For Kickers Offenbach’s games against top teams this season in the Southwest Football Regionalliga always ends according to the same pattern: There is no victory for the OFC, but a dismissal. Coach Angelo Barletta is pissed off, especially since he is repeatedly forced to make changes.
Ulm – Angelo Barletta feels it is “brutal”. The coach of the regional soccer division Kickers Offenbach is less concerned with the first defeat of the season (“It was clear that we would get caught someday”), but the fact that his team received the third expulsion in the eighth game. In the 0: 1 (0: 0) defeat at SSV Ulm in 1846, of all people, the former Ulm Luigi Campagna, who saw yellow-red after repeated fouls (72nd). Outnumbered, the Kickers then had to accept the decisive goal and Barletta is forced to make personnel changes again before the home game on Tuesday (7 p.m.) against FC Gießen.
That makes it difficult for the team to get used to it, of course. In Ulm it became clear again that this is exactly what is still lacking. The Offenbachers’ individual class is sufficient against teams with a lower rating. In the three duels with top teams, however, the OFC never emerged victorious – also because it was precisely in these games that it weakened itself.
Against Steinbach (1: 1) and Freiburg (2: 2), who were both leaders at the time, it was only enough to score one point despite being in the lead, with co-favorites Ulm (0: 1) it was the first defeat of the season. Overall, the Kickers only got two points from these three duels, but with a little more discipline and cleverness it could have been seven. “By often decimating, we deprive ourselves of our wages. And we have to keep changing, ”said Barletta, who once again pointed out this problem to the players at the weekend.
The OFC played a strong first half against Steinbach, deservedly led at the break, but then missed the start of the second half and received a dismissal (red for Marcos) after the equalizer. In Freiburg, the Kickers could have been clearly behind at the break, but were effectively on the offensive. After a yellow-red for Tuma and a big chance that had been missed, the 2: 2 fell. In Ulm the OFC was now under a lot of pressure at the back, for the first time this season there was next to nothing at the front and then Campagna was also thrown off the field. “He doesn’t have to go there like that,” said Barletta about the action that ultimately led to yellow-red.
The coach had spoken to the warned players (Campagna and Karbstein) during the half-time break and told them “that I will be sent off because they will then be asked why I have not been substituted”. Although Karbstein played numerous bad passes (“Barletta;” He had done well up to this game and is still very young. I will admit that he played a bad game “), but behaved cleverly in a duel. In contrast to Campagna.
“We are unnecessarily outnumbered. Individual things harmed us, “criticized striker Mathias Fetsch, but also made it clear:” It shouldn’t have been decisive. Overall, it wasn’t a good game for us. Ulm did a decent job, but not extremely well. “
Fetsch confessed that he drove home “with a bad feeling” and recommended: “Check it off quickly and analyze it.” But there is not much time left for this. The next game is already on Tuesday. Without Campagna. After he was sent off in Ulm, Kickers trainer Tim Dierßen came on as a substitute. As in the first half against Alzenau, he was supposed to take over the defensive part in front of the three-way defense with Tunay Deniz. Since Marcos is available again after a suspension against Giessen, a return to the four-man defensive chain would also be possible. Marco Fritscher, who made a decent debut as a substitute in Ulm, is on the right for this.
With Gießen, VfB Stuttgart II, Schott Mainz, Stadtallendorf and Kassel, opponents who are behind him in the table are waiting for the OFC in the next five games without exception. “We have to win against everyone anyway, but we can’t think in blocks,” Barletta emphasizes. Especially not when his players keep forcing him to make changes. (By Christian Düncher)
Campagna has to pay into the team budget
Kickers Offenbach’s midfielder Luigi Campagna has apologized for the yellow-red card that he received in the game at his former club SSV Ulm in 1846. “I’m sorry that I had to leave my team on the field,” wrote the 30-year-old on Instagram. He still has to pay something into the team budget. “He knew about the situation,” said coach Angelo Barletta. Campagna doesn’t want to change his style of play after only being sent off for the second time in his career: “I can’t say that something like this won’t happen anymore. I will always fight for my team on the pitch and give everything to lead the OFC back on the road to success. “