These are three points that hardly anyone really expects and therefore are so precious. With humility, but also a lot of dedication, Arminia Bielefeld strategized for the game during the record champions in Munich this week.
Will be invited to Munich on Saturday: Arminia coach Frank Kramer. imago images / Jan Huebner
“The fact that we can play for Bundesliga points in Munich is a privilege,” Frank Kramer said ahead of his Arminia’s game at FC Bayern on Saturday (6.30pm, LIVE! To the kicker), showing a good dose of humility and immediately setting the Arc as a backdrop, which has again been decimated due to the evolution of the pandemic, next Saturday: “Even in front of 18,000 spectators, we want to try our luck!”
As a pending coach, Kramer last saw his current club’s 3: 3 in Munich in February, at the time in a completely empty Allianz Arena and still with his predecessor Uwe Neuhaus on Bielefelder Bank. “Of course I watched it. But we should be living here and now: they are two completely different teams and FC Bayern have a different playing structure.”
With all due respect, this is around three Bundesliga points, albeit valuable, as hardly anyone expects a return for the Bielefeld side. Therefore, the Ostwestfalen used the units this week to repeat the really obvious strategy against the record champions. Kramer: “We have to hold on well defensively and be very precise. We have to put the ball quickly and decisively in front of the opposing goal. It was an important part of the week.”
Bielefeld without Kruger and Czyborra
The 49-year-old is not concerned that there has been a lot of theater at FCB at the same time because of the crown and that well-known actors are missing due to infection and quarantine. Instead, he focuses on the extreme advantages of the Bayern squad that still exist. “We focus on the players who are there. There are four world champions and nine Champions League winners …”
Unlike his next opponent, Arminia had no problem with the COVID-19 issue on Thursday. “Of course we have tightened all the precautions again,” said sporting director Samir Arabi, who also wants to apply this to the Munich squad. “But the risk of infection is just very high, so maybe we’ve been a little lucky so far.” The DSC is missing two players for other reasons: striker Florian Krüger is still ill and therefore remains at home. Left-back Lennart Czyborra underwent an appendectomy on Wednesday.