The German Bundesliga started playing again on Saturday after a Corona-related break of several weeks.
With Oliver Glasner (Wolfsburg) and Adi Hütter (Frankfurt), two Austrian head coaches were part of the team as usual. However, Markus Hoffmann’s debut on the sidelines of Union Berlin on Sunday was anything but ordinary.
The 47-year-old from Salzburg had to replace his head coach Urs Fischer, who was unable to participate in the game due to the death of his father-in-law.
The task could not have been more difficult, however, as Hoffmann made his debut with the German record champions, FC Bayern Munich.
Despite a brave performance, it was not enough for the “Eiserne” on Sunday to win a point (match report >>>).
Positive record despite defeat
“I think we did what we set out to do well. We tried to be uncomfortable and get into the duels quickly. At times we were able to force our game on Bayern a bit and we also got our own chances.” , Hoffmann points out the positive aspects of the game on the club’s homepage.
Nevertheless, not everything was a bliss in the game of the Berliners. “Of course, there were also phases in which we were not quite as active with the ball. The penalty hurt us in this phase, but we didn’t let ourselves down and kept going,” says Hoffmann.
“It was also clear that we would not have as much possession of the ball against Bayern, almost all teams in the league can do that, but we didn’t lack the courage. We had a few options, but in the end we weren’t too cold-headed like Bavaria, “says the 47-year-old from Salzburg.
Fischer return still open
It remains to be seen whether Hoffmann will have to take the helm on the sidelines of the “Iron” in the Berlin city derby against Hertha BSC on Friday. Head coach Urs Fischer will only return to his post once he has been tested negative for the corona virus twice.
Markus Hoffmann has been the assistant coach at Union Berlin since July 2018. However, his relationship with head coach Urs Fischer goes back a little longer – from July 2015 to June 2017, Hoffmann worked as an assistant coach under Fischer at FC Basel.
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