After the false start, VfL Bochum would like to get back on the road to success. To do this, the Bundesliga club needs to improve considerably in some areas.
Behind the VfL Bochum lie turbulent weeks. The first was the separation from the climbing coach Tommaso Reis confirmed after six losses in a row, then the U19 coach took over Heiko butcher took over as interim coach and scored the first point with Bochum in 1-1 against 1. FC Köln. September 22 was Thomas Letsch officially presented as the new coach.
With the away match at RB Leipzig, the 54-year-old made his debut on the coaching bench and the first failed. The bottom of the table had no chance with the Champions League participants and fell by 0: 4. In the next week, the VfL want to play at home against Eintracht Frankfurt (October 8, 12:30) show the right reaction. To do this, the new man on the sideline and his team have to make some changes (Those: bundesliga.com):
on foot: VfL Bochum players covered 885.4 kilometers in their first eight games. This is the 17th place compared to other Bundesliga teams. For the classification: Union Berlin, Bundesliga leaders, has already covered almost 950 kilometers.
Intense runs: Even in these statistics the Bundesliga team is only in 17th place (4976) – only Borussia Mönchengladbach have played less intense series than VfL (4810). In first place is VfL Wolfsburg (6041), followed by FC Bayern Munich (5756).
Sprint: VfL is also at the bottom of the table here – only 16th place! So far, players have done 1640 sprints. Rival Borussia Dortmund leads with 2048 sprints. Bochum’s competitors in the relegation battle are all placed ahead of the VfL.
Duels won: In this important statistic, Bochum – along with Borussia Mönchengladbach – is only in 16th place. VfL players have won 753 duels so far, not a good value in a league match. Record-breaking champions Bayern Munich, 1. FC Köln, Borussia Dortmund, VfB Stuttgart and leaders Union Berlin are in the top five.
Upon closer inspection, it was already clear before the season that VfL would have far more difficulties after the starts of Milos Pantovic, Armel Bella-Kotchap, Sebastian Polter, Maxim Leitsch and Elvis Rexhbecaj than in the first year after promotion. Nonetheless: Bochum too often lost basic virtues in previous season’s matches. There must be a new coach Lettuce Start. Because only with the fight, the will to run and a high intensity the Revierklub has a chance to stay in the championship.