The 4th minute of the latest away game in Cologne will keep Alessandro Schöpf not only in the head, but also for a while. He was angry with his opponent Jonas Hector when he attempted clarification in the Cologne penalty area with his skulls – violent and, according to the view of some observers, also quite a penalty.
Referee Tobias Stieler, however, did not whistle to Bielefeld’s displeasure and apparently received no indication of his video colleagues from the Cologne basement during the long break. Since the campaign, a considerable cut on the eyebrow has adorned the face of Schöpf, which on social media could not refrain from a portion of ridicule about the handling of the video referee currently so controversial in the league. “Contact was definitely there, you can give it, but you don’t have to,” the 28-year-old was annoyed via Instagram with irony, his counterfei and the hashtag “#varmachtSpielfairer”.
I want to be there everywhere and go along with the others.
Meanwhile, the laceration on the forehead should not be the last lasting memory of the time of the Austrian international at Arminia. The contract runs until 2023, but it is reportedly only valid for the 1st league. As the penultimate table, Bielefeld is threatened from going to the 2nd league. The veteran wants to give everything for his team until the end to make it possible to stay in the class.
Schöpf shines with its running strength
While the ideas for a constructive game forward and in the standard situations remained considerable optimization potential for the whole season, the hope is primarily due to its outstanding mileage. With currently 12.56 kilometers, which he isp in 90 minutes, he lies in three among all Bundesliga professionals, just barely topped by the Cologne Ellyes Shkiri and Vladimir Darida from the upcoming opponent Hertha BSC, each with 12.64 kilometers.
“I have always been the case that I did many meters,” Schöpf recently said in an interview with the Schöpf. “For me, it is a liaison between the offensive and defense. I want to be there everywhere and go along with the others.”
On Saturday against the Berliners and in the other remaining games, this assignment could now be more important than ever to avoid the second descent in a row after decline with Schalke 04 in the previous season.