Twelve game days are completed, and not once the Russia succeeded in the top 6. Since the 1: 1 against FC Bayern for kick-off, equivalent with rank 7 after the first match day, the current 9th place was already the highest of feelings. The upward trend can not be denied by hand: after only four points from the first five games (table space 16) followed in the next seven encounters stately 14 meters, which corresponds to the cut of a Champions League participant.

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But the Brussels want more. And climb in the table. We want to continue and need to continue Konstanz. I hope we’re doing the next step now, says Jonas Hoffmann and reminds of the similar starting position at the month’s change. The home win against VFL Bochum at the end of October, the Russians had taken up to three points to a Champions League Square, but then it did not matter to the targeted away win.

The two points we have left in Mainz at the 1: 1 would have already done well, says Hoffmann and relies on one end of this changeable weeks as he calls it. Even after the recent 4-0 against Reuther Fürth, the last Champions League Square, which currently occupies Bayer Leverkusen, again only three counters removed. The next chance for the Brussels, with an away win on the top properly knock.

But when the derby is pending, the table usually plays only a supporting role. This will hardly be different on Saturday. We are aware of the scope of the game. For us — and especially for our fans — it is a very important match, knows Hoffmann and goes optimistically the task in Cologne. The national player gives the clear direction: Our claim is to get the three points in Cologne.