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There is a mega showdown in the table basement: relegation, relegation, rescue – anything is still possible for 1. FC Köln on matchday 34 against Schalke 04 (Saturday, May 22nd, 3:30 p.m.). The billy goats have to hope for help from arch rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach!

  • 1. FC Köln needs to win against Schalke 04 to stay in the league
  • Friedhelm Funkel promises more offensive power
  • 1. FC Köln hopes for help from Borussia Mönchengladbach

The tension is almost unbearable. Cologne (30 points, 33:60 goals) remains in 17th place after the 0-0 at Hertha BSC, but has Werder Bremen (31 points, 34:53 goals) and Arminia Bielefeld (32 points, 24:52 goals) in Visor.

1. FC Köln: Relegation, relegation or relegation?

Sports boss Horst Heldt (51) says: “Now we have a final next week. It’s about three teams: Bielefeld, Bremen and us. We have to see that we win the game at home and then we have to wait. “

The big FC hope: beat Schalke, jump to 15th place and celebrate the direct relegation! With help from the Lower Rhine …

The calculation is simple: If FC scores three points against Schalke, Bielefeld (in Stuttgart) and Bremen (against Gladbach) would also have to win to stay ahead of Cologne.

Friedhelm Funkel: “You are allowed to keep your fingers crossed for Borussia Mönchengladbach”

Coach Friedhelm Funkel (67): “I think next week it will be allowed to keep your fingers crossed for Borussia Mönchengladbach. I wish Marco Rose a farewell victory in Bremen. That is not entirely selfless, I am happy to admit that. “

Friedhelm Funkel (r.) And Marco Rose on March 11, 2020 in Borussia-Park

If one of the competitors does not win, the billy goats go into relegation. Patzen even both, if the FC were saved with a three against Schalke directly.

In order not to jeopardize this scenario, Funkel refrained from taking the full risk in the final phase in Berlin and was satisfied with the 0-0 win: “The point we scored means that the pressure on the others is much greater. You have to win if we should win. ”It remains to be seen whether the tactic will work.

1. FC Köln shouldn’t underestimate Schalke 04

With Schalke at the bottom, FC have the easiest opponent on paper. But: The Gelsenkircheners have proven with the 4: 3 against Eintracht Frankfurt that they haven’t checked off the season yet. And coach Dimitrios Grammozis (42) urgently needs further arguments against the doubters in the club.

“We can handle the pressure. What matters is not what was Saturday, but what is next week, “says Funkel and makes it clear:” I don’t normally like this expression, but here it applies 100 percent: We have to win to stay in the league. There’s no way around it.”

Horst Heldt and Friedhelm Funkel at Hertha BSC against 1. FC Cologne

Trainer Friedhelm Funkel with assistant André Pawlak and sports boss Horst Heldt (from right) on Saturday (May 15, 2021) in the Berlin Olympic Stadium

In return, the FC coach promises a lot more courage and offensive power than in Berlin: “We don’t want to look first, we want to show from the first second that we want to win the game.”

FC veteran Timo Horn (28) appeals to everyone: “We have a responsibility to give everything for this club to the end and to get the three points against Schalke. And of course a little help would be great too. “

Friedhelm Funkel: Competition from 1. FC Köln has tough games

Schützenhilfe, which Cologne refused a year ago. As a reminder: On the 34th matchday of last season, FC were shot down with 1: 6 in Bremen. Werder jumped ahead of Fortuna Düsseldorf and saved themselves via relegation.

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Funkel hopes: “It may well be that the team will move up to 17th place, as Bremen did. Because our competition has very difficult games. Gladbach and Stuttgart can still reach seventh place, they will give 100 percent gas. ”Seventh place entitles them to participate in the newly created Conference League.

Sports boss Heldt promises: “We will win and then stay in!”

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