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January + February '22

"I felt very disappointed in how things had turned out between me and the gaffer. I came to him and said, "Look, I am good enough to start games, I need to play more. It is either me or Florian [Bruegmann]." I was happy to hear that he promised me game time, and I was satisfied. One game went by, two went by, three, four. I kept getting benched. For a player, there is nothing worse than sitting on the bench when you know you can get out there and make a significant contribution to the team, to your friends. To his credit, the Petr did give me some sort of game time, but at that point the ship had sailed. He made a promise and had broken it, so I had had enough and handed in my transfer request." - Lucas Surek, on his move away from BSG Chemie Leipzig, for Horsens Folkeblad.

After some time away from the pitch, the stands, the stadium, BSG Chemie Leipzig had to come out fighting if they were to claim the top spot as theirs. And they needed to be, as sterner tests would follow in the second half of the season. It was imperative that Havlicek got his boys playing champagne football to carry on the momentum gained from the first half of the season. 

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If we compare the schedule to a four course meal, January would be the delicious but criminally small portion of a beef pastarami sandwich as an appetizer. Delicious but too short to fill the stomach. 

Anyway, Chemie started their season restart on the road against Eilenburg. A side that languished nearer the lower reaches of the table, they were always a side that can prove to be dangerous, not on the goal front however. Why? Historically, they have been reckless in the amount of fouls accumulated and it showed here too. Sidekick Max Kessler turned in two penalties to send Der Chemiker 2 in front, first one being on the 6th, with the second following just before the whistle blew for half time. After coming out the dressing room, it was our winger Dennis Mast, swinging in a ball from the left hand side for Alexander Bury to meet the ball in-flight. While the header ricocheted off the post, Max Kessler found himself open to tap-in the rebound in the 68th minute, which sent the travelling fans singing the youngster's name throughout the journey back to Leipzig. 

After been under maintenance for the best part of the winter break, the Alfred-Kunze Sportpark was ready to host guests from the capital, Hertha BSC II. In the reverse fixture, Chemie struggled. This time, the roles switched. A calamitous own-goal in the 12th minute set the tone for the rest of the 90 minutes. Cunning genius from Dennis Mast inside the box had sent through Tom Gruendling to double the lead on the 84th, before Timo Mauer found the net after stunning play from the attacking quartet just before the game drew to a close. This was a win that served itself as a warm up for Havlicek's men.

The Leipziger Stadt Derby.

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However, there would be no time to rest, as the 'Diablos' ultras marched into the centre of Leipzig and headed down south of the city to gather at the Bruno Plache Stadion, where hated rivals Lok welcomed Chemie. Revenge was on the cards for the Railway men - the reverse fixture was marred by crowd trouble as Chemie had undeservedly won 1-0. Leutzch versus Probstheida - two teams on two opposite ends of the political spectrum, two opposite ends of the city,  would meet for another showdown.

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Once again, Havlicek urged his team on under the intense jeers, chants, pyrotechnics of the home support, telling them not to get lost themselves in the atmosphere and press on. Screams for a pen by the away side were validated when the referee blew and pointed to the spot kick. 16th minute, Max Kessler converts from 11 metres to send the away end roaring in delight, as beer cups launched into the air. With the game in Chemie's hands, metronome and ex-Lok player Andy Wendschuch produced a Mesut Ozil-esque through ball to send Max Kessler one-on-one and duly roll it past the keeper and into the net for his second in the 33rd miunte. This was the Max Kessler show. An outrageous, inswinging lob, from the right half space, by Kessler over the back line found Dennis Mast unmarked, who sent the ball into the net from a ridiculous angle. By half time, the game was done, as Lokomotive Leipzig once again found themselves inferior to their rivals. A poor showing from an outfit that was supposed to challenge for the top spots, yet found themselves with a new manager, subbornly clinging to a disappointing 14th spot in the league. They would score a consolation, in the 64th minute, through an error by Benjamin Bellot to choose to come out for the cross, only to leave Bogdan Rangelov to head it into the empty net. However, this wouldn't deter the Chemie faithful. A double over their enemies sent Leipzig rocking that night in the green of the Leutzch side. 

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Despite all of this, Andy Wendschuch came off due to an injury on the 75th. The damage done would present itself after the game. 404599851_Screenshot2022-04-23231225.png.bc5412f3e68bb85aba26fcae79b1a4d9.png 

We are light on true central midfielders, and after this game, we would be down to 4 for the month, as poor Andy got strechered off for a groin strain. 

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Keen to move on, we returned to welcome another guest from the capital, this time one with history - BFC Dynamo Berlin. Still on a high from the last dismantling of our rivals, Havlicek was swift to remind the players to stay focused. Dynamo was a direct competitor for top spot, even if they were at a distance away from Chemie. Evidently, this didn't quite work, as Chemie found themselves behind for the very first time in a long while - a clean finish by Justin Mobius had dealt the first blow in the hopes to stay invincibles. However, Havlicek, frustrated at his team for underperforming for the first 20 minute rallied his men. A Florian Bruegmann free-kick from 20 yards rebounded off the wall and back to Dennis Mast, who arrowed the ball from distance into the empty net on the 35th minute. While being all over the opposition, the representatives from the capital defended superbly to deny us the winner. Consequently, Havlicek left the pitch of the Alfred Kunze with a point, in a game that was frustrating to watch. 

Cup action provided a bit of breathing room from the league, as Chemie Leipzig travelled south to Chemnitzer, for a place in the semi-final of the Sachsenpokal. At times, when Havlicek's men travel round the country to different grounds, they feel like at home, thanks to the proud support of the ultras. This proved to be important, as Chemie regrouped themselves after conceding a disallowed goal early on. From the left-hand side, Manuel Wajer sent in a hopeful ball into the box, which Max Kessler would meet and score in the 14th minute. Dangerous challenges flew in from the home side and claimed a hit when Manuel Wajer went down after a sickening challenge. As we were extremely light on left-backs, we formed a makeshift defence that held on for the rest of the game. This sent Havlicek, the players, and the fans ecstatic, after grinding a out a tough game to book our place in the semi-final of the regional cup. 

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Another player that would be gone for the rest of the month. Chemie may find themselves in real trouble, and it isn't their fault either!

Halberstadt away. A game that marked the end of Stephy Mvibudulu's goalless run of 5 games. He looked very relieved to have found his scoring touch again, after Timo Mauer's pass found the striker facing the onrushing opposition goalkeeper, easily sliding the ball past and into the net on the 14th. A rifle from Dennis Mast, beautifully receiving Tarik Reinhard's penetrating ball through the middle, crashed in off the bar and the right post before bouncing past the goal-line on the 22nd. Tired after the last game 3 days ago, the players took it easy this game, as Havlicek needed to protect his players from excessive fouling by the opposition. Cottbus was on the horizon and another injury would provide a huge, unnecessary spanner in the works. The game finished 2-0, a solid win and a game that didn't provide much in terms of entertainment. 

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Things would turn sour, both for Havlicek and Mvibudulu, with this message after the game. 

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Just about when he found his scoring touch, he went down injured with a knee problem. Hopefully this doesn't impact him greatly. Seriously not ideal, with the game against Cottbus just around the corner.   

To close out a tough February, we welcomed yet another side from the capital in the form of Babelsberg. A side that was beaten 6-0, Chemie left the tunnel in the hopes that the score across the first and the reverse game would increase. And it would, in great style. Dennis Mast had his goal chalked off for offside, before Max Kessler found the net from a Timo Mauer cutback to open the scoring on the 9th. Timo Mauer then ensured that he contributed to the goal tally, after a firm strike flew past the keeper from a Tarik Reinhard through ball on the 22nd. Our wizard no.10 Dennis Mast sent a graceful lob over the high line of the away side to send Kessler through yet again. Our youngster applied the finish, making the score 3-0 straight after the break. Max Kessler would have grabbed another hat-trick, had he not been offside for a fourth closer to the end of the game. A comprehensive 3-0 win, which could have been 5-0 and a scoreline of 11-0 overall, Havlicek was content, as were the Chemie fans. However, Timo Mauer, after scoring, went off at half-time, as another injury was added onto the chart. 

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Honestly, what is the problem with everyone's ankles and knees nowadays? That is another key player out for the Cottbus game. Watching this unfold, I felt as if we were reliving Arsenal's winter period under Arsene Wenger (we better not repeat that awful 2007/08 season, otherwise our season will be disastrous.)

Nevertheless, the talk among the media had started, as Havlicek was awoken to this the next morning. 

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With February concluded, here is how the table looks.

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Cottbus are keeping us honest. They are currently on an 8 game winning streak, dropping 2 points since the 4th December, as we dropped the same amount against Dynamo Berlin. The amount of draws Der Chemiker have is alarming - while the form is good, it doesn't give the impression of complete domination. From what had been a 6 point gap, the reduction to 4 makes things very interesting as we approach the climax of the season. We are at a point where a title and promotion is slowly becoming a reality. However, it is now more important, more than ever, to pick up points wherever possible. I'm not as worried about Dynamo Berlin, as they are 17 points behind, but the threat from Energie is getting ever closer. 

As we approach the game against Cottbus in two weeks, things can either turn really south or can benefit us. We beat them in a tense game last time out. With home support, we will see what we can do, but we must avoid a loss at all costs. Whatever the outcome, we have to maintain belief and keep up the momentum. That is the least we can do because after all, BSG Chemie Leipzig is about proud support, belief and that hunger to win, which gives an incentive to perform well.  

Thank you for reading. 

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On 24/04/2022 at 20:09, 13th Man said:

Great stuff! You might be in a tough spot in the summer due to all those expiring contracts but there’s only so much you can do!

On xG - I think it tends to undervalue crosses and headed opportunities, so if that’s where you get your goals and it’s consistent then I see nothing wrong.  If you have/create mismatches or a player(s) well suited then those chances are better then xG gives them credit for!

I feel with the massive amount of expiring contracts, the squad can be naturally filtered out. I definitely think that the occasion is a perfect opportunity to get the DNA system up and running from next season. 

Anyway, thanks for the support! 

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52 minutes ago, haier_fm said:

I feel with the massive amount of expiring contracts, the squad can be naturally filtered out. I definitely think that the occasion is a perfect opportunity to get the DNA system up and running from next season. 

Anyway, thanks for the support! 

Good way of thinking on the contracts. A good chance to weed out the players you don’t want and bring in the sort you do.

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January + February '22

"I felt very disappointed in how things had turned out between me and the gaffer. I came to him and said, "Look, I am good enough to start games, I need to play more. It is either me or Florian [Bruegmann]." I was happy to hear that he promised me game time, and I was satisfied. One game went by, two went by, three, four. I kept getting benched. For a player, there is nothing worse than sitting on the bench when you know you can get out there and make a significant contribution to the team, to your friends. To his credit, the Petr did give me some sort of game time, but at that point the ship had sailed. He made a promise and had broken it, so I had had enough and handed in my transfer request." - Lucas Surek, on his move away from BSG Chemie Leipzig, for Horsens Folkeblad.

After some time away from the pitch, the stands, the stadium, BSG Chemie Leipzig had to come out fighting if they were to claim the top spot as theirs. And they needed to be, as sterner tests would follow in the second half of the season. It was imperative that Havlicek got his boys playing champagne football to carry on the momentum gained from the first half of the season. 

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If we compare the schedule to a four course meal, January would be the delicious but criminally small portion of a beef pastarami sandwich as an appetizer. Delicious but too short to fill the stomach. 

Anyway, Chemie started their season restart on the road against Eilenburg. A side that languished nearer the lower reaches of the table, they were always a side that can prove to be dangerous, not on the goal front however. Why? Historically, they have been reckless in the amount of fouls accumulated and it showed here too. Sidekick Max Kessler turned in two penalties to send Der Chemiker 2 in front, first one being on the 6th, with the second following just before the whistle blew for half time. After coming out the dressing room, it was our winger Dennis Mast, swinging in a ball from the left hand side for Alexander Bury to meet the ball in-flight. While the header ricocheted off the post, Max Kessler found himself open to tap-in the rebound in the 68th minute, which sent the travelling fans singing the youngster's name throughout the journey back to Leipzig. 

After been under maintenance for the best part of the winter break, the Alfred-Kunze Sportpark was ready to host guests from the capital, Hertha BSC II. In the reverse fixture, Chemie struggled. This time, the roles switched. A calamitous own-goal in the 12th minute set the tone for the rest of the 90 minutes. Cunning genius from Dennis Mast inside the box had sent through Tom Gruendling to double the lead on the 84th, before Timo Mauer found the net after stunning play from the attacking quartet just before the game drew to a close. This was a win that served itself as a warm up for Havlicek's men.

The Leipziger Stadt Derby.

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However, there would be no time to rest, as the 'Diablos' ultras marched into the centre of Leipzig and headed down south of the city to gather at the Bruno Plache Stadion, where hated rivals Lok welcomed Chemie. Revenge was on the cards for the Railway men - the reverse fixture was marred by crowd trouble as Chemie had undeservedly won 1-0. Leutzch versus Probstheida - two teams on two opposite ends of the political spectrum, two opposite ends of the city,  would meet for another showdown.

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Once again, Havlicek urged his team on under the intense jeers, chants, pyrotechnics of the home support, telling them not to get lost themselves in the atmosphere and press on. Screams for a pen by the away side were validated when the referee blew and pointed to the spot kick. 16th minute, Max Kessler converts from 11 metres to send the away end roaring in delight, as beer cups launched into the air. With the game in Chemie's hands, metronome and ex-Lok player Andy Wendschuch produced a Mesut Ozil-esque through ball to send Max Kessler one-on-one and duly roll it past the keeper and into the net for his second in the 33rd miunte. This was the Max Kessler show. An outrageous, inswinging lob, from the right half space, by Kessler over the back line found Dennis Mast unmarked, who sent the ball into the net from a ridiculous angle. By half time, the game was done, as Lokomotive Leipzig once again found themselves inferior to their rivals. A poor showing from an outfit that was supposed to challenge for the top spots, yet found themselves with a new manager, subbornly clinging to a disappointing 14th spot in the league. They would score a consolation, in the 64th minute, through an error by Benjamin Bellot to choose to come out for the cross, only to leave Bogdan Rangelov to head it into the empty net. However, this wouldn't deter the Chemie faithful. A double over their enemies sent Leipzig rocking that night in the green of the Leutzch side. 

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Despite all of this, Andy Wendschuch came off due to an injury on the 75th. The damage done would present itself after the game. 404599851_Screenshot2022-04-23231225.png.bc5412f3e68bb85aba26fcae79b1a4d9.png 

We are light on true central midfielders, and after this game, we would be down to 4 for the month, as poor Andy got strechered off for a groin strain. 

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Keen to move on, we returned to welcome another guest from the capital, this time one with history - BFC Dynamo Berlin. Still on a high from the last dismantling of our rivals, Havlicek was swift to remind the players to stay focused. Dynamo was a direct competitor for top spot, even if they were at a distance away from Chemie. Evidently, this didn't quite work, as Chemie found themselves behind for the very first time in a long while - a clean finish by Justin Mobius had dealt the first blow in the hopes to stay invincibles. However, Havlicek, frustrated at his team for underperforming for the first 20 minute rallied his men. A Florian Bruegmann free-kick from 20 yards rebounded off the wall and back to Dennis Mast, who arrowed the ball from distance into the empty net on the 35th minute. While being all over the opposition, the representatives from the capital defended superbly to deny us the winner. Consequently, Havlicek left the pitch of the Alfred Kunze with a point, in a game that was frustrating to watch. 

Cup action provided a bit of breathing room from the league, as Chemie Leipzig travelled south to Chemnitzer, for a place in the semi-final of the Sachsenpokal. At times, when Havlicek's men travel round the country to different grounds, they feel like at home, thanks to the proud support of the ultras. This proved to be important, as Chemie regrouped themselves after conceding a disallowed goal early on. From the left-hand side, Manuel Wajer sent in a hopeful ball into the box, which Max Kessler would meet and score in the 14th minute. Dangerous challenges flew in from the home side and claimed a hit when Manuel Wajer went down after a sickening challenge. As we were extremely light on left-backs, we formed a makeshift defence that held on for the rest of the game. This sent Havlicek, the players, and the fans ecstatic, after grinding a out a tough game to book our place in the semi-final of the regional cup. 

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Another player that would be gone for the rest of the month. Chemie may find themselves in real trouble, and it isn't their fault either!

Halberstadt away. A game that marked the end of Stephy Mvibudulu's goalless run of 5 games. He looked very relieved to have found his scoring touch again, after Timo Mauer's pass found the striker facing the onrushing opposition goalkeeper, easily sliding the ball past and into the net on the 14th. A rifle from Dennis Mast, beautifully receiving Tarik Reinhard's penetrating ball through the middle, crashed in off the bar and the right post before bouncing past the goal-line on the 22nd. Tired after the last game 3 days ago, the players took it easy this game, as Havlicek needed to protect his players from excessive fouling by the opposition. Cottbus was on the horizon and another injury would provide a huge, unnecessary spanner in the works. The game finished 2-0, a solid win and a game that didn't provide much in terms of entertainment. 

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Things would turn sour, both for Havlicek and Mvibudulu, with this message after the game. 

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Just about when he found his scoring touch, he went down injured with a knee problem. Hopefully this doesn't impact him greatly. Seriously not ideal, with the game against Cottbus just around the corner.   

To close out a tough February, we welcomed yet another side from the capital in the form of Babelsberg. A side that was beaten 6-0, Chemie left the tunnel in the hopes that the score across the first and the reverse game would increase. And it would, in great style. Dennis Mast had his goal chalked off for offside, before Max Kessler found the net from a Timo Mauer cutback to open the scoring on the 9th. Timo Mauer then ensured that he contributed to the goal tally, after a firm strike flew past the keeper from a Tarik Reinhard through ball on the 22nd. Our wizard no.10 Dennis Mast sent a graceful lob over the high line of the away side to send Kessler through yet again. Our youngster applied the finish, making the score 3-0 straight after the break. Max Kessler would have grabbed another hat-trick, had he not been offside for a fourth closer to the end of the game. A comprehensive 3-0 win, which could have been 5-0 and a scoreline of 11-0 overall, Havlicek was content, as were the Chemie fans. However, Timo Mauer, after scoring, went off at half-time, as another injury was added onto the chart. 

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Honestly, what is the problem with everyone's ankles and knees nowadays? That is another key player out for the Cottbus game. Watching this unfold, I felt as if we were reliving Arsenal's winter period under Arsene Wenger (we better not repeat that awful 2007/08 season, otherwise our season will be disastrous.)

Nevertheless, the talk among the media had started, as Havlicek was awoken to this the next morning. 

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With February concluded, here is how the table looks.

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Cottbus are keeping us honest. They are currently on an 8 game winning streak, dropping 2 points since the 4th December, as we dropped the same amount against Dynamo Berlin. The amount of draws Der Chemiker have is alarming - while the form is good, it doesn't give the impression of complete domination. From what had been a 6 point gap, the reduction to 4 makes things very interesting as we approach the climax of the season. We are at a point where a title and promotion is slowly becoming a reality. However, it is now more important, more than ever, to pick up points wherever possible. I'm not as worried about Dynamo Berlin, as they are 17 points behind, but the threat from Energie is getting ever closer. 

As we approach the game against Cottbus in two weeks, things can either turn really south or can benefit us. We beat them in a tense game last time out. With home support, we will see what we can do, but we must avoid a loss at all costs. Whatever the outcome, we have to maintain belief and keep up the momentum. That is the least we can do because after all, BSG Chemie Leipzig is about proud support, belief and that hunger to win, which gives an incentive to perform well.  

Thank you for reading. 

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Great to have you back…. Big derby win, still unbeaten and still a title race. A lot to be excited about!

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March '22

"March is the month where the title may be decided. If Chemie don't drop any points over the four game period, I can't see them dropping behind Cottbus for the rest of the season. However, it will be a different story if results go differently. Cottbus simply look unbeatable and it will take something special for them to drop points." - Thomas Doll, former Dynamo Berlin player.

Before we dive in, the top clubs in Germany had released their prospects, meaning that we were out to find some decent players that could bolster our squad for next season. After searching across some of the youth, we stumbled across this player. Introducing, Jorden Winter.

 

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He was the best of the bunch, a highly average to meh bunch. Yes, he may look very one sided and one hell of a one-trick pony, but his mental attributes are very good for this level. Being only 18 and having 13 determination, along with having good attributes in key areas, shows he has the potential to go far. He could serve as the Mvibudulu replacement if such an occasion arrives. A big plus is that he is already settled at Leipzig, albeit playing for the franchise. But, without hesitation...

 

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...we snapped him up. At no cost and cheap wages, Winter has some serious resale value should we keep him beyond next season. 

Back to the league though, where things were hotting up. 

With the closing stages of the season upon us, the Regionaliga Nordost finds Chemie and Cottbus neck and neck, vying for the name on the league trophy. This is an important month for both teams, as they will face off against each other, which will ultimately determine the destination of the cup come the end of the 38 games in the league.

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Ouch. :(

Things seemed to start off well on paper, as Chemie travelled to FSV Optik Rathenow, who were in the relegation zone at the time. This was the game where we should have won before approaching the match. Or so we thought. Havlicek's men conceded very early on. Mr. Reliable, Club Captain, the skipper, or however he should be described, our veteran CB Stefan Karau lost the run of the opposition striker Lucas Will, who, after receiving the ball, slid past the onrushing Benjamin Bellot in the 2nd minute. However, while keen to bounce back, it took ages for Chemie to score past the resolute Rathenow defence. The equaliser only came straight after halftime. Dennis Jaepel, after receiving a good forward pass, sent an inswinger towards the box for Max Kessler to prod home on the 46th minute. Nonetheless, mistakes from the Chemie defence kept on coming, conceding a 22 yeard freekick on the 49th minute - a freekick that would find the net. Afterwards and even throughout the match, we couldn't create anything. Mvibudulu and the quartet were surprisingly silent. With the Cottbus game around the corner, this wasn't according to the script, and unfortunately, Optik Rathenow inflict our first defeat of the season.

Our tally of 28 games without a loss had stopped. Quite a feat, but it could have been so much more. 

Energie Cottbus at the Alfred-Kunze. The biggest game of the season. Cottbus were coming into the game in hot form, winning their last 8 games while we were reeling off of that defeat from the previous game. 

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We started on the back foot instantly, but this was the case too in the reverse fixture. The main aim was to contain Cottbus and hit them on the break, exploiting the space in behind. This worked well, as the Chemie defence stood tall against a truckload of Cottbus chances, some coming from crosses, some were ridiculous one-on-ones, some were ambitious pot shots.

Contrary to the reverse fixture, we created nothing - no shots on target, with Mvibudulu ending the game on a 6.2. We could only defend for so long before the floodgates would open. This proved to be the case, as the Cottbus attack used the space between our LB Manuel Wajer and CB Stefan Karau to get in behind and in on goal. This time, Cottbus indeed scored when the timer indicated 50 minutes on the clock. We didn't not muster up with an answer to that, conceding a second 5 minutes later after Karau made another defensive mistake by committing to a man and leaving space in behind, the space which was exploited for Cottbus' second goal of the game. And unfortunately, that was how the game finished - Havlicek looked a frustrated and depressed figure, as Chemie were lifeless and struck. 

Cottbus and Rathenow proved to be the sucker punch, throwing the spanner in the works in Chemie's fight for the title. 

Auerbach away was a game where we had to regain our momentum - those last two defeats had shot our confidence to pieces and we didn't play the way we were before entering March. We looked spooked and a ghost of our old selves, as we conceded early yet again - a first minute breakaway and scored by the opposition suddenly posed a lot of questions for our defence, the questions to which we didn't seem to have an answer.

Thankfully, Chemie found their scoring touch, after Manuel Wajer heading in the delivery from a corner by Max Kessler in the 7th minute. During half-time, Havlicek demanded more from his players.

"Where is your passion lads? Do you even want to play? What happened to you? We were 28 games unbeaten, now suddenly a couple of hiccups and you lads look down and out. We cannot have that in any circumstance. We cannot let a couple of silly defeats derail our season. Come on lads, we have still got this, I believe in you.", he said, desperately seeking answer in his players' eyes.

However, Chemie concede a penalty, a very rare occurence, as Paul Horschig stops a one-on-one, injuring himself in the process. The penalty would be converted on the 48th and Auerbach were 2-1 up, against the run of play. Chemie would get their own slice of luck, receiving a soft penalty, for Max Kessler to step up and score. Sometimes reality is different from expectation as our youngster missed the chance to draw level by hitting a soft penalty down the middle, which was saved. Despite the awful attempt at a spot kick, we pressed on, desperate to at least grab a point. And that would arrive in the 90th minute. A scramble in the box, Auerbach defenders discombobulated and the ball miraculously found the feet of Max Kessler, to finally score and send the away end celebrating, euphorically chanting the hero's name. Havlicek had mixed emotions - on one hand avoiding defeat but on the other, dropping yet more points to Cottbus, who were unbeaten in March so far. 

We should've won that though and a look at the stats doesn't make that us feel any better. 

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:mad::seagull:

AAAARRRRRRGHHH!!!!! FM can be brutal sometimes, but at a time like this......

Tasmania Berlin at home. We couldn't play them at a more perfect time. Already occupying the foot of the table and consigned to relegation, we needed to win and win big against the opposition. And so we did, thankfully. A game that was awfully close on paper but we were just clinical on the day. Tarik Reinhard got his hat-trick - a header on the 35th, a tap-in from a Dennis Jaepel cutback on the 72nd and a penalty on the 79th, guaranteed that the man of the match award would go to him. However, he wasn't the only peformer that stood out. Stephy Mvibudulu had once again scored, converting a cross from a deep free-kick, Max Kessler had done the same and Andy Wendschuch scored another free-kick just outside the area, ensuring that Chemie would recover some of the lost ground in terms of goal difference. Yes, Havlicek's men conceded two to a very poor side and the defence must be questioned after yet again a poor showing. However, a 6-2 win is never unwanted, especially if it is a 6-2 win that allows a team to get back on its feet. 

Picking up 4 points out of a possible 12 is awful form, challenging to harm our position in the league table. It would prove to be the case when looking at the table at the end of the month.

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The side that play in green had been displaced from the green that is the top spot.

This is giving me serious Liverpool 2013-14 energy. 

A 4 point gap behind suddenly turned into a 4 point gap in front. Really upsetting, to be honest, as there wasn't much that Havlicek could have done. Cottbus were in flying form (honestly their run is ridiculous) and we just did not turn up on the day where we should have, simply put. Yes, on another day, it could have looked very different. It remains to be seen if promotion is a reality, as it seems that the opportunity is slipping away from our firm grasp. It is an uphill battle from here and it is unlikely that Cottbus will drop points during their run-in, considering their last few games are much easier than Chemie's on paper. 

Despite the catastrophic situation, the side from the Leutzch district of Leipzig should not worry about that. Second place in the league is still an outstanding achievement. Cottbus look very strong, almost too strong. However, the most important thing now is to keep going and finish the last 6 games to our best, giving it our all. Because that is all that can be done at this stage. The rest will depend upon fate.  

As the managerial mastermind Ted Lasso once said: "Believe". And so we will Ted, so we will.....

Thank you for reading.

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March '22

"March is the month where the title may be decided. If Chemie don't drop any points over the four game period, I can't see them dropping behind Cottbus for the rest of the season. However, it will be a different story if results go differently. Cottbus simply look unbeatable and it will take something special for them to drop points." - Thomas Doll, former Dynamo Berlin player.

Before we dive in, the top clubs in Germany had released their prospects, meaning that we were out to find some decent players that could bolster our squad for next season. After searching across some of the youth, we stumbled across this player. Introducing, Jorden Winter.

 

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He was the best of the bunch, a highly average to meh bunch. Yes, he may look very one sided and one hell of a one-trick pony, but his mental attributes are very good for this level. Being only 18 and having 13 determination, along with having good attributes in key areas, shows he has the potential to go far. He could serve as the Mvibudulu replacement if such an occasion arrives. A big plus is that he is already settled at Leipzig, albeit playing for the franchise. But, without hesitation...

 

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...we snapped him up. At no cost and cheap wages, Winter has some serious resale value should we keep him beyond next season. 

Back to the league though, where things were hotting up. 

With the closing stages of the season upon us, the Regionaliga Nordost finds Chemie and Cottbus neck and neck, vying for the name on the league trophy. This is an important month for both teams, as they will face off against each other, which will ultimately determine the destination of the cup come the end of the 38 games in the league.

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Ouch. :(

Things seemed to start off well on paper, as Chemie travelled to FSV Optik Rathenow, who were in the relegation zone at the time. This was the game where we should have won before approaching the match. Or so we thought. Havlicek's men conceded very early on. Mr. Reliable, Club Captain, the skipper, or however he should be described, our veteran CB Stefan Karau lost the run of the opposition striker Lucas Will, who, after receiving the ball, slid past the onrushing Benjamin Bellot in the 2nd minute. However, while keen to bounce back, it took ages for Chemie to score past the resolute Rathenow defence. The equaliser only came straight after halftime. Dennis Jaepel, after receiving a good forward pass, sent an inswinger towards the box for Max Kessler to prod home on the 46th minute. Nonetheless, mistakes from the Chemie defence kept on coming, conceding a 22 yeard freekick on the 49th minute - a freekick that would find the net. Afterwards and even throughout the match, we couldn't create anything. Mvibudulu and the quartet were surprisingly silent. With the Cottbus game around the corner, this wasn't according to the script, and unfortunately, Optik Rathenow inflict our first defeat of the season.

Our tally of 28 games without a loss had stopped. Quite a feat, but it could have been so much more. 

Energie Cottbus at the Alfred-Kunze. The biggest game of the season. Cottbus were coming into the game in hot form, winning their last 8 games while we were reeling off of that defeat from the previous game. 

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We started on the back foot instantly, but this was the case too in the reverse fixture. The main aim was to contain Cottbus and hit them on the break, exploiting the space in behind. This worked well, as the Chemie defence stood tall against a truckload of Cottbus chances, some coming from crosses, some were ridiculous one-on-ones, some were ambitious pot shots.

Contrary to the reverse fixture, we created nothing - no shots on target, with Mvibudulu ending the game on a 6.2. We could only defend for so long before the floodgates would open. This proved to be the case, as the Cottbus attack used the space between our LB Manuel Wajer and CB Stefan Karau to get in behind and in on goal. This time, Cottbus indeed scored when the timer indicated 50 minutes on the clock. We didn't not muster up with an answer to that, conceding a second 5 minutes later after Karau made another defensive mistake by committing to a man and leaving space in behind, the space which was exploited for Cottbus' second goal of the game. And unfortunately, that was how the game finished - Havlicek looked a frustrated and depressed figure, as Chemie were lifeless and struck. 

Cottbus and Rathenow proved to be the sucker punch, throwing the spanner in the works in Chemie's fight for the title. 

Auerbach away was a game where we had to regain our momentum - those last two defeats had shot our confidence to pieces and we didn't play the way we were before entering March. We looked spooked and a ghost of our old selves, as we conceded early yet again - a first minute breakaway and scored by the opposition suddenly posed a lot of questions for our defence, the questions to which we didn't seem to have an answer.

Thankfully, Chemie found their scoring touch, after Manuel Wajer heading in the delivery from a corner by Max Kessler in the 7th minute. During half-time, Havlicek demanded more from his players.

"Where is your passion lads? Do you even want to play? What happened to you? We were 28 games unbeaten, now suddenly a couple of hiccups and you lads look down and out. We cannot have that in any circumstance. We cannot let a couple of silly defeats derail our season. Come on lads, we have still got this, I believe in you.", he said, desperately seeking answer in his players' eyes.

However, Chemie concede a penalty, a very rare occurence, as Paul Horschig stops a one-on-one, injuring himself in the process. The penalty would be converted on the 48th and Auerbach were 2-1 up, against the run of play. Chemie would get their own slice of luck, receiving a soft penalty, for Max Kessler to step up and score. Sometimes reality is different from expectation as our youngster missed the chance to draw level by hitting a soft penalty down the middle, which was saved. Despite the awful attempt at a spot kick, we pressed on, desperate to at least grab a point. And that would arrive in the 90th minute. A scramble in the box, Auerbach defenders discombobulated and the ball miraculously found the feet of Max Kessler, to finally score and send the away end celebrating, euphorically chanting the hero's name. Havlicek had mixed emotions - on one hand avoiding defeat but on the other, dropping yet more points to Cottbus, who were unbeaten in March so far. 

We should've won that though and a look at the stats doesn't make that us feel any better. 

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:mad::seagull:

AAAARRRRRRGHHH!!!!! FM can be brutal sometimes, but at a time like this......

Tasmania Berlin at home. We couldn't play them at a more perfect time. Already occupying the foot of the table and consigned to relegation, we needed to win and win big against the opposition. And so we did, thankfully. A game that was awfully close on paper but we were just clinical on the day. Tarik Reinhard got his hat-trick - a header on the 35th, a tap-in from a Dennis Jaepel cutback on the 72nd and a penalty on the 79th, guaranteed that the man of the match award would go to him. However, he wasn't the only peformer that stood out. Stephy Mvibudulu had once again scored, converting a cross from a deep free-kick, Max Kessler had done the same and Andy Wendschuch scored another free-kick just outside the area, ensuring that Chemie would recover some of the lost ground in terms of goal difference. Yes, Havlicek's men conceded two to a very poor side and the defence must be questioned after yet again a poor showing. However, a 6-2 win is never unwanted, especially if it is a 6-2 win that allows a team to get back on its feet. 

Picking up 4 points out of a possible 12 is awful form, challenging to harm our position in the league table. It would prove to be the case when looking at the table at the end of the month.

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The side that play in green had been displaced from the green that is the top spot.

This is giving me serious Liverpool 2013-14 energy. 

A 4 point gap behind suddenly turned into a 4 point gap in front. Really upsetting, to be honest, as there wasn't much that Havlicek could have done. Cottbus were in flying form (honestly their run is ridiculous) and we just did not turn up on the day where we should have, simply put. Yes, on another day, it could have looked very different. It remains to be seen if promotion is a reality, as it seems that the opportunity is slipping away from our firm grasp. It is an uphill battle from here and it is unlikely that Cottbus will drop points during their run-in, considering their last few games are much easier than Chemie's on paper. 

Despite the catastrophic situation, the side from the Leutzch district of Leipzig should not worry about that. Second place in the league is still an outstanding achievement. Cottbus look very strong, almost too strong. However, the most important thing now is to keep going and finish the last 6 games to our best, giving it our all. Because that is all that can be done at this stage. The rest will depend upon fate.  

As the managerial mastermind Ted Lasso once said: "Believe". And so we will Ted, so we will.....

Thank you for reading.

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Few tough results to take! Losing the unbeaten run the game before the biggest game of the season had a very lasting effect on your players.

How do the remaining fixtures compare? 

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April '22

"Reports emerge from the Leutzsch, specifically from Chemie Leipzig, where a number of deals were extended to 15 first team players, including Paul Horschig, Tarik Reinhard and Benjamin Bellot. This is fantastic for the side that play in green as futures are secured for their most crucial players."

After a dismal month of March, we were looking to battle on towards the remaining fixtures in the league and the regional cup. We needed to pick ourselves up, and do it quickly, as it was our job to catch Cottbus.

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Altglienicke away. Another trip to Berlin sees us face a side in mid-table. A vicious ball into the box from the right by Florian Bruegmann finds Dennis Mast to head home at the far post on the 29th. A close game with two evenly matched sides, we should be thankful for our luck, as we didn't score anymore in a tight contest. A huge win at the expense of the hosts. 

Auerbach in the Semi Final of the cup. As this game was highly important, giving us a potential ticket into the DFB Pokal should we win the final, Havlicek put out the strongest XI possible. Under the voracious cheer from the Diablos, Max Kessler gives us the lead from a Dennis Mast cross on the 45th. It was a special occasion, as the headed goal would give us the lead as we re-entered the dressing room of the Alfred-Kunze Sportpark. A neat passing move, sending Dennis Mast through in on goal would put us 2 to the good and close out the game. A raucous chant from all four sides of the ground would mark the end of 90 minutes, ensuring Chemie's ticket to the final. The win sees us play against high-flying Zwickau in the final. 

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3 days later, a game against Fuerstenwalde at our place. With half the squad tired from the recent exploits in the cup, Havlicek picked a rotated side which inclued personnel such as Anton Kanther and Dennis Jaepel. As we took the lead through Stephy Mvibudulu, a nice through ball converted on the 31st, we were pegged back 4 minutes later through poor defending by our club captain yet again. A game where we dominated, we ended up taking a point instead of three. This severely impacted our gap between ourselves and Cottbus. This isn't turning out to be our year as it stands, unfortunately. 

*****

On 06/05/2022 at 14:13, SixPointer said:

Few tough results to take! Losing the unbeaten run the game before the biggest game of the season had a very lasting effect on your players.

How do the remaining fixtures compare? 

This is how the run in for both teams is looking like. 

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Trailing 6 points and having a slightly tougher run-in than Cottbus, our hope for the title is fading fast, as it is looking likely that Cottbus will win the league this year. Very unfortunate as we held the lead for the better part of the year, only for us to bin our gap to second with a horrible run of form. 

Cottbus would win all their games in April, as seen below. 

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A ridiculous run of form, but they are just a class apart from the rest of the league. I guess its just the way the cookie crumbles, we were never expected to give a fight for the title anyway. 

*****

Back to the action though.  

The game at home against Lichtenberg was our redemption game. Havlicek set out his team to get forward and intimidate the opposition. Credit to the Berlin based side, they stood firm, as defending became a matter of life and death in this game. This would continue until the 60th minute mark, where a horrid tackle put them down to 10 men. We finally open the scoring 3 minutes after; Stephy Mvibudulu found the net from a neat Manuel Wajer pass from the left. With that, the opposition defence crumbled - Dennis Mast scoring from a header on the 72nd, and an own goal on the 84th made it a day to forget for Lichtenberg, as Chemie outclassed their opposition yet again. 

Jena away on paper was our toughest match up in the league in April. We didn't want to drop additional points as the gap was already looking insurmountable. We were up for the game as we reduced Jena to no shots on target throughout the whole 90 minutes. While Tarik Reinhard hit the post from very close out, we were lucky, as the rebound fell to Timo Mauer, who wouldn't have an easier chance to score. We take the lead very early on, in the 8th minute, as Jena battled hard to gain supremacy in the middle of the pitch through persistent challenges. It didn't work however, and it guaranteed our positive end to the month. 

Here is the league table as it stands, going into the last two games. 

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We need Cottbus to lose against both Berliner AK and Eilenburg. It isn't looking very likely that this will happen as the latter is doomed to relegation. Berliner AK can defeat Cottbus and cut the gap down to 3 should we win both our games. We will see what happens, and act accordingly. 

Sachsenpokal Final

This was a big game, as this gave us our first taste of competition against the sides in the league above. Zwickau were red hot coming into this game, chasing promotion into the 2.Bundesliga through a potential play-off tie. 

We needed to win this to 100% guarantee our participation in the DFB Pokal.

So, as both sides headed out onto the pitch, Havlicek reminded his boys there was no pressure to win. "Allow yourselves to enjoy the occasion". 

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2 TIME CHAMPIONS OF SAXONY-ANHALT - BSG CHEMIE LEIPZIG boomed over the speakers as the Diablos stormed the pitch to embrace with their heroes. 

Fear and disappointment suddenly blanketed the away end, as Zwickau took the lead through a break in our defensive line. Keen to build on our promising start before conceding, Havlicek eagerly shouted his players on. This worked as Dennis Mast turned in the rebound from a Tom Gruendling effort on the 16th, before chipping the keeper after a flowing move on the 28th minute. A touch of class from a classy player put us in the lead of the final. We never looked like conceding after that, dominating the game, creating chance after chance. As the game drew to a close, it was us who lifted the Sachsenpokal. 

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A brilliant effort from the players all year round finally got rewarded with silverware. 

Behind the scenes, we were looking for potential deals to come in during the summer. After searching from the teams already relegated from the league above, we stumbled upon Lukas Pinckert, playing for @Deisler26's Viktoria Berlin. They are currently struggling to avoid the drop. With his contract running out in the summer, it was time to act now if we were to secure him. 

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Tidy player, insane mentals, young, this lad ticks all boxes, without eating up too much of our wages. He fits the system perfectly, as Havlicek intends to change the way Chemie play next season. This signing is integral to that happening. 

So therefore... 

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... welcome Lukas Pinckert. 

The prospect of this signing causes an air of excitement for the Chemie fans, eager to see what Havlicek does next during the summer. With the season drawing to a close, there is a slow realisation that promotion is out of reach this season. However, Chemie must mount a full assault on the title next year if it wants to run sustainably a debt-free. Whether this occurs time will tell. But for now, it is time for the Leipzig based side from the northern Leutzch district to close out the season and thank the fans for their support. 

Thank you for reading. 

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20 hours ago, SixPointer said:

Congratulations on the cup win :applause:

Cottbus form is frightening :eek: nothing you can do about it when they are relentless like that!

Cheers! Can't wait for the DFB Pokal - giving us that sweet sweet extra revenue to our suffering finances

4 hours ago, Deisler26 said:

Brilliant cup win! Lukas was a good player for me until he just didn't develop as fast as the team was!

Fair enough. When I first stumbled upon him, I thought it would be a coup if I pulled a deal off. Only 22 and plenty of room to grow, future captain material with those mentals. 

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13 minutes ago, karanhsingh said:

Just had a quick catch up with this thread! Love your idea behind it. And congratulations on the cup win! Keep it up :brock:

Danke schön!

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May '22

"We know what we need to do, Cottbus know what they need to do. It is just now a question of who can execute their plan to perfection better. We believe in ourselves and our ability - we are going out to fight for every inch, every blade of grass, so that there is nothing left of our boots by the end of the 90 minutes in each of the two games. I believe only that will help us on our course to conquer the title." - Petr Havlicek, speaking to Chemisches Element Podcast.

With the season drawing to a close, we are 6 points away from first. While some of that was our own doing, Cottbus' form meant that with 2 games to go, they were in provisional pole for the title. Despite the odds, we were determined to try and stop Cottbus' supremacy and win the league ourselves. Just to recap, here is our run-in. 

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At home to in-form Tennis Borussia Berlin before heading to midtable side Meuselwitz to close out the season. Our fixture list looks relatively even on paper against Cottbus'...

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...who host a very good side in Berliner AK before travelling down to already relegated Eilenburg.

For us to win the title, we need to win our both games and Cottbus to lose both of thiers. We should become top in that case, as our GD is superior to theirs. 

With this in mind, TeBe Berlin came to town. A game with a lot at stake, as the visitors arrived off the back of a 10 game unbeaten run. Our job was simple - to win and pray that Berliner AK do their job against Cottbus. It was another game where we dominated but didn't necessarily translate this into goals. Stephy Mvibudulu got his 28th goal of the season in the 21st minute with a smashing effort after being put clean through on goal by Dennis Mast. That was how the game finished, as the ground suddenly grew quiet in anticipation.

The reports after the final whistle came in from Stadion der Freundschaft in Cottbus, reporting:

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BERLINER AK HAVE DONE THE IMPOSSIBLE!

As news reached the ears of the Chemie faithful, the stadium arose from its slumber. As it stood, Chemie were now 3 points off from Cottbus with a game to go. 

The noise at the Alfred Kunze at this news? Deafening. 

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Which made things very interesting. 

As we travelled to Meusselwitz, the fans, Petr Havlicek, and his players were clear about one thing. Win, and win at all costs, in the hope that Cottbus slip up. Buses, draped in the colour of green, yellow and white, arrived as a horde, as the side from the Leutzsch district of Leipzig disembarked. All focused and ready at hand, the lot were incredibly eager to win the game. Havlicek had put them in the right frame of mind, stressing how a win would put them one foot away from the title. 

As the Chemie players emerged from the tunnel under the loud chants of the Diablos, the stage was set, the aims were clear. 

Chemie dominated proceedings yet again, urgently moving the ball forward beyond the opposition. Chances came and went for the visiting side. A usual occurrence that Havlicek was indifferent to seeing to. Eventually one of these would make its way into the net, he thought to himself. The fans would wait for a while before Die Chemiker finally struck first. A neat passing move on the right, a Florian Bruegmann drilled cross, leading to Tom Gruendling to net just before the hour mark. The Chemie defence were brilliant all game, doing everything to restrict the hosts to only 4 shots, with all of them failing to hit the target. In a game which left no chance for the opposition to restore parity, Chemie found themselves on top. 

However. And there is a however in every feel-good story.  

Just about after when the stoppages were added, a Meusselwitz ball over the top from deep found their winger straight through on goal. The ball was played across to the striker and to the horror of the Chemie fans, Meusselwitz levelled with their only shot on target. 

1-1 with 2 minutes left to go. 

Suddenly, a whistle from the referee interrupted the eruption from all 3 home ends. The flag was raised by the linesman, and just like that Chemie snatched a victory. And as the whistle blew again for full time, the away end was once again quiet, eagerly waiting for the results from elsewhere. It seemed as if hope lingered for a moment, as the destination of the trophy was being decided at this very moment. 

We had done everything in our right to put one hand on the title. The fate of the other hand lied in Eilenburg, where Cottbus were in the midst of duelling against the already relegated hosts. 

Before BSG Chemie Leipzig 2021-22 could be engraved into the side of the winners list on the side of the Regionaliga Nordost title, the news finally filtered through the ground at Meusselwitz.

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The away end was stunned into silence. A few heads dropped in light of the reports. 

So close but yet so far. A flagrant groan resonated through the away end, as some heads in the crowd slowly started to perch down, refusing to believe the news.

Cottbus made it over the line convincingly on the last day.  

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Unfortunately for us, this meant the top 3 looked like this at the end of the season's conclusion. 

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And as the players made their way to the away end, there was a sour atmosphere blanketing over the Chemie ultras. Havlicek did his best to console some of his players, but he himself knew that his side didn't make it in the end. 

While a Sacshenpokal trophy serves as some sort of consolation, this was an opportunity that went begging. 

And just like that, the season finished. THAT run in March was just a small, yet significant speck, which left marks of regret and dull pain, in otherwise a monumental effort from Petr Havlicek, his players, the fans, the staff, the people that run the club, run the ground. A monumental effort from the club as a whole, the conclusion of the league season felt bittersweet.  

Nonetheless, upon reflection, 3 days after the season's end, Chemie realised that they should be proud that they mounted a title challenge in this manner. While they may have binned pole position while attempting to overcome one of the penultimate hurdles (ahem, pointing at you Optik Rathenow, Fuerstenwalde, Auerbach), they were never a contender to be champions anyway. With reinforcements coming in over the summer and some change in the old guard on order, Die Chemiker have a lot of potential to harness. With Petr Havlicek at the helm, Chemie look safe for the future. For Petr himself, winning the title is now of urgent importance, as it has become a question of when and where. Turning the side professional is imperative if the club were to develop, and gaining promotion to the 3.Liga plays a crucial role in that endeavour.  

An exciting summer awaits for BSG Chemie Leipzig, as the Alfred Kunze Sportpark closes its gates for the last time this season.  

Thank you for reading. 

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Allez BSG!

 

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Very unfortunate in the end my man! The fact you pushed Cottbus the whole way after their incredible winning running is testament to the work you have done at the club!! The cup also gave the fans a huge high  and im sure it won’t be the last 

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