Wolfsburg (AP) – Unlike most Bundesliga managers, Stefan Reuter should have a quiet last day of this transfer window. When the transition period began in the summer, FC Augsburg had just two disappointing seasons and nearly 40 professionals under contract.
Two months later, Reuter can sit back and relax, because in the meantime he has deliberately strengthened and significantly reduced his team and therefore does not have much to do on Monday. “So far it has worked out very well”, said the 1990 world champion after the 0-0 win over VfL Wolfsburg in an interview with Sky. Because the unbeaten FCA is on a par with leader RB Leipzig in the almost two-week international break.
The fact that the club missed the rankings for the first time in its history on Sunday was even understood with humor in Augsburg. “He congratulated him and I said we should give him some breathing room when he comes back,” said assistant coach Iraklis Metaxas, who represented the ailing Heiko Herrlich in Wolfsburg. The head trainer is in hospital with a pneumothorax (air between the lungs and chest wall) and contacted his assistant immediately after the final whistle. “He’s pleased. He saw it the same way, and he also had similar ideas with the changes in his mind. So it’s right,” said Metaxas.
On the team schedule, Herrlich quickly came to an agreement with his former Dortmund teammate and current Augsburg sports director Stefan Reuter. Both wanted to change the team’s hierarchy and therefore replaced long-standing leading players such as Daniel Baier or Andreas Luthe with three new ones: “We were lucky enough to sign three experienced Bundesliga players for free with Tobias Strobl, Daniel Caligiuri and Rafal Gikiewicz” , said Reuter.
They have slimmed down the much too large team by separating twelve professionals. On the last day of the transfer period, the sports manager only has work to do if there are still buyers for striker Julian Schieber and defender Felix Götze. Otherwise, the schedule is complete.
“If you start as FC Augsburg with seven points from three games, you can be satisfied. Probably nobody would have thought that”, said Caligiuri, who came from Schalke 04. “But we have to stay on the ground and stay exactly on this path. “