It is about three points that almost no one really expects and that are therefore so precious. With humility, but also a lot of dedication, Arminia Bielefeld worked out a strategy for the game at the record champions in Munich this week.
Will be a guest in Munich on Saturday: Arminia trainer Frank Kramer.
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“The fact that we can play for Bundesliga points in Munich is a privilege,” said Frank Kramer before his Arminia’s game at FC Bayern on Saturday (6.30pm, LIVE! At kicker), showing a good dose of humility and immediately tensing up the arc to the backdrop, which has been decimated again due to the development of the pandemic, next Saturday: “Even in front of 18,000 spectators, we want to take our chance!”
As a coach on hold, Kramer had last seen the 3: 3 of his current club in Munich in February, at that time in a completely empty Allianz Arena and still with his predecessor Uwe Neuhaus on the Bielefelder Bank. “Of course I looked at it. But we should live in the here and now: These are two completely different teams and FC Bayern have a different playing structure.”
With all due respect – it’s about three Bundesliga points, even valuable ones, because almost no one expects a yield for the Bielefeld team. Therefore, the Ostwestfalen used the units this week to rehearse the actually obvious strategy against the record champions. Kramer: “We have to stand well defensively and be very precise. We have to get the ball quickly and decisively in front of the opposing goal. That was an important part of the week.”
Bielefeld without Kruger and Czyborra
The 49-year-old is not concerned that there was a lot of theater at FCB at the same time due to corona and that well-known actors will be absent due to infection and quarantine. Instead, he focuses on the extreme advantages of the Bayern squad that still exist. “We concentrate on the players who are there. There are four world champions and nine Champions League winners …”
In contrast to the upcoming opponent, Arminia had no problems with the COVID-19 issue as of Thursday. “Of course we have tightened all the precautions again,” said sports director Samir Arabi, who also wants to apply this to the Munich team. “But the risk of infection is just very high, so maybe we’ve just had a bit of luck so far.” The DSC is missing two players for other reasons: striker Florian Krüger is still sick and is therefore staying at home. Left-back Lennart Czyborra underwent an appendectomy on Wednesday.