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FC Augsburg in the DFB Cup, with Jens Lehmann and the transformation of the image

The Amazement was big, this Tuesday, at the end of January: FC Augsburg had just announced that Jens Lehmann would be complementary to from now on as an assistant coach, the coaching staff of the Bundesliga. Jens Lehmann? The former national goalkeeper? The won with Schalke in the Uefa Cup and with Dortmund and Arsenal title? But also Against like opponents provoked, helicopter Training to fly, as a TV pundit questionable statements about homosexuality in football met and finally even to the attention of the tax police came? Exactly.

this Tuesday (20.45 clock/ARD and Sky) receives the FC Augsburg in the quarter-finals of the DFB Cup RB Leipzig, and the Association hardly be wrong if you referred to him as a grey mouse of the Bundesliga. Small, quiet, down-to-earth-these are the attributes that you get to hear in Augsburg. A colourful personality with great names such as Jens Lehmann can give rise to amazement.

From the eccentric to workers

According to the hype at its launch, the FCA had specially convened a press conference for the presentation of the new assistant coach. Quickly, rumours began to circulate, managing Director Stefan Reuter got his old team-mates from Dortmund days, just so that Lehmann could replace Manuel tree as a head coach. The denied the Augsburg, of course, immediately, and Lehmann was in his imagination, the humble, the teachable novice. "I'm grateful that I got the opportunity here to collaborate," he said fast. "I think it's brave that you took up with somebody like me who has a big name, but not much more in terms of experience as a trainer." But most of all he believe that "trainers should not talk too much, Co-Trainer."

And indeed, Since then, it has become quiet around Jens Lehmann. Interview requests he makes public appearances or Statements, there were no more. In his debut as a Co-coach, he took deliberately after the whistle on the Bank space in order to escape from the media hubbub. In the daily training of Augsburg, he stands out among his colleagues hardly an Exercise here, a single conversation there, especially on the Defensive he has to take care of. "It's a lot of detail work and experience he has made on the court," says Reuter.

Lehmann should unfold in front of the team with his Standing a different effect as the head coach tree that is considered to be a quiet, good-natured type. In the cabin Lehmann to address things more clearly, so the hope. Conversely, the opportunity to learn the coaching craft in the Bundesliga everyday for the 49-Year-olds. Although he is in possession of an international football teacher license, apart from a year as an assistant under Arsène Wenger at Arsenal any experience as a trainer goes off to him.

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And so it acts as Lehmann is working on a new orientation and a change of image – away from the swaggering eccentrics that draws the Public, the objective worker who can also work in the Background. The Augsburg-based environment seems like made for him: with specic Reuter on the side, less media attention, and only one hour distance from the place of residence at the lake of Starnberg. An hour by car, helicopter noted; superfluous.

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