Only three days after the sobering defeat at THW Kiel, the sovereign quarterfinals in the European League on Tuesday evening was at least a little balm for the soul of the foxes Berlin handball players. “We now have a sense of achievement. Task done. Point,” said coach Jaron Siewert after the 38:32 win in the second leg against Skjern Handbold’s Danes. The Berliners had already won the first leg 28:23.
In the quarter-finals on April 11th against the Swiss champions Kadetten Schaffhausen. The second leg in Berlin follows a week later. The Swiss should only be a transit station for the Berliners. “The view goes forward. Two times sixty minutes until the Final Four,” said Siewert.
Before that, the foxes will continue in the Bundesliga next week at TSV Hannover-Burgdorf (7:05 p.m. / Sky). Unusual amount of time to prepare. Time that should also be used to process the bankruptcy in Kiel. “We will certainly take a look back one or the other,” announced Siewert. However, the defeat shouldn’t get stuck in people’s minds too much. “Because then there is a risk of losing the next two points as well,” warned the Foxes coach.
In addition to the more detailed preparation for Hanover, these eight days should primarily serve to regenerate. “The players are all under pressure. The people who were with the national team have had a day or two off, or an afternoon off, if the need arises. So a few days off is good too. Take your mind off things, recharge your batteries for the final sprint,” said Siewert. The players are therefore free on Friday and Saturday. (dpa)
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