Does Kohfeldt have to react faster?
From the mouth of a reserved-objective contemporary like Frank Baumann this judgement sounds doubly drastic. As a “pomaded” Werder’s managing director switches the appearance of his professionals at the 1:2 in Mainz to the clearly too late final offensive. Like the manager, coach Florian Kohfeldt also gave up on the mentality of his team. But what about the coach’s measures?
While Kohfeldt was able to explain the 2:6 against Leverkusen a week before in an absolutely conclusive way right after the final whistle, this time he had to admit: “If I knew why it was, I would have done something different before”. Of course, a poor attitude at times in the course of a season is human and thus practically unavoidable. But: As a reaction to the just experienced low blow against Bayer, it was quite astonishing.
For Kohfeldt, too: “The game against Leverkusen no longer played a role in people’s minds. Otherwise I would have expected that we would have been overmotivated. But that wasn’t the case.” The criticism of his players that resonates in these sentences is somewhat hidden, but quite biting. Internally, the football teacher will probably find blunt words. Because it’s obvious: Kohfeldt’s well-intentioned “strong speeches” after the debacle against Bayer gave Max Kruse and his colleagues at best a deceptive sense of security. Instead of the announced increased attention, an unprecedented phlegm could be discerned. The game in Mainz suggests: It would have been more productive to keep the shock experience of the 2:6 clap in mind a little longer…
Will Kohfeldt change soon enough?
Moreover, the question has been raised since Sunday evening as to whether Kohfeldt should also set more noticeable accents in his selection of personnel – and react more quickly in the course of the games. It was clear early on against Leverkusen at 0-1 that Marco Friedl had had a black day. Kohfeldt nevertheless left the Indisposed on the grass until the break, so as not to make the young Austrian the scapegoat. Basically honourable, but when the coach then took measures with Friedls substitution and a system change, the game was as good as decided at the score of 0:3.
Against Gladbach with two central strikers?
In Mainz, the soccer teacher changed the system from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2 with rhombus before the change of sides. The substitutions expected during the break, especially the weak Yuya Osako, followed after 0:2. In general, the 4-3-3 formation, which had been successful so far, could now be put to the test. Because: On the offensive wings, there is a lack of strong ideal formations. Osako’s performances leave little doubt that the Japanese feels more comfortable in a central role. Martin Harnik knows this anyway. The classic wingman Florian Kainz is dedicated and has the ability to take decisive individual actions. But: The Austrian currently too often makes the wrong decision in the combination game. Consequently, there is much to be said against Gladbach in favour of a system with two central strikers, whether 4-4-2 with a diamond or a 3-5-2.
Johannes Eggestein could also be built profitably into both formations. With his latest performances, the youngster is pushing his way into the starting eleven regardless of a certain position. For Kohfeldt this offers the ideal opportunity to shake up one or the other supposedly established player perceptibly.