Berlin (dpa) – His colleagues just “have a lot of fun” with target gamer Max Kruse. The fans in Berlin-Köpenick would wear it on their hands if they were allowed to enter the stadium.
And the down to earth Swiss Urs Fischer came out a bit as a follower of the “special player” in the shirt of the surprise club 1. FC Union, as he called the famous newcomer this week. Kruse is and will remain special at his seventh station as a professional football player – both on and off the field.
“It was easy to see that they both benefit from each other: the team of Max and Max,” said coach Fischer after a 5-0 (3-0) victory, the biggest win in the still-young Bundesliga history. the Eiserne. comes in. Kruse was involved in four goals against overwhelmed newcomer Arminia Bielefeld: one he initiated wisely, two he prepared exemplary and he himself marked the penalty spot.
“On the one hand, he felt the support a player of his quality needs,” said Fischer, outlining Kruse’s position within his team. “On the other hand, it’s not very good at taking long and long journeys into account. That’s how it can work.” 32-year-old Kruse has revived Union in a hurry, not only with his three goals this season and five assists. “We accept everyone as they are. Max Kruse is a very positive man. It’s a lot of fun with him,” said Captain Christopher Trimmel, speaking of a “near-perfect match” for his team.
Kruse’s inspiration and skills as a goalscorer quickly ensured clear conditions on the seventh matchday in a stadium near the Alte Försterei that was spooky empty again due to the corona pandemic. Japanese Keita Endo later injured after 129 seconds and the second fastest goal in the Bundesliga history of Berlin and Robert Andrich (13th minute) struck immediately. Sheraldo Becker added more before halftime. Substitute Cedric Teuchert made the 5-0 record perfect.
And meanwhile, the same Kruse, who after a radar check this week had abused the police on his Instagram channel and then put it in perspective, still tied a record in the league. With the 16th converted penalty kick in his 257th Bundesliga appearance, the Schleswig-Holstein resident set the rate of 100 percent for Hans-Joachim Abel van Schalke and Bochum, who also did so in the late 1970s and early 1980s. 16 penalties for VfL Bochum and FC Schalke 04 were commuted.
“It is primarily about the performance on the field. Then there is a Max in private who sometimes expresses himself a little differently than I do,” said the current coach of Kruse. “That’s his right,” added Fischer. And for the insults after the speedcam action in the 30 km / h zone, Kruse apologized: “That also shows his class,” said Fischer, who of course knows the explosiveness: “In the end it’s give and take. We have to. that we keep it that way. “
Despite all the euphoria surrounding Kruse, the record win in the Bundesliga and the European table atmosphere, the Swiss also took an objective approach to what had been achieved so far. “We are clear-headed,” said Fischer. He sees no reason to correct the purpose of relegation. “Twelve points will not be enough. I’m not going to deviate. For former national coach and current Arminia trainer Uwe Neuhaus, this sounded like a luxury discussion after the fifth defeat in a row.