A team we rarely praise, but with one if the most underrated managers and in one of the most beautiful parts of Europe? Now wonder editor Ali has a soft spot for Augsburg. Here's editor Axel's analyzis of their season so far.
Before this Saturday's games kicked off, i was certain of at least one thing: Köln would beat Augsburg comfortably. That was the one thing I knew would happen, because FCA's away form isn't at all gloatworthy and Köln's home form is that. However, what happened? Well, a hard fought game turned out goalless and I found myself sitting in the gutter, blaming it all on society. Perhaps not, but I was very surprised to see the Modeste-spearheaded Köln draw at home against FC Augsburg. Dirk Schuster's magic worked out again, just as he worked his magic at the soon-to-be late Darmstadt.
Dirk Schuster is one of those managers you can count on. While I have written quite a bit about him, his stability in his role has never been questioned, neither has his ability to fix a defence. With Ragnar Klavan gone, things looked dire for Augsburg before this season and I personally almost predicted them to finish last due to their defence. However, Dirk Schuster has done what he did at Darmstadt, brought some needed unity. While Augsburg's last manager, Markus Weinzierl is a really good coach, he hasn't got the same ability to stabilize a defence as Dirk Schuster has. Weinzierl might be tactically good, as showed by Schalke's Gegenverwirrung, but his teams rarely show good defensive unity, nor stability. I remember one certain game for FCA under Weinzierl where this showed. Away at Mainz 05, they drew 3-3. That game itself was a manifest for my thesis.
What do I want to claim then? Well, I would like to take this opportunity to really praise Dirk Schuster and FC Augsburg, a team rarely praised or criticized, because they have done exactly what most would have expected them to do- keep their stability. It isn't a big club and while the city is big, their fanbase isn't at all as large as some other teams in the middle of Bundesliga. In spite of this, their choice of managers has guided them to some kind of temporary stability in all the chaos that is German football right now. They are one of the few teams that has done more or less exactly what you would've expected and that's good to see for a change. In a league of instant chaos, with Leipzig at the top and Mönchengladbach, Dortmund, Schalke, Wolfsburg and Leverkusen stuck in the middle, something like Augsburg is welcome.
Teutophiliac, editor and the long lost grandgrandgrandgrandnephew of Charlemagne's sister's hairdresser's grandchild's grandchild.