3 Observations from Köln’s 3-1 Win, Plus a MD 4 Preview

After one win and one draw to start the 2018-19 2. Bundesliga season, 1. FC Köln was back at it again this past Sunday, at home against FC Erzgebirge Aue. I was finally able to watch the match on Fox Soccer Match Pass replay, so here are three quick observations from the 3-1 victory.

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Terodde is our only real option at striker

With a hat-trick in this match, and four goals just the week before in our DFB Pokal first-round jaunt against DFC Dynamo (a 4th-division side), Simon Terodde appears to have established himself as the first choice forward. Jhon Córdoba and Serhou Guirassy have yet to show any signs of promise. Even going back to last season, Terodde had five Bundesliga goals compared to four from Guirassy and zero from Córdoba.

A lapse in defense, again

Last week, we failed to play to the whistle, and the slow reaction to a non-call led to the equalizer by Union Berlin. This week, Aue was able to get on the scoreboard not long after Terodde’s opening goal because the defense failed to put pressure on the assist man, who made a clear run down to send the ball to the goal-scorer who got a scorcher of a shot past Timo Horn.

Given Erzgebirge Aue barely escaped relegation to the third tier at the end of last season and finished just 14th in the 2. Bundesliga table the year before that, Köln’s overall dominance has to be taken with a grain of salt. But a defensive lapse like that against any opponent makes you cringe.

Another option at forward would be great

Not to beat a dead horse here, but it’s worth noting again that Terodde is the only forward giving Köln any kind of production. Last season, he was tied with Bittencourt (a midfielder! who is now at Hoffenheim!) with five Bundesliga goals. Gone is Yuya Osako, too, who finished with four goals. Unless Córdoba and Guirassy can find their footing, Köln is going to need to bring in someone else.

Which leads us to a nice little exchange between Randall and myself. Could we possibly see Anthony Modeste back at FC? He’s no longer in China, a transfer to Galatasaray apparently fell through, and he was spotted back in the city. It might be overkill for this season, but a proven goal scorer for our likely promotion back to the top would be much needed.

Matchday 4 Preview

Currently tied for 1st place with Union Berlin, Köln’s next match is this Sunday at FC St. Pauli. Sitting in sixth place with six points, Pauli has had wins against Magdeburg (2:1) and Darmstadt (2:0), followed by a 4:1 loss against aforementioned Union Berlin. St. Pauli’s top goal scorer is Christopher Buchtmann. Early season stats show that Köln is the better team offensively, but St. Pauli’s aggressive nature (second in yellow cards with seven already), could prove things difficult let alone it being a road match. Another early match here on the West Coast, this will have to be a “watch later” affair once again.

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