Deep in the basement: After the fuss about coach Thomas Reis, VfL Bochum lost 2-0 to Werder Bremen. So the winning streak of Bochum continues.
Thomas Reis followed the last few minutes with his hands in his pockets and kept shaking his head. After the final whistle, the VfL Bochum coach, who was chasing negative Bundesliga records and producing negative headlines after five matchdays, quickly disappeared into the dressing room. Due to the 0: 2 (0: 0) against Werder Bremen, the Westphalia are bottom of the table without a point – only two clubs have been worse so far.
“The fans have told us that they have our backs, we need this support in our situation where nothing is going for us,” said VfL captain Anthony Losilla on Sky. The rumors about Reis’s Schalke flirt didn’t affect him, the Frenchman continued: “We keep our focus on what’s happening on the pitch and try to stay positive, the rest is not our business.”
Staying positive is not easy, only Karlsruher SC 1963 and 1. FC Köln 2017 were worse off in the Bundesliga after the fifth matchday than VfL, who have zero points and 3:15 goals. Returnees Werder, on the other hand, are on target with eight points from five games in midfield after Niclas Füllkrug’s brace (86’/90′ + 2′, penalty kick).
Reis, who denied any talks with Schalke on Thursday, was greeted with applause. Instead of verbal attacks against the promotion coach, who also managed to stay up in the league, there were abusive songs against the neighbors from Gelsenkirchen, who will be the next opponent next Saturday (6:30 p.m.).
VfL Bochum: Events interest Reis “a wet”
Even if nobody at VfL wanted to speak of an ultimatum, the 48-year-old was under enormous pressure for the first time as Bochum coach. Reis himself had said that what happened after the game interested him “a little”.
Takuma Asano tested Werder goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka after just 44 seconds, a minute later Kevin Stöger narrowly missed the far corner with a flick. The guests, who had previously conceded ten goals, needed a good 20 minutes to get into the game.
After a failed defensive action by Bochum, Füllkrug suddenly appeared alone in front of the goal, but was denied by goalkeeper Manuel Riemann (22′). His strike partner Marvin Ducksch couldn’t get past the VfL goalkeeper either (26′). Werder became more and more dominant, combined fluidly.
Bremen were unlucky when Niklas Schmidt hit the post with a free kick from almost 30 meters (41′). On the other side, Philipp Förster failed at Pavlenka (44th).
Even after the change of sides, Werder remained determined. Bochum tried to fight back with fighting means – still tirelessly cheered on by 25,000 fans, who already cheered when Simon Zoller (62nd) and Losilla (70th) had chances.
It got really loud in the 81st minute, but substitute Philipp Hofmann handed the ball over the line. Shortly thereafter, Werder struck.
VfL Bochum – SV Werder Bremen: The coach voices
Thomas Reis (coach VfL Bochum): “It’s very, very bitter again. I saw a team that fought self-sacrificingly, was wide awake from the first minute. We did really well in the second half too. Then you score a goal that’s disallowed for handball that’s very annoying. Unfortunately, we’re without points again. Now we’re moving on, it won’t be easy to get the players up.
Ole Werner (Werder Bremen coach): “It was a very turbulent game with the better end for us. We did really well after the first ten minutes but didn’t manage to take the lead. Bochum had more of the game than us in the second half, we’re not came into our game like that, but then they have that little bit of luck that you need. As we defended, that’s a clear improvement in performance.”
VfL Bochum – SV Werder Bremen: The data for the game