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Bundesliga: The League of Pressing Gentlemen - Sport


Rapid counterattack, rapid destruction: These scenes will shape the Bundesliga season. Ralf Rangnick left his legacy.

It took a sting in midfield and a pass on Friday night, and almost the 1. FC Cologne would have been 2-0 lead against the big favorite Borussia Dortmund, in retrospect, it was therefore perhaps a crucial scene, which is just after the Halftime pause took place. Kingsley Ehizibue fought the ball against Dortmund's Julian Weigl, Dominick Drexler fit Jhon Cordoba for a quick solo, as fast as the flanked. But because the BVB defender Manuel Akanji still faked the ball, the ready-to-shoot Anthony Modeste did not hit behind him, the Dortmund won 3-1.

The described was of course not the only scene in which the Cologne came with Karacho in front of the BVB goal - in the spirit of their coach Achim Beierlorzer, who relies on this style for years. Waiting is always wrong for him, after a nimble ball win and attacking fast always correct. In the past week he saw his football even in the ideal form and up close with the decisive goal - only stupid on the wrong side of the field: The Wolfsburg Xaver Schlager had won the ball against Drexler, swiftly switched and forwarded him to scorer Wout Weghorst.

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The scenes of rapid destruction and rapid counterattacks, so much can be said after two matchdays, will determine this season. Because the Bundesliga is currently experiencing a renaissance of pressing gentlemen. Ball enthusiasts had to end their activity in the summer. Almost all of the eight coaches who gave their Bundesliga premiere a week ago, on the other hand, swear by the football of hunting and ball picking, which in recent years has shaped RB Salzburg and RB Leipzig in Germany, but which has also spread to other countries and so has noticeably accelerated European football in a few years.

Even Bayern have emancipated from pure ball possession football

The debutants Glasner (Salzburg) and Beierlorzer (Leipzig) once worked at the Red Bull locations - under the father of the concept coach, Ralf Rangnick. With Rangnick tinkered from the Bundesliga even David Wagner, Julian Nagelsmann (both still in Hoffenheim), Adi Hütter and Marco Rose (respectively Salzburg). And Hoffenheim's new coach Alfred Schreuder was until a year and a half ago assistant coach of Nagelsmann, only to then hire as an assistant coach at Ajax Amsterdam and move there with the same football in the semifinals of the Champions League.

Even though Rangnick himself left the league in the summer following his involvement as Leipzig coach, he left behind his legacy of rapid football. How much, you can tell, that even the iron ball owner supporters and national coach Joachim Loew in personal union meanwhile prefer to switch quickly as the ball for the sake of possession of the ball own.

Now other clubs want to benefit from Rangnick's idea. Your problem could only be that so quickly threatening monotony. How much imperfect pressing and counter pressing can paralyze a match was shown on the first match day by the teams Rose (Gladbach) and Wagner (Schalke) in a direct duel - that was barren smattering that delighted destructivists rather than football art for lovers on Saturday night. The game evidently lacked an individual who manages to break out of the rigid systems.

However, if that succeeds as it does (obviously financially superior) Salzburg in Austria, then it should still be an extremely fast-paced season in the Bundesliga. It has meanwhile also emancipated the FC Bayern under his current coach Niko Kovac from pure ball possession football and increasingly relies on nimble counterattack - although he still has his problems at the European level and in his self-image, as the Champions League in the Eighth round against Liverpool in March showed. But maybe that is also in the sense of concept father: In the Champions League Rangnicks teams almost always left early.

Bundesliga live presentation in the 57th minute

Live presentation in the 57th minute

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