Only one club has fewer points than Fortuna after five match days: Aue at the bottom with 3 points.
And that’s exactly where Düsseldorf (12th place, 4 points) with coach Christian Preußer (37) has to go after the international break on September 12th. Even the last place threatens …
So that Fortuna doesn’t crash completely – THIS has to do better:
► Defend flanks
At 1: 3 at Schalke, several crosses sailed into the penalty area. Above all, the two full-backs Matthias Zimmermann (29) and Leo Koutris (26) have to defend better.
► Defensive mistake
The until then very solid central defenders Klarer and Nedelcu failed at Schalke. Even a seasoned professional like Prib too often affords dropouts as a six. The error rate has to drop drastically. With only 491 duels won, Fortuna is only 15th in the league.
► Flanks have to arrive
Fortuna hits by far the most crosses in the opponent’s penalty area (104 so far). Too few arrive at Hennings & Co. in the storm center … ..
► More ideas from midfield
Whether defensive or offensive midfield. There is still a lot of room for improvement. On the six, hopes rest on the return of Sobottka (adductor problems). The Japanese duo Tanaka / Appelkamp should actually organize the game forward. But both still have training deficits after participating in the Olympic and U21 European Championships.
Preusser recognized the problems and is now trying to remedy them as soon as possible.
The team goes along with it. But what happens if there is another bankruptcy in Aue …?