Magdeburg - Dresden ⋆ An Old International

Magdeburg – Dresden

After a grueling January, February will be the month in which fears may become certainties.

For Magdeburg supporters there are only two or three matches that really matter: Halle, Dresden and maybe Hansa. The pride drawn from winning against these would carry them for weeks and add to the folklore. This season, games against Halle and Dresden brought zero points and five goals conceded; only against Rostock have Magdeburg won a point – the return match is to be played in early April.

The pitch resembled more the fields of the Börde than a football pitch, however anyone accustomed with the playing fields of England would still consider the pitch at the MDCC Arena in Magdeburg a decent pitch. While the quality of the playing area allows two opinions, the result does not. It simply is not enough and the trajectory is now downwards but at an accelerated speed.

The Story of the Match

Besides the state of the pitch, the game was laborious to watch. While Magdeburg’s attempt at playing attractive football were visible yet brought no reward. A point may have been possible but for captain Tobias Muller’s lunge after 74 minutes that gave Dynamo’s Mörschel THE chance and he left Behrens in the Magdeburg goal no chance. It left the Club on 21 points bang in the middle of the relegation zone with a three point gap already. Magdeburg tried and did well, containing Dresden for large parts of the game, yet they have left their only two chances pass and now stand empty handed. Again.

After three games without win, the club’s coach and those responsible now have to ask themselves which direction they want the club move in: a controlled decline with the prospect of remaining stuck in division four for the foreseeable future or staying in the division at all costs and the chance to rebuild from next season onwards. The latter, staying up, is the hope and wish of the fans, yet their belief that it will happen, dwindles with every defeat. Magdeburg need a miracle. Fast.

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