FC Cologne’s Winless Streak Continues: Coach Baumgart Addresses Issues After Loss to Werder Bremen

Played well in phases, led – and yet lost for the fourth time. The wait for Cologne’s first win continues and also reveals problems in the 1:2 after 1:0 in Bremen that coach Steffen Baumgart wants to address.

Served after the 1:2 in Bremen – but not in panic mode: Cologne’s goalscorer Davie Selke. IMAGO/Nordphoto

When Davie Selke turned toward the corner flag after his header at almost exactly 7 p.m. on Saturday evening and celebrated his goal to make it 1-0 against former club Werder Bremen, he felt like he was within his grasp – his first win of the season.

The Rhinelanders had played too well so far, forcing SVW into passivity and dominating the game of the teams that started weakly.

But in the end everything turned out differently and the “Effzeh” was left without a threesome for the fifth time. Across the season, there have already been seven games in Germany’s upper house in which the Domstadt team have not managed to win.

Victories? “We have to do everything we can”

For Selke, a man of clear words, an unacceptable situation.

“We’re not winning right now, that’s shit. We have to score points as quickly as possible,” said the visibly frustrated FC striker on the “Sky” microphone immediately after the final whistle. “We have to do everything we can to win games. The first half was good, but Werder was stronger in the second half.” That’s why Selke ultimately even recognized “a deserved victory” for the Green-Whites, of which he himself had been a member from 2013 to 2015 and from 2020 to 2021.

And the 28-year-old was not alone. Cologne coach Steffen Baumgart, who had exchanged ideas with his protégé for a while shortly before Selke’s TV interview, also recognized a lot of bad things as well as good approaches, which meant that his team was able to achieve the three points they had been aiming for and had achieved with the 1-0 goal had let it be taken – already the third lost lead.

“We will have to find answers and ask ourselves why Bremen comes into the game in the second half,” said the 51-year-old, whose team, in his view, “didn’t do a lot of things the way he did,” especially after the break imagined that.

“We stay true to our path”

However, the people of Cologne do not want to be dissuaded from their path – even if the current situation means that with only a meager point, the traditional club is in the relegation zone that Baumgart had already mentioned in advance (“If you have one point after four games, it’s a relegation battle – that’s my opinion “I’m in it with my team”). But Selke, among others, called for calm. “We are staying true to our path,” affirmed the attacker. After all, FC can be happy to have Baumgart and this playing philosophy.

And in itself a 2:2 would have been absolutely deserved considering the whole game. But the jokers Steffen Tigges (save by Jiri Pavlenka) and Damion Downs (19, Bundesliga debut) missed – the latter failed to hit the post.

2023-09-23 19:37:00
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