After the false start, VfL Bochum would like to get back on the road to success. To do this, the Bundesliga club has to improve significantly in some areas.
Behind the VfL Bochum lie turbulent weeks. First was the separation from ascent coach Thomas Reis confirmed after six defeats in a row, then U19 coach took over Heiko Butcher took over as interim coach and scored the first point with Bochum in a 1-1 draw against 1. FC Köln. On September 22nd was Thomas Letsch officially introduced as the new coach.
With the away game at RB Leipzig, the 54-year-old made his debut on the coaching bench – and the premiere failed. The bottom of the table had no chance with the Champions League participants and went down 0:4. In the coming week, VfL wants to play at home against Eintracht Frankfurt (October 8th, 12.30 p.m.) show the right reaction. To do this, the new man on the sidelines and his team have to make some adjustments (Those: bundesliga.com):
walking distance: The VfL Bochum players covered 885.4 kilometers in the first eight games. That makes 17th place compared to the other Bundesliga teams. For classification: Union Berlin, leaders of the Bundesliga, has already covered almost 950 kilometers.
Intense runs: In these statistics, too, the Bundesliga team is only in 17th place (4976) – only Borussia Mönchengladbach has played less intensive runs than VfL (4810). In first place there is VfL Wolfsburg (6041), followed by FC Bayern Munich (5756).
Sprints: VfL is also in the bottom of the table here – only 16th place! So far, players have sprinted 1640 times. Rival rival Borussia Dortmund is at the top with 2048 sprints. Bochum’s competitors in the relegation battle are all placed ahead of VfL.
Won duels: In this important statistic, Bochum – together with Borussia Mönchengladbach – only ranks 16th. The VfL players have won 753 duels so far – not a good value in a league comparison. Record champions Bayern Munich, 1. FC Köln, Borussia Dortmund, VfB Stuttgart and leaders Union Berlin are in the top five places.
On closer inspection, it was already clear before the season that VfL would have significantly more difficulties after the departures of Milos Pantovic, Armel Bella-Kotchap, Sebastian Polter, Maxim Leitsch and Elvis Rexhbecaj than in the first year after promotion. Nevertheless: Bochum has too often lacked the basic virtues in the previous season’s games. There has to be a new coach Lettuce start. Because only with a fight, willingness to run and a high intensity does the Revierklub have a chance of remaining in the league.