FC Zurich wants to get back on track with old virtues

FCZ played 1-1 in the weekend derby against Grasshoppers in the first game under interim coach Genesio Colatrella. For the ninth time there was no victory in the Super League, and yet after the dismissal of coach Franco Foda something like a spirit of optimism can be heard from the team – a spirit of optimism that builds on the return to the old strengths of the last championship season.

“We want to play FCZ football again,” said Colatrella the day before the third group game in the Europa League against the favored PSV Eindhoven. He means the style of play with which FCZ surprisingly and well-deservedly became champions last season under coach André Breitenreiter. “André had found the optimal system and the optimal constellation, and most of the players from last season are still there,” says Colatrella.

A win against GC would have accelerated Colatrella’s second endeavor to restore positive vibes after the disappointments of the past few weeks. The 1-1 draw was at least a good first step, because the way FCZ performed without the suspended Jonathan Okita was reminiscent of the good old pre-season. “A change always gives a certain euphoria,” says Antonio Marchesano. And Blerim Dzemaili demands: “We just have to keep working like we did last season.”

Positive signals, insufficient exploitation of opportunities

After the departure of top scorer Assan Ceesay, the team continues to struggle with exploiting opportunities. After the four goalless games at the start of the Super League, she has recently scored at least one goal eight times in a row in all competitions. And after conceding decisive late goals against Lausanne, Servette and Lugano, Zurich were no longer in acute trouble against Grasshoppers in the final phase.

If the people of Zurich manage to take a second good step against Dutch runners-up Eindhoven on Thursday evening in the Letzigrund, the new head coach, whom President Ancillo Canepa should have found at the latest after the second duel with Eindhoven in a week (October 13), should be a much less unsettled team encounter With Becir Omeragic, only one regular from last season is missing.

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Also Eindhoven with problems

A sense of achievement would do the FCZ good with a view to the next few weeks. Eleven competitive games are still on the program until November 13 and the start of the winter break. With three points from nine games, the record in the Super League is bad. In addition, the club was eliminated in the second round of the cup against the Challenge League team Lausanne-Sport.

The fact that Eindhoven is also not going through an easy phase suits the FCZ. The Dutch have been without injured captain Luuk de Jong for weeks and therefore without a centre-forward. In addition, several potential permanent employees are missing in the long term. Most recently, the result was a mixed 1:1 at home against Bodö/Glimt in the Europa League, a defeat in the Eredivisie against Twente Enschede and last weekend even a 0:3 against relegation candidate Cambuur.