From 2003 to 2004 Marcel Koller was the coach of 1. FC Cologne. Before the duel against Eintracht next Sunday, he explains to t-online how his ex-club can annoy the form-strong Frankfurters.
Football coaches analyze every week “Match plan – the Tactics Challenge” a game of the weekend. On this match day, Marcel Koller and Hannes Wolf will watch 1. FC Köln and Frankfurt Eintracht – and present their match plans to presenter Jan Henkel.
“Frankfurt has a great run. But the Cologne team recently showed against Gladbach that they are capable of winning against a higher-ranking opponent,” Koller told t-online in advance.
But can FC reproduce the success from the derby against Frankfurt? “Cologne was compact, aggressive – and above all effective against Gladbach. The key will be to use the switching situation, to play cheeky and risk-taking and to find solutions yourself,” said Koller of the billy goats’ possible solutions.
Fast short passing game and side shift
Derby hero Elvis Rexhbecaj could play a key role in this. “He played brilliantly against Gladbach and repeatedly sneaked into the back of the defense,” said Koller, analyzing the performance of the loan player from VfL Wolfsburg.
One thing will be particularly important defensively: Precision. “Freeing yourself with a quick short passing game and then shifting your side with a long ball could be an important means of avoiding the Frankfurt pressing,” said the 60-year-old, who was FC coach for almost eight months from 2003 to 2004 and is still associated with the club today. “I follow all of my ex-teams and I still have very good friends there from my days in Cologne, with whom I maintain a good exchange.”
The start of the season was difficult, but they have improved in the last few games and are now acting with more self-confidence. This team needs victories. I hope they get the boost the Gladbach game and can keep the upward trend.
The n they should be able to stay up. ”
The relationship is a little closer. In the best case, Cologne will keep the class and VfL will rise anyway. “
How Hannes Wolf sees Eintracht from Frankfurt and what Marcel Kolller still has to say about FC, you can see in the “Matchplan” every Thursday at 7 pm live on free TV on Sky Sport News and in the free live stream on skysport.de. Repetitions of the program can be seen on Friday at 8 p.m. and on Saturday at 8 a.m.
Each episode is also available on demand to Sky customers with Sky Q, on skysport.de and in the Sky Sport app.