter Steegen, who switched to FC Barcelona, and will play his 200th Bundesliga game for Borussia against Union Berlin on Saturday. This means that only Uwe Kamps (390) and Wolfgang Kleff (321) have a head start on the 31-year-old in the club’s history.
FC Augsburg – Borussia Dortmund
Erling Haaland: Like a hurricane hurtling through the stadium, spectators at the Augsburg Arena must have seen Erling Haaland’s great target show in the Bundesliga for the first time eight months ago. The 19-year-old Dortmund scored nine goals in the first six games, three of which at the debut in Augsburg. At the end of the season, there were thirteen goals and the Norwegian’s hunger for goals has still not been satisfied. On the first matchday a week ago, Haaland met again twice – and now it’s off to Augsburg.
FSV Mainz 05 – VfB Stuttgart
Achim Beierlorzer: After the strike of the players in Mainz, which made national headlines during the week, the question arises: will coach Beierlorzer get the situation under control? Defeat by the Swabians would jeopardize his job. Especially since the 52-year-old has been criticized in the past. He doesn’t want to know about an argument: “The team made a statement that was not directed against me personally.” The professionals fought striker Adam Szalai’s suspension with a training boycott – a one-off event at the House of Lords.
FC Schalke 04 – Werder Bremen
David Wagner: In mid-January, they cheered David Wagner on at Schalke. After the 2-0 start of the second half against Gladbach, Schalke finished fifth. On points level with arch-rival Dortmund and three points behind second place Bayern. Wagner seemed to have understood and revived Schalke. 16 games without a win followed by the end of the season and an 8-0 loss to Bayern at the start. With such a shameful performance, Wagner is in danger of losing his last ally in sports director Jochen Schneider. In case of a bad performance against Bremen, the 48-year-old could lose his job.