Cologne hangover on Rose Monday. The victory in Hoffenheim was stolen from FC in stoppage time (1:1). And now, in addition to another defensive restructuring, young star Max Finkgräfe (19) is also at risk of being out.
Cologne’s goalscorer was THE bright spot in the harmless performance in Hoffenheim. The only one who had at least taken heart and shot at goal in the first half. After the break, Cologne’s art shooter made it 1-0 (79th). His free kick was a stroke of genius. His first professional booth.
But then worry. Finkgräfe had to leave the pitch at the end with a bandaged ankle. Hobbled out in the 89th minute. He had to watch idly as Kramaric scored the next goal (1:1/90th + 4). And now even worry about his appearance against Bremen on Friday (8:30 p.m.)?
Defense chief Chabot was not there against Bremen
Worries in Cologne. Not just about Finkgräfe. Defense chief Jeff Chabot saw his 5th yellow card in Hoffenheim and is therefore suspended against Bremen. And clearer Timo Hübers was already out sick in Hoffenheim and had to be replaced by Luca Kilian
Trainer Timo Schultz (46): “It’s bitter that Jeff is out. However, it’s not quite as bitter when you see how Luca did it today – flawlessly. And I already had contact with Timo Hübers on Saturday. He was on the mend and I assume he will be fine again on Friday.”
Special praise for Finkgräfe
Schultz will hope the same for Finkgräfe. Cologne’s youngest is currently simply too important in the fight for salvation. Carefree. Wild. Ambitious. And always with the absolute will to win and decide the games. Like his genius free kick.
Schultz: “Max is in our standard group, takes the balls after every training session and plays free kicks from a variety of positions. He’s a very tidy guy who will keep his feet on the ground. He’s fun, he’s an important part and hopefully he’ll stay that way for us.”