Solbakken standing by his 'concept'
Cologne coach Stale Solbakken is expecting a difficult week ahead after seeing his side lose 5-1 at Schalke yesterday, but he remains convinced that he can turn things around. Cologne prop up the rest of the Bundesliga after two defeats, conceding eight goals and scoring just one.
However, new boss Solbakken is confident that the "concept" he is trying to integrate into his side will pay dividends soon. "I know that there will be a great deal of pressure on me before our next game," he told Goal.com. "But I have faith in my work. I did not make a good start in Copenhagen either. Maybe my concept is a bit difficult for the players to grasp, but I am convinced by this concept which we as a whole team are working on."
Solbakken should be given time for his concept to sink in among the players as Cologne's director of sport Volker Finke brushed off the criticism, saying it was "too early" to discuss the coach's future. However, there is still a lot of work ahead and failure to beat Kaiserslautern at the Mungersdorfer Stadion next weekend could see the patience wear thin, as it already has done among the club's fans.
But Solbakken once again ignored the fans' jeers, saying that he only has himself to answer to. "All hell has broken loose inside of me," he said. "The problem is not the pressure from outside - my pride has been hurt and that is painful. I know that this was a poor performance and it is hard for the players to take anything from this game to build upon, and it is hard for me too."