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Fortuna-Coach Sparkle: victory against Ulm no yardstick

The casual entry into the eighth finals of the DFB Cup did not impress Friedhelm Funkel in the slightest. Fortuna Duesseldorf’s coach took note of the 5:1 victory at the regional football player SSV Ulm 1846 but was pleased to note.

“In the Bundesliga we do not get points for this,” the 64-year-old noted. Immediately after the clear victory in the Danube dion, his gaze did not go back, but towards the coming Bundesliga game day: Then the last table starts at Borussia Munich. This will of course be a mammoth task,”said Funkel.

The problems of the climber are too big in the league’s everyday life, that Funkel wanted to stay with the obligatory path for a long time with a quadruplist. After defeats in the last five points games, the Fortuna arrived early in the season in the downhill fight.

Rensing to Blitz-Gegentor: “Oh, shit, this is going well”

How much this negative series is adding to the Dusseldorf villages at the moment, showed itself in Ulm after thirteen seconds. Following a collective defensive shutdown, Ulm’s attacker Ardian Morina brought the hosts with one of the fastest gates in the history of the Cup to the front.

“I thought: Oh shit, this is going well”, said Fortuna goalie Michael Rensing. But his teammates worked their way back into the game. Marvin Ducksch (15./70. Minute), Rouwen Hennings (33.) and Dodi Lukebakio (37./43.) shot the game and ensured the first eighth final entry of Dusseldorf for six years.

Compulsory flight against Ulm no standard

How little but above all the coach could start with this victory was also shown by the example of Lukebakios. The 21-year-old was not only one of the best luck players because of his two goals. But his coach was quick to try to stop the euphoria that was appearing in order to stop the young Belgian.

“With all due respect, but we played against a quadruplist,” said Sparkel, whose voice was noticeably raised on this subject. “We’ve been playing against a quadruplist.” The game in Ulm, on the other hand, was not a benchmark. The message to Lukebakio and the rest of his players was clear: Actions must now follow in Gladbach.

Funkel then acknowledged, however, that the victory in the Cup after the last ten opponents from the past two Bundesliga games could have been good for morale.” We are going to Gladbach with some optimism.”