Arminia Bielefeld before the relegation: “Rabbit in front of the snake” in free fall

Status: 05/29/2023 09:38 am

Arminia Bielefeld experienced a rude awakening in the second division thriller about staying up. The clear bankruptcy and above all the tried but bloodless appearance of the eleven in Magdeburg feared a free fall in league three.

Coach Uwe Koschinat was at a loss after the 0: 4 (0: 2) at 1. FC Magdeburg: “I didn’t expect the team to be so unstable, it didn’t indicate anything. We lost access after ten minutes, we couldn’t do anything We were like rabbits in front of a snake today,” said the coach after the sobering game.

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Arminia, who were under pressure to win, were already well behind at the break after goals were conceded by Amara Conde (38th) and Baris Atik (45th, penalty kick). Again Conde (51st) and Jason Ceka (67th) even increased against Bielefeld, who disappointed in front of 2,500 fans who traveled along the whole line.

Bielefeld thus meets in the relegation on the third division SV Wehen Wiesbaden. Arminia have to play away first on Friday, the decision will be made four days later at the Bielefelder Alm. Bielefeld last played third-rate in the 2014/2015 season.

Disappointed toilets “totally empty”

Now there is great concern in East Westphalia that the free fall into the 3rd division will continue. “I expected a lot, but not that. I’m totally empty,” said storm veteran Fabian Klos after the game. “I would have wished it had been different and I was also convinced that things would be different. It’s one of the toughest days of my football career, I have to digest that first.”

Memories of Darmstadt are awakened

Now the relegation against SV Wehen Wiesbaden is coming up. The DSC striker will certainly be reminded of another “bitter day” in his career. In the last second division relegation with Bielefeld participation, Arminia had won 3:1 under coach Norbert Meier at the then third division team Darmstadt 98 in 2014, only to then have to be relegated after a dramatic 2:4 after extra time.

Fabian Klos 2014 in the bitter relegation second leg against Darmstadt.

Klos is the only player from the current squad who had to swallow the bitter relegation pill back then. At that time, today’s assistant coach Sebastian Hille and Tom Schütz, assistant coach of Arminia’s U17s, who recently celebrated the German championship, were also on the pitch.

The trauma from that game still lingers in many people around the club. The shaky legs with which East Westphalia presented themselves in Magdeburg also got in the way of Arminen in the second leg against Darmstadt.

Only Sandhausen conceded more goals

Speaking of Darmstadt: With 50 goals scored, the Bielefeld team scored just as many goals this year as the second-placed and Bundesliga promoted team from Hesse. But with 62 goals conceded, the DSC has the second worst value in the league, only bottom player Sandhausen conceded one more goal.

In Magdeburg, however, not only the defense showed the usual weaknesses. This time, the Arminen were absolutely harmless on the offensive. In the first half, Magdeburg’s goalkeeping debutant Noah Ruth didn’t have to endure a serious situation.

Koschinat must stop the downtrend

Coach Uwe Koschinat, who only took over the team from Daniel Scherning in March, now has to find a solution to stop his team’s downward trend. Of the last eight games, Arminia only won the away game in Kaiserslautern.

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The Bielefeld side have not won one of their last five home games – the last home win was on March 11, when they beat Darmstadt 3-1. It was the first game under Koschinat, the coach has to shake up the positive spirits of this game somehow. A mammoth task after the sobering 0:4 in Magdeburg.