Griesbeck’s role: more clear-cut than pacemaker

The 2-0 home defeat against Wolfsburg also turned into a kind of debut ball for SpVgg Greuther Fürth: four newcomers, three of them only signed on the last day of the transfer period, appointed coach Stefan Leitl directly to the starting line-up – including sixth Sebastian Griesbeck.

Played through against Wolfsburg: Fürth newcomer Sebastian Griesbeck.

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Just two days after his signing from 1. FC Union Berlin, Sebastian Griesbeck was in the starting line-up, in the friendly against Jahn Regensburg. “With Sebastian it was clear to us that his way of playing football would give us stability in the center,” said Stefan Leitl after the 2-1 win over the league leaders. Griesbeck’s 45-minute appearance and his training performance during the break in the league convinced Fürth’s head coach to offer the 30-year-old against VfL Wolfsburg from the start – and this time to leave the six on the pitch for the full game.

Leitl: Griesbeck has “a lot of activity against the ball”

“In my opinion, Sebastian Griesbeck played a very good game,” said Leitl, who praised the defensive midfielder after the 2-0 draw against Wolves, who has now made 26 Bundesliga matches (zero goals) and 184 second division matches (nine goals). “He gives us a lot of momentum in front of the defense and is someone who can constantly catch up and is very active against the ball.”

In fact, the Ulm-born convinced against the front runner of the Bundesliga with commitment and running workload (11.18 kilometers) – in terms of ball contacts (34), passes played (23) and duels (41 percent), the newcomer, who is tied to the cloverleaf until 2023, has still room for improvement. While Anton Stach from New Mainz did a lot in the Fürth promotion season as a sixth player, above all for building up the play of the Franks, Griesbeck should not give the clock or the conductor before the defense, but one thing above all: his physique (1.91 meters , 86 kilos) and ensure stability as a clearer.

Leitl’s indirect criticism

His performance (kicker rating 4.5) on Saturday in the competitive debut in the football association’s jersey also diminished Griesbeck’s contribution to the creation of both goals. Even if Leitl did not mention Fürth’s new signing with the shirt number 22 by name, the midfielder was able to feel addressed by the words of his coach: “In the run-up to the 0-1 you can or must defend it better: We have the opportunity to hit the first ball directly clarify, so to beat him out of the danger zone and not go into dribbling. ” But because Griesbeck did just that, he lost the ball, which was wriggling in the Fürth goal net a little later, directly back to Josuha Guilavogui. In stoppage time he also got Luca Waldschmidt off his feet in the penalty area and caused the penalty to make it 2-0.

The euphoria is still there.

“We are not satisfied with the result, but with the performance”, judged the former Heidenheimer (2013 to 2020), because Fürth did not show an offensive improvement, but defensively presented itself much more stable and compact than in the previous season games. A progress that the fans of the Bundesliga promoted team honored with applause after the end of the game. Despite only having one counter out of four games, Griesbeck is certain: “The euphoria is still there.” How will it work to score again after the defeats in Mainz (0: 3) and against Wolfsburg? “We have to adhere to the fact that we are superior to the other teams in terms of running and fighting,” says the veteran as a route. “When we are in the lead, our good gamblers will come into their own, and then I am optimistic that it will work in the next few games. Then the points will come.”

From the perspective of the White-Greens, it’s best to do it this Friday evening (8.30 p.m., LIVE! At kicker) in Berlin, when the bottom of the table will be at Hertha BSC. When returning to the capital, the ex-Unioner (2020 to 2021) not only wants to score with his new club, but also personally as a stable clearer.

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