1. FC Köln under pressure in Kiel: But with their backs to the wall, FC is best


Cologne –

1. FC Köln must win the relegation second leg at Holstein Kiel (Saturday, May 29th, 6 p.m., live on DAZN). Certainly a difficult task. The first leg bankruptcy hit Friedhelm Funkel (67) and his team in the marrow. What now gives hope? Perhaps most of all that there is hardly any hope left. Because with your back to the wall, the FC is strongest!

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1. FC Köln missed chances to stay in the league

You could have made it easy for yourself. With a home win against holiday-ready Freiburgers, for example. Or an away win in Hertha BSC’s increased regional league selection in Berlin.

But FC wouldn’t be 1. FC Köln if they hadn’t even maneuvered themselves precisely into this situation.

For the umpteenth time this season it feels like everything for FC, this time a little more. Actually, this has been going on since December 2019. Back then, in the derby against Bayer Leverkusen, Cologne had its back to the wall for the first time and saved itself with a sensational victory. This resulted in a series. When the team under Markus Gisdol (51) was saved, the air was out. There was no victory for 18 games.

1. FC Köln with a series of sensational victories

Then, in the away game at Borussia Dortmund, many expected an execution and the end of Gisdol. He took the risk, brought youngster Sava Cestic – and won sensationally.

When Cologne threatened to lose touch in the relegation race, they achieved important liberation blows with the 2-1 at Schalke and the 3-1 against Arminia Bielefeld. When the derby was won, the FC seemed saved – but the mischief was back. Without will, without a plan, the team stumbled through the next games, conceded seven defeats in nine games and slipped back towards the bottom of the table.

1. FC Köln decided the championship with victory

Once again, the swan song was sung in the area – and the team once again surprised everyone. Led by an outstanding Jonas Hector (31), 1. FC Köln beat runners-up RB Leipzig and also took three points from feared opponents Augsburg.

The door to the rescue was wide open, but then the 1: 4 against Freiburg came and the upswing was over. Against Schalke, the sparkling team was under tremendous pressure on the last match day. Again she delivered, won against Schalke 1-0.

1. FC Köln cannot use momentum

The FC could not use the momentum, forgave the good starting position in the relegation first leg. Now they are flying to Kiel, their backs to the wall again, because they have to win. “We have the will and we have the quality. It’s only halfway through, ”says coach Friedhelm Funkel. And technician Ondrej Duda (26) also says: “We were disappointed on Wednesday. But we’re good enough to beat Kiel at home. “

After all: A 1-0 would lead the FC to penalties, every further success means relegation. 1. FC Köln has their backs to the wall – but that’s where the FC professionals are usually the strongest!

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