Completely surprisingly, Augsburg can plan against Bielefeld with Sergio Cordova. Criticism from Markus Weinzierl hit FIFA.
Fortunately only has to replace one player: Markus Weinzierl.
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A few days ago, Markus Weinzierl complained that he had to rebuild his team again on Sunday against the Arminen. Especially after the FCA convinced at 1: 2 in Dortmund and had earned the coach’s trust for another game. Carlos Gruezo and Cordova, he expected, would have to replace those who were on a home mission. “We won’t play until Sunday,” said Weinzierl. “But what FIFA is doing is a disaster. With Cordova and Gruezo, they are taking two players away from us.” It is more than a shame that the two South Americans only return on Saturday evening and are unlikely to be ready for action.
Now the surprise. While Gruezo is still choosing Ecuador, at least Cordova has made his way back to Augsburg. For personal reasons, as he lets know on social media. The stresses of travel had become too great for him, and he also wanted to concentrate fully on the FCA now. The 24-year-old, who was in the starting line-up in Dortmund, may see the chance to get closer to the regular places in the absence of Florian Niederlechner (adductor surgery) and with a view to Alfred Finnbogason, who only returned to training this week (after Achilles tendon problems) to be able to play.
It is important to seize every opportunity. Also and especially now against the Arminen, to whom he was loaned from the FCA last season. Weinzierl can be more than happy to return. “He did well in Dortmund,” says the coach, who wants to score his 50th win (33 draws and 64 defeats) against Bielefeld in his 147th game for Augsburg.