FC St. Pauli lost 3-0 in Kiel. The result is mainly a product of Kiel’s efficiency in the first half, while FCSP showed exactly the opposite. The very good football year 2021 will be a little dampener in the end. But it’s probably the right time. For the winter break should not be used for dreaming, but for working.
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Let’s make it a little shorter today than usual with the analysis. We can too, because the match itself was relatively short, because it was actually decided after 45 minutes.
FC St. Pauli started unchanged compared to the match in Düsseldorf. Holstein Kiel, on the other hand, made some personnel changes: Hauke Wahl was absent. advanced for him Simon Lorenz in the central defense. come aswell Jonas Sterner for left-back Mikkel Kirkeskov. However, this change was not true to position and it was the biggest problem for FC St. Pauli. A 3-5-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Holstein Kiel. A formation that FCSP had problems with against Düsseldorf and also against Schalke, after the approach behavior had been adjusted there (Werder Bremen also acted in the same way against FCSP). All these matches have in common that FC St. Pauli could not really play their own match there. This is also the case in Kiel.
3-5-2 = kryptonite?
It showed once again what problems FC St. Pauli has: When the opponent runs high and at the same time acts man-oriented in midfield. Holstein Kiel showed exactly that, put the whole midfield diamond on the chain. In addition, the wing defenders ran Leart Paqarada and Luca Zander consistently high (which usually was the most Paqarada that got started when FCSP built up from the left). So there was always some time and some space and few allusions to Paqarada. The solution was actually obvious: James Lawrence and Philipp Ziereis had no resistance pressure at all when Fin Bartels snuck around Eric Smith and Benedikt Pichler was the only striker covering only the central area. But Lawrence (Ziereis usually did not try) had few passes, but was often able to dribble. He played many diagonal passes, but all landed on the opponent. Quite unusual for Lawrence and definitely one of the key issues in FC St. The Pauli game. It was probably a mix of Kiel’s good preparation for the diagonal balls, but it also seemed as if Lawrence had something of a problem playing accurate balls.
FC St. Pauli looked for solutions throughout the first half to annoy Kiel. It even went so far that Daniel-Kofi Kyereh fell backwards to escape Holtby’s guard. And conversely, Leart Paqarada temporarily pushed into Burgstaller and Matanovic’s line to create space. Much has been tried in our own construction game, but very little has succeeded.
The solutions that FC St. Pauli found in other games? Simon Makienok came on as a substitute against Werder Bremen in the second half and was played for a long time. When Makienok was not in the squad, it was not possible. Against Düsseldorf worked a bit in their own development game for a long time. It was only when Marcel Hartel moved to the flank quite often that Düsseldorf switched to a 4-1-4-1, opening up so many opportunities for FCSP. Schalke 04 initially refrained from putting pressure on the defenders in their match against FCSP, in contrast to Kiel, who gave FC St. Pauli much more time to build the game up. FC St. Pauli found no solutions against Kiel.
Coin flip – In favor of Holstein Kiel
The dark cloak of the second half certainly obscures what happened in the first half. Although the FCSP’s build-up game did not really work, the game then switched to a fairly balanced match for the second ball and many changing moments. FC St. Pauli created more chances than Kiel (chance is not the same as a shot on goal; there were often situations where the last pass did not reach), had good opportunities to first take the lead, then equalize and then score the goal. Instead, it was 0: 3 seen from FC St. Pauli’s point of view in the dressing room. Because Holstein Kiel was brutally effective with their options. The preliminary report read that Kiel is an underachiever who catches more goals than necessary and scores less than possible. In the match against FCSP, they showed exactly the opposite.
How to rate FC St. Pauli’s game in the first half: We all saw that there were problems. But it is a very high standard that we have now. Because FC St. Pauli could not cope with the build-up game, but even more so with the switch game. Only with the last passes or the shots did not fit. What has always worked in the last few weeks and months, such as an early goal or the icy exploitation of opportunities that arise, it did not work against Kiel.
There were also a couple of duels that did not really succeed from FCSP’s point of view: Igor Matanović, for example, was completely boiled down by opponent Phil Neumann and his tough playing style. Daniel-Kofi Kyereh had to realize that it is no longer enough to field the six opponents when it comes to technically skilled players like Lewis Holtby. Luca Zander had to realize that there are faster players than him in the league (e.g. Fabian Reese). Marcel Hartel is having a great game – if anything the pouring rain seemed to be spurring him on! So uncomfortable that in the 2nd half, the physically stronger Jackson Irvine played on the side. There were many small duels on the field, almost all of which went to Kiel. And the longer the game lasted, the clearer it became.
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