Goalkeeper raphael schafer not only gave the 1. FC nurnberg one point held. The keeper may also have saved his coach michael wiesinger’s job for the time being.
The club coach talked after the 1:1 at the previously pointless climber eintracht braunschweig nothing already. "Thanks to raphael’s outstanding performance, this was a happy point, but also a very important one," emphasized wiesinger. "We really wanted to take something with us," he added.
The franconians took home a point, but are still waiting for their first win of the season in the fubball bundesliga after five games. This does not meet the expectations of the club’s management, which has not been very squeamish when it comes to dismissing coaches in the past. And on saturday comes the five-time victorious table leader borussia dortmund to nurnberg. Not a good outlook for wiesinger, even if manager martin bader assured: "he is doing a good job. We will keep calm."
There was little sign of good work from the nurnberg pros. "We have too many people who run after their form. That hurts us as a team," goalkeeper schafer criticized his front men on sky tv. Wiesinger had reacted to the poor start to the season with personnel changes. Slovak robert mak was absent for disciplinary reasons, japanese makato hasebe made his debut, and czech adam hlousek scored the 1-0 in the 28th minute on his return after almost a year and a half out of action. Minute.
But there was not much more. "We had zero relief," said wiesinger about braunschweig’s constant pressure in the second half. That only omar ellabdellaoui (70.) overcame the bravado of schafer, barely stunned eintracht fans. They celebrated the first point in the bundesliga in 28 years and 106 days almost as euphorically as if they had already secured their place in the league.
Despite a courageous performance, coach torsten lieberknecht’s team is still a long way from achieving this goal. "The potential is there. What we have shown must now become standard," explained captain deniz dogan with a view to friday’s match in monchengladbach. Lieberknecht commented on the end of the frustrating series of defeats with a mixture of satisfaction and a little disillusionment: "three payers had been in it, but raphael schafer sensationally defused many opportunities."