Here we are… we are half-way through the Super League 2018-19 season. The second round is by now behind us.
Right, the second round… how did teams do in the second round? Let’s see it immediately.
SUPER LEAGUE – 2nd ROUND TABLE
Young Boys are comfortably at the top of the second round table. Gerardo Seoane’s troops are 5 points clear of Basel even though they suffered their first – and only – seasonal defeat.
The Rotblau for their part are the “runners up”. Not bad for this team that is trying to get back to the top of Swiss football!
Third placed instead are Luzern and it’s not totally a surprise… René Weiler’s troops in fact, oftentimes deliver excellent performances, tactically speaking.
The Super League’s sensation Thun are then 4th placed. Marc Schneider’s troops have looked somehow tired recently. The break is a godsend!
Sion for their part are 5th placed. It’s pointless to beat around the bush: Murat Yakin will probably never make his team play “Champagne football” but mostly solid football. But we’re in Valais… where people normally prefer the substance of “Fendant”, after all 🙂 So that’s good enough. For now.
The two Zürich’s based clubs follow in 6th and 7th place. In this regard, the Hoppers are certainly more satisfied. Thorsten Fink’s troops are not playing very well… but they earned 10 points in 9 games. That’s enough to survive.
Who instead disappointed are Lugano and, most and above all, St. Gallen.
Both teams are capable of playing good football. Yet, both teams are darn struggling to earn wins. Both teams, however, have all it takes not to be involved in the relegation battle.
Finally, there is a team that – willy-nilly – will fight against relegation until the end. We’re talking about Neuchâtel Xamax. Michel Decastel’s troops aren’t that bad, really… but they darn struggle to turn their decent performances into wins. Not for nothing, they’re the only ones who failed to earn “3-points” during the second round.
In conclusion, a couple of records…
BSC Young Boys – 25 Goals
Young Boys had by far the best attacking record of the second round. Anyone surprised?! We don’t think so… the current league leaders are rock solid in defense but, most and above all, they’re a scoring machine!
FC Sion – 11 Goals against
Here too… anyone surprised?! Sion had the best defensive record of the second round! And just to say… the second round started shortly after Murat Yakin had been appointed the new coach. “Fendant” football for all!
Grasshopper Club Zürich – 10 Goals
Grasshopper darn struggle to put that bloody ball into the back of the net… Thorsten Fink’s troops scored only 10 goals in 9 games in the second round. That’s not good enough. It’s important to emphasise that 5 of the 10 goals have been scored against Lugano and Neuchâtel Xamax. Namely, the two teams that are currently fighting against relegation.
Neuchâtel Xamax FCS – 21 Goals against
Neuchâtel Xamax concede too many chances to their opponents… therefore, they concede too many goals. 21 in 9 matches… that’s too much! It’s fair to say, however, that also thanks to Raphaël Nuzzolo – but not only because of him – the newly-promotes side can score regularly. That’s good!
Enjoy the break, guys!