A Cock and Red Bull Story – Part 8: Bunde pressure

Happy Freitag! and welcome back to Leipzig, where Nick’s RB side’s relegation is all but confirmed, but can they somehow produce a miracle to escape the drop? Here’s Nick…

I’ll be honest, it’s not looking good. We’re eight points from safety with just seven games left. Of course survival is mathematically possible, but given that we’ve played absolutely shite all season, I’d say it’s is highly unlikely.

We start by going for a Hamburger, which is music to Billy MacDonald’s ears. But despite going in front early, it’s no happy meal, and we can’t hold onto the lead. Story of our season…

Bayern get revenge for the point we nicked off them earlier in the season. Sritong-In gives us a glimmer of hope, but a customary obscene strike from Elber kills off our comeback hopes.

Freiburg makes it three losses in a row. Younga-Mouhani decides to show up for the party with his first goal in eleven games, and then gets injured, perhaps the unfamiliar feeling of scoring a goal was too much for him.

The losing streak is finally broken against Bielefeld, as our Thai-phoon, and the seldom-seen Glaubitz get us the points. The visitors try to Reina on our parade, but it’s our day today.

Whoa hang on, two wins in a row?! What’s going on here? Even the mostly-useless Loren gets on the score sheet as we win at Karlsruhe.

The briefest of revivals is ended by Berlin, who put us firmly back in the Maier, and we’re officially relegated. I have no complaints.

I’ll take the money, but lord knows what we’ve done to deserve it.

Stuttgart finish us off with a drubbing, we’re so bad that even Fredi Bobic with his shooting stat of 3 gets a goal. What a bunch of Bochtlers we are…

So here’s how it all ended up. Our draws, losses, and goals conceded columns sum it all up really, but in terms of goals scored, we were better than at least half the league, so that’s a positive to take from an otherwise miserable first season in the top flight.

The player stats, and the fact that our first and second choice keepers had the highest average ratings tells you all you need to know…

I waste little time dwelling, and the summer wheeling and dealing begins. Reifenscheid and Kaschuba, who can both be seen at the bottom of the above list, are the first to go, both released. I was grateful of them in the early days, but they were just in the squad to make up the numbers really.

I let my keeper, Christian Holzer join Bayern, which I might live to regret, but I got fed up of his red cards, and Manuel Grell came in and did well when needed, so he’ll be my number one next season, unless somebody world class is interested, but I’m not holding my breath.

I’m straight on the regen hunt, and first through the door is the reincarnation of Lothar Matthaus…

Andreas Brehme is next…

Followed by Dutch legend, Danny Blind…

And finally Chris Waddle. They were all free…

I did also try for Peter Beardsley Jr, but for some reason he opted for Chelsea, his loss…

Dynamo Dresden take Lars Müller off our hands. He was another one who hardly kicked a ball for us, so I’m not too gutted really.

At the awards, it’s a good night for Bayern, and in particular, Alexander Zickler, who managed an impressive goals tally for an FR. Maybe they’re not so useless after all…

After the update, a few more signings follow. After selling Holzer, I’m on the hunt for a keeper, and this lad doesn’t look terrible…

And this guy looks like he could be good in a few years…

Looking through the interested foreign based list is normally a depressing task, but then I spot this guy. I’ve seen him do great things in past saves, and at just £475k from Liverpool, it’s an absolute steal, and he didn’t even want a big club release clause!

Odé joins the injury list, just in time for the new season. Looks like Brehme Jr will get his chance sooner than expected…

And that’s it’s for this week, and indeed season two. It’s definitely been one to forget, so hopefully we can put it behind us quickly and go straight back up. Join me next week as the rebuilding starts, and we look to begin another climb. Tschüss!

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