FCA needs stability: Vogt is a candidate

After the botched start of the season with only one point from three games, Augsburg manager Stefan Reuter is trying to get more reinforcements shortly before the end of the transfer. One candidate is Hoffenheim’s Kevin Vogt, but a transfer should be difficult to realize.

He is a candidate in Augsburg: Hoffenheim’s Kevin Vogt.

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As in the 4-0 draw against Hoffenheim, FC Augsburg conceded four goals in the second home game of the season. With only one point and only one goal of their own in eight goals conceded, Augsburg go into the international break as penultimate. For the 1: 4 defeat against Leverkusen, which the FCA had initiated with two own goals, from Reuter’s point of view, the dropouts on the defensive were decisive.

“You can’t make so many mistakes against a team like that,” said the manager. “We scored the goals ourselves and did not do well in defensive behavior. The rest of the defense was not ideal, we did not go into the duels consistently. We do not have a yellow card, that is really crazy in a game like this,” summarized Reuter.

You won’t get any more chances against Leverkusen.

FCA-Manager Stefan Reuter

On the offensive, the FCA had more opportunities than in the previous games, but they remained unused except for a punt from Florian Niederlechner, which was preceded by a big mistake by Leverkusen’s Mitchell Bakker. There was a lack of precision and calm in front of the goal. “You won’t get more chances against Leverkusen. There was a bit of a lack of determination in the end,” criticized Reuter.

Transfers? “We will be very awake”

The 54-year-old is trying to get more reinforcements shortly before the transfer closes. The first three games showed the need: There is a lot of room for improvement both in terms of stability and in terms of the danger of goals. “We’ll be very awake and try to maybe implement something,” says Reuter.

One candidate is Hoffenheim’s Kevin Vogt. FCA is trying to bring the 29-year-old back to Augsburg, where he played from 2012 to 2014 and was a fixture under Markus Weinzierl as eighth in midfield. Vogt is currently a regular in Hoffenheim’s defense, his contract runs until 2022. A transfer is likely to be difficult for the FCA. But the experienced Reuter knows: “In the last days of the transfer window, crazy things sometimes happen.”

Offensive transfer not excluded

In attack, Reuter counts on the return of the injured Alfred Finnbogason (against Leverkusen for the first time in the squad) and Sergio Cordova: “We get quality from our own ranks on the offensive. The coach will have more options after the international break.” However, a short-term transfer cannot be ruled out. “Sometimes there is an option on the last day that works,” says Reuter, “maybe you have to work on creative solutions”. Because of the corona crisis, the funds are limited at the FCA, but “we have a bit of leeway,” assures Reuter.

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