Who are the right team for the coaching final?
Two failures force FC coach Achim Beierlorzer (51) to rebuild: Noah Katterbach (18) pulled a muscle fiber tear against Fortuna Dusseldorf, Florian Kainz (27) continues to fall out with heel problems.
Jonas Hector or Ismail Jakobs on the left?
Beierlorzer: "At Florian Kainz, the doctors said that we can not continue to get him to play with painkillers. That must heal. The health is the most important thing."
Who leaves the FC coach on the left? The routine variant would be Captain Jonas Hector (29), who would return to his actual home position.
Or Beierlorzer relies on a bold alternative: Youngster Ismail Jakobs (20). In the two training sessions before the Hoffenheim match, the coach tested both options.
Jakobs in this important game – that would be a big surprise! Finally, the left-back, who was thrown back in the last few months by two injuries, never before in the Bundesliga squad.
Jonas Hector can hope for a new chance at the DFB
For Hector, the return to the left side could come just at the right time, as on Friday coach Joachim Loew his squad for the European Championship qualifier matches against Belarus (16 November) and Northern Ireland (19) known.
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The Cologne captain had to cancel the last DFB games in October. Now he should get a new chance – especially since Leipzig left-back Marcel Halstenberg (28) injured missing.
Is Birger Verstraete returning?
Whether Hector runs against Hoffenheim on the left or Jakobs gets a chance, depends mainly on how fit Birger Verstraete (25) is after his injury break. The six is waiting eagerly for his start-up comeback. If it is not enough for the Belgian, Hector will continue to be needed in midfield.
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Also interesting: FC coach Beierlorzer could change his system. The two losses on the left side and the basic order of opponent Hoffenheim speak for it.
"The last games were very successful with a 3-5-2," says Beierlorzer. The FC could also put on a triple or five-chain, this variant has also trained. Worry child Jorge Meré (22) would get another chance at his favorite position.
Achim Beierlorzer demands heart and passion at 1. FC Köln
Beierlorzer says, "We'll think about it. Often it is not about tactics, but about the way you approach a game. We need heart and passion. "No matter if in 3-5-2, 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2!
This is how the FC could play: Horn – Bornauw, Meré, Czichos – Ehizibue, Verstraete, Schaub, Skhiri, Hector – Cordoba, Terodde
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