The initial situation could hardly be more different. While the Füchse are still undefeated this season, TSV Hannover-Burgdorf conceded four defeats in five Bundesliga games. The mood at Lower Saxony is correspondingly tense before the two teams meet on Thursday (7:05 p.m. / Sky).
What makes it even more difficult: After two narrow defeats, coach Christian Prokop, who was signed up for the new season, not only had to complain about missing points and slipping to 16th place in the table, but also had to record a few failures. Particularly painful is the injury to goalkeeper Domenico Ebner, who crashed after a parade against MT Melsungen and ultimately had to be carried out of the hall with a broken rib. With Evgeni Pevnov at the district and middle man Jonathan Edvardsson, the Lower Saxony are now missing three regular workers, four more are posted. In this respect, the former national coach certainly does not look at the encounter with the Berliners with a pleasant feeling.
Who can blame him? The Füchse can fall back on their entire squad, are currently convincing on the field with their fluid game management and a flexible line of cover. The result is five wins and a draw against THW Kiel, in which the record champions’ coach Filip Jicha even attested the Berliners Champions League level and named them a serious championship candidate.
Laurels that flatter, but which were immediately put into perspective by Sport Director Stefan Kretzschmar. “That shouldn’t be the watchword for the next few weeks,” said the 48-year-old. “But there is also no reason to stack deep.” This is also followed by his coach Jaron Siewert, who warns of high spirits before the game against the Hanoverians: “They are known to be a very unpleasant opponent. They have very dangerous players in their ranks. You shouldn’t be fooled by any table constellations. “
With unity and emotionality on the one hand and speed and clever game management on the other, the Berliner wants to continue the run with his team. And against the battered TSV, the foxes are unquestionably favorites in the game.