Berlin’s handball players falter and above all have to work on their self-confidence. A win against Leipzig on Saturday could help.
“A lot is possible, but a lot is impossible,” says the sports director of Berlin. “I can only hope that our team brings some of the talent to the record that it has.”
Despite some convincing performances, his résumé has been mixed since the World Cup break in January. Against the top of the Bundesliga there were defeats and at the newly promoted Essen the Berliners trembled to victory. The 35:27 win against the Fivers from Vienna on Tuesday in the European League was just a little balm.
“It’s no use hitting it all the time,” says Kretzschmar. “There were of course speeches, but I can’t stand in the hall after every game and say: that’s enough!” The 48-year-old prefers sporadic one-on-one discussions, noticing that his boys are currently working on their self-confidence.
“With everyone it is somehow explainable why they do not deliver one hundred percent,” reports Kretzschmar, “but now everyone has to pull their own head out of their hole.”
Precarious management situation
A win against Leipzig (8.30 p.m. / Sky) would certainly help a bit. However, the precarious management situation is not very supportive. In addition to the corona sufferers Jacob Holm and Hans Lindberg and the injured Paul Drux, the foxes have to do without Milos Vujovic. The left winger is suffering from a hematoma in his heel and will be out for about three weeks.
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André Haber in the opposing coaching bench is not doing much better. The Leipzigers not only caught a juicy 21:31 defeat at the record champions in Kiel on Wednesday, but also had to add three more names to their already painful row of injuries: national player Philipp Weber hobbled off the field after only two minutes with knee problems, Niclas Pieczkowski complained over back pain and Jakob Leun stretched his foot.
It is questionable whether the three will be fit again in time. It is also about the backcourt players Marko Mamic and Gregor Remke, while the half right Martin Larsen has to pass due to his knee injury.
So recently the offspring of the Saxons around the 20-year-old Mittelmann Luca Witzke were all the more impressive. “You have to take off your cuffs against Kiel and do it like that. Leipzig has been doing really well in promoting young talent in recent years, ”says Kretzschmar, who also sends four youth players into the game on the Berlin side to compensate for the losses. Despite the circumstances, he sees his team as favorites and hopes that he can leave the hall with words of praise after the final whistle.