- For Turbine Potsdam and Eintracht Frankfurt, everything is at stake in the Bundesliga in a direct duel on the next matchday.
- Internationally, FC Barcelona’s victory over VfL Wolfsburg provides an insight into the future of women’s football.
- It also does not look rosy for DFB. He is again receiving many warning signs this year.
German women’s football has had some memorable weeks. Weeks that on several levels revealed how far the road back to the top really is.
Friday night, the feeling of exhaustion hit a new low. VfL Wolfsburg, the absolute galleon figure for German women’s football, fell 5-1 at the Camp Nou in FC Barcelona – and were still well deserved. Almost at the same time, the women of FC Bayern Munich fought in a break in Jena to fulfill their duty. Bundesliga results for the 20th match day at a glance:
Although the women of Munich are now back with the women of Wolfsburg, it can be expected that they will not let anything go wrong. The battle for third place is more exciting. Potsdam won the top match 2-1 in Hoffenheim and can qualify for the Champions League against Eintracht Frankfurt next week. The table with two remaining playing days:
1. The last big decision in the league
With two games left, most teams in the league do not care. Although Bayern managed to close the gap to Wolfsburg, much still needed to happen for a serious chance for the title. In the table basement, SC Sand has left too much in the last few weeks to be able to warm up the relegation battle again. Mathematically, they have not been relegated yet, but they will probably not fill the five points after Essen.
And then there is really only one question open: Who will get the third place and thus the last ticket to the Champions League in the coming season? Turbine Potsdam took a big step in the right direction last weekend – and thus distanced TSG Hoffenheim to six points.
In a tough battle, the Brandenburg women showed once again that they had improved their defensive quality in the second half of the season. It is not surprising that they currently have one of the best offensive lines in the league with 52 goals and are always good for two or even three goals.
Champions League clash: Potsdam host Frankfurt
After the first half of the season, Potsdam had already conceded 16 goals and thus more than their competitors from Frankfurt (12) and Hoffenheim (14). Only six more goals have been conceded in two games before the end. They are now far ahead of Eintracht (26) and TSG (29).
Coach Sofian Chahed has found the balance between aggressive and at times high attack pressure, calm possession phases and quick shifts. Almost no one had the women from the state capital of Brandenburg on their list before the season. But now they have the role of favorites.
The next day there is a showdown at home with Eintracht Frankfurt. Even if they lose, Potsdam will still be in third place with a current 13-goal lead – on the last day of the match, however, they will travel to Bayern Munich. A draw would probably be the preliminary decision, a win would be the mathematically already secure ticket to the queen class.
Many contracts with Turbine expire this summer. Qualifying for the Champions League would also be very important for the traditional club.
Player of the week: Almuth Schult
Not a logical choice with five goals conceded, but the 31-year-old was the least responsible for the clear defeat. On the contrary: as often as Barca rolled towards their goal, it could have, perhaps, had to call ten times. Schult made sensational saves several times and was perhaps the only Wolfsburg player to show top form.
2. FC Barcelona: A look into the future of women’s football
Slow, not very dynamic, erroneous, unaesthetic – the list of outdated clichés that women’s football has to deal with in this country is endless and bottomless. The satisfaction is all the greater when a team plays as beautiful, fast and dynamic football as the women of FC Barcelona. In front of 91,648 spectators at the Camp Nou, they outclassed one of the most dominant clubs in European top football in the last ten years.
A record-breaking audience on European soil (world record: 110,000 people at the 1971 World Cup final in Mexico). And fittingly a record performance from Barca. It is not easy to categorize this achievement as historical. The top in women’s football has grown together in recent years. Such victories have become rare at this level.
It is all the more important what Barcelona has achieved. Despite the sometimes inconsolable performance, Wolfsburg are one of the best teams in the world – especially in the match against the ball, but they had nothing to oppose the opponents.
Barca with a demonstration for Wolfsburg and all women’s football
The ball ran through the stadium as if it were being pulled on a string. On the one hand, six or seven Barca players gathered in a confined space to free themselves within seconds with a quick short pass and then play a diagonal side shift that completely opened up Wolfsburg’s defense.
It was a demonstration – for the women of Wolfsburg, but also for women’s football as a whole. It was the look into the future that clearly shows how skilled this sport is at developing. Barcelona are ahead of their time and therefore far stronger than the competition. A long-term process that was already indicated in 2019, when Bayern looked a little to the ball in the semi-final duel.
A team that will certainly be led by world footballer Alexia Putellas, but which has so many more faces that it would not be fair to highlight one of them. FC Barcelona is a style-defining player in women’s football. At the moment, the pace, the technical and tactical quality and the small number of errors can still be the big exception. But Barca is only the beginning. They are the opportunity to see the future of women’s football today. With all its speed, aesthetics and dynamics.
quote of the week
“If you do not go two meters against Barca, then this team has enough time to find space. We had stalled today, perhaps because of the landscape and the importance of the game.” – Tommy Stroot in club media.
Quo vadis, Germany?
However, it is doubtful how long it will take in Germany before such a level can be reached. The last few weeks have been sober again. Starting with the fact that Bayern have not been able to keep up with Wolfsburg for four reasons. In the direct duels, it shows again and again how big the gap is between the two strongest teams in the Bundesliga.
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But overall, the hype that could be felt to some extent in Germany around the Champions League quarter-finals has largely disappeared again. The semi-finals of the DFB Cup, which was saved as an almost untraceable Easter egg at lunchtime on Easter Sunday, and the solid defeat to VfL Wolfsburg last weekend are just two possible reasons.
In addition, the DFB committee also does not know how to convince. The recent 3-2 defeat to Serbia was another setback just before what is perhaps the most important tournament in recent women’s football history. The national matches are also so hidden on German television that the recent matches have probably gone unnoticed by many.
That the DFB seems to be building on the fact that this tournament in Germany will automatically generate a lot of hype is quite worrying. An early retirement of national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s team can not be ruled out at the moment – and so?
In Germany, Barcelona and England are currently being watched with wide eyes. Not everything runs smoothly there either, but progress is being made because those responsible are thinking carefully and working sustainably on it. With VfL Wolfsburg, the last great galleon figure in the former pioneer nation seems to have great difficulty staying at the top. There are enough warning signs for DFB. The clubs alone will not be able to bear the change.
This is how it goes now
The Bundesliga is taking a break next weekend. For VfL Wolfsburg, however, it will be about polishing their own reputation again. They will not be able to turn 1: 5 against FC Barcelona, but an appropriate farewell to this year’s Champions League season must be the goal. Especially with a view to the upcoming tasks in the Bundesliga and in the cup final against Potsdam.
- Wolfsburg – Barcelona (first stage: 1: 5, Saturday 30 April, 18:00, DAZN)
- Paris – Lyon (2: 3, Saturday 30 April 21:00, DAZN)
- Twitter: Justin Kraft: The table after the 20th game day
The German women’s national football team must do without one of their leading players at the European Championship finals in England. Melanie Leupolz, who plays football at Chelsea London in England, is expecting her first child. (Teaser picture: picture alliance / Eibner press photo / EIBNER / Michael Memmler) © ProSiebenSat.1