Well, that was just another Sunday to forget. FC St. Pauli loses deservedly against Karlsruhe SC with 0-3 and is thus situated at a relegation spot during the international break. This is far from cheering us up, although, it actually felt during the last couple of weeks that the team had made some progress. But the match against KSC did first and foremost show that without certain basic virtues, there will be no successes in the second division.
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I am not particularly keen to enter into deep analyses. This wouldn’t make any sense though as the reason for this defeat was for sure not based in the wrong tactical approach but the entire lack of aggressiveness during the first half and a KSC which managed to score two goals at the exact right time. Yes, the people in charge will certainly have to deal with the fact that the opponents can easily disturb the play of FCSP by playing a fairly high pressing. This was already to “admire” against Darmstadt 98, and particularly against SV Elversberg when building-up was and remained the weak spot of the FCSP’s play.
There’s a lack of players who have the courage to play a courageous pass even when under high pressure. But the lack of courage is also due to the fact that some players have their dear troubles to deal with the demands they’re facing when building-up. The built-up play is clearly lacking some basic patterns which offer solutions to such (pressing-)situations and which can be accessed then. This might be due to the fact that both wing-backs are moving up too high and that the connection to the midfield is also missing. But to explain yesterday’s weak performance in this way is simply not enough.
The FCSP is lacking the necessary aggressiveness. It’s not true that KSC is the gold standard with regards to teams playing pressing. Yesterday, it wouldn’t have been too difficult to get behind the first line of pressing in a controlled manner. And even if that would not have worked, it would have been an option to play a long ball and to aim for the second ball then. To do that, it needs a certain aggressiveness and the necessary willingness. But this was lacking and led to the fact that FCSP was inferior during the first half.
To me personally, it is unexplainable how a team can even dare to get blamed for a lack of aggressiveness. It makes my hair stand on when I have to read sentences such as the following after a match: “Today, we lacked the conviction, both with and against the ball. We weren’t aggressive enough, this was simply too little.“ These words left the mouth of Daniel Buballa. It actually can’t be true that these basic virtues, which every team including Sandhausen, Darmstadt and KSC show in every single match, are completely lacking at FCSP. This is too little. And I actually thought that the FCSP had moved on.
These words refer to the first half only because at latest when Dittgen, Lawrence and Daschner were substituted, the FCSP got better and controlled the match from then on, they managed to create some promising situations which, however, were usually stopped with the penultimate pass. But exactly during this phase, another goal of the category “lack of defence work” was conceded. So it happened that after Schäffler, Dursun and Terodde, Philipp Hofmann was another forward of the opponents who scored against FCSP although everyone knew that particularly this type of player must be defended. That’s also too little or too much what the FCSP is offering their opponents respectively. That’s all for the match report. A lack of aggressiveness. It’s as simple as that.
Every single person cheering for the FCSP has their own way of how to deal with such defeats. A good reflection of such behaviours is Twitter. I personally hide away after such losses and niggle to myself. I consider my thoughts originating from frustration of lesser quality so that I better hide them from Twitter. But the ways of behaviour differ. Accordingly there are some persons who give free rein to their emotions. These emotions can be categorised into four different phases:
Phase 1 – To underestimate the opponent massively.
Good preparation is key. So, nobody is taken by surprise when they see the penultimate of the division’s table playing for the first time after they met last. But hey, as a fan you don’t have to be as professional. (But you’re apparently allowed to tell the people in charge that they’re utterly incompetent, as the later phases will show)
It should actually be clear that the division of the table is lying a bit more, especially at the start of the season, so that the 17th of the table is actually capable to play good football but was maybe a bit unlucky result-wise so far (without any self-advertisement, I would like to point to the pre-match report and especially to the fact that KSC isn’t by far just fair game which, however, was expected by some).
Phase 2 – Everything used to be better (or as bad)! I always knew it!
The FCSP is behind, the match isn’t running smoothly, thus, frustration kicks in. And thus, people dig in their memories and point to certain persons who did it either better (Diamantakos, EWALD!) or at least as bad (Luhukay) which is then partly framed with aspects of phase 3&4, wow!). Of course, the whole experiment went tits up now after six, however, promising and just one rubbish matches, but some knew it “from the very beginning” (But they’re not listened to!).
Phase 3 – He should fire him so that he could sack the other one. And the one who sacked the other guy should be fired as well!!!!1!11!
The score is 0-3, so it’s time for a huge shitstorm.
Goal: To blame everyone in charge that can be named. Göttlich? He seems to like it that the FCSP is playing rubbish for years now! Bornemann? Has to be sacked, so that Schultz can be fired!!! Otherwise, we’ll get relegated (Attention, what follows is an unfamiliar but special rule) in December already. The operation “to sack the director of sports, so that the manager can be fired as well” did work out pretty well with Kauczinski and Stöver once. But this would have to be done by Göttlich, who apparently enjoys that the FCSP is playing utter rubbish!!! Of course: FCSP-Twitter would be the better solution for such roles.
Phase 4 – The “Hamburg Path“
Exactly true: First they were much worse prepared for KSC than the FCSP-defence against Philipp Hofmann but now they’re leaving early. Who doesn’t know such goofs who appear to a meeting rather unprepared and too late but then also want to leave early because they still have another appointment. However, this is a well-performed practice at the just failed challenger of the town championship which is known as “Hamburg path”. And it can stay like this for sure.
So. Enough is enough. We shouldn’t query everything after yesterday’s defeat. FCSP rightfully lost yesterday, of course. But it wasn’t all bad in yesterday’s match (especially during the second half) but the same is true for the opposite for example during the match against Nuremberg or during the town championship. Yes, the defence has to be improved dramatically. This was already mentioned by Timo Schultz after the derby. But what did we expect before the season? That we’re going to easily beat every single opponent with the new compiled squad and the newly appointed team of managers by 1910:0? Of course not. We should give everyone the time necessary and gift the people in charge the trust and the credit they deserve. Thus: Clean your snouts and work on the weaknesses! But please start to work, so that we don’t have to witness again that the team is lacking the “necessary aggressiveness”.
// Tim (Translated by Arne)