Koln, Bremen and Bielefeld all head into the final game of the season hoping for safety. (Photo credit: @BundesligaEn) Ever heard of beaut...
|Koln, Bremen and Bielefeld all head into the final game of the season hoping for safety. (Photo credit: @BundesligaEn)|
Ever heard of beauty in chaos? Bundesliga is winding down this weekend and as the championship was wrapped up by Bayern Munich and Schalke 04 got relegated, there’s a fight for the drop involving three teams and cameras will swing from one end to the other as things evolve on Saturday.
Arminia Bielefeld on 32 points, Weder Bremen on 31 and Koln on 30 are all battling the drop and by the time the final whistle blows on the 2020/21 season in the German Bundesliga, one of the trio will join Schalke in the second tier next season, one will face relegation playoffs and the one with the highest points will be safe.
What are the dynamics of the day? Bundesliga over the years has proven that form and history mean nothing even as the stakes are at the highest, teams still sleep on chances, it will be a hard job for the commentators but as fans nurse panic attacks, neutrals will feast on the euphoria.
Koln, the most endangered as it stands on points are at home to already relegated Schalke on the final day, while that in a way offers solace, they must remember that Frankfurt lost to Schalke last weekend against all expectations, leaving the team regarded as the “elevator” team with all to do.
VFB Stuttgart are playing at home to Bielefeld, the home side have nothing to fear or fight for outside pride and that should encourage the visitors but with so much at stake in terms of the dogfight, Bielefeld should take it personal.
Thomas Schaaf was handed the hard job of getting Bremen out of the doldrum, he spent 14 years at the club including the 03/04 title winning year and was instrumental to the rise to prominence over the years but what can he do within a week?
Bremen are at home on the final day and they play Borussia Monchengladbach, with the visitors out of Champions League and Europa contention altogether, they cannot finish above 7th at best and that can offer them Conference league qualification, does this offer Schaaf some headaches as he tries to rescue his beloved club?
As it stands the three could win and Koln will be relegated, but it could go differently and Bielefeld would go down or face playoffs, it’s in the hands of Bielefeld but not totally out of Bremen’s and Koln’s, their respective ears would be on the phone all game long but they all must do their own good with their legs to even hope on other results.