Meeting before Bremen: How Maassen launched FCA

FC Augsburg will say goodbye to the underside of the Bundesliga desk for now. Mainly as a result of intense assembly.

Success with a brand new, outdated orientation: FCA coach Enrico Maassen.
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Before the season, Augsburg soccer membership gamers and officers spoke enthusiastically about new coach Enrico Maassen and his concept of ​​soccer. FCA, an inexperienced coach within the Bundesliga, needed to show the long-term soccer of holding the ball, establishing sport selections. This labored to a restricted extent with 4 defeats of their opening 5 league video games; Augsburg created too few possibilities, they have been too uninspired, their play regarded too gradual.

After a 0:2 loss towards Hertha BSC on Matchday 5, the teaching employees sat down and thought of a change. A return to the again 4, plus a powerful assault with a twin focus (Ermedin Demirovic and Mergim Berisha) and two nominal forwards on the flanks (Andre Hahn and Florian Niederlechner). “Isn’t {that a} bit insulting?” Maassen requested his teammates, however he nonetheless used the brand new formation in Bremen efficiently.

September’s FCA video games and what’s subsequent

FCA modified not solely the system, but in addition the way in which they performed before the 1-0 away win. “We stated we need to work on the straight balls, the slant balls behind the tip line. We need to go for the second ball. And we need to preserve the strain excessive.” In quick: Augsburg should do what Augsburg has virtually all the time accomplished in eleven years within the Bundesliga: “robust, disgusting, as a staff,” as Andre Hahn summed it up.

If you play with 4 strikers in Bremen and right this moment, you must have actually huge balls.

This new, outdated strategy led to success towards Bayern, though Bayern left various high gamers behind. “Enno confirmed that he has huge balls,” stated goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz. “If you play with 4 strikers in Bremen and right this moment, you must have actually huge balls. 70 p.c of coaches need to be low towards Bayern and park the bus for 90 minutes.” In the final assembly before the conflict with FCB, Maassen advised his staff: “It does not matter if we lose the sport 4-0 or 5-0. But we’ve got an opportunity to win the sport. We have it. It’s made.”

Khan: ‘Play the way in which the followers need to see us play’

FCA has gone again to fundamentals and out of the basement of the desk. Last 12 months’s fourteenth place end with 9 factors from seven video games is at the moment eleventh, 4 factors above the relegation zone for now. “We play with quite a lot of ardour, quite a lot of battle and coronary heart,” says Khan. “The manner the followers need to see us – and that is what Augsburg has to appear to be to remain within the league.”

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