Eight factors? Typically, that is the lead that THW Kiel has received in competitors sooner or later in the season. THW are actually behind leaders Magdeburg – eight factors! With ten video games to go, it is not too daring to suppose that THW Kiel or SG Flensburg-Handewitt (even 9 factors behind) will not be named champions in the handball Bundesliga this time round.
But for the first time in 20 years: SC Magdeburg.
There are some distinguished voices who see SCM as a goal in the Bundesliga. “Who else will beat them?” Fuchse requested Berlin’s former worldwide and present sporting director Stefan Kretzschmar on Sky over the weekend. “This Magdeburg staff is not going to let the championship slip away from their fingers once more,” believes Kretzschmar, and “the leaders can actually be congratulated.”
In the Bundesliga, it is solely about second place, says Kiel coach Filip Jicha
In the weeks following the European Championship, one hope of the chasers was dashed: Magdeburg’s handball gamers had been exhausted by the ongoing challenges of the season. SCM simply carry on profitable, with the solely defeat of the season nonetheless coming from Boxing Day in Flensburg; didn’t lose any additional factors. SCM has all the repertoire you recognize from different desk leaders: actually massive wins like 44:26 at Lemgo; and in addition good points of a really soiled sort.
As on Sunday, at TBV Stuttgart, fifteenth in the desk, when there was not a lot work, defeat appeared attainable – and in the finish it was sufficient for 2 factors. After 30:27, coach Bennett Wiegert stated, “It’s been greater than an enormous job,” respiration closely, including, “Personally, I want it.” Like midfielder Philipp Weber, who interrupted his journey to the nationwide staff to recuperate in Magdeburg.
In distinction, all the optimism has given strategy to report champions Kiel (22 German championship titles in whole), particularly after this sport on Sunday. So much went fallacious in the 27:31 in opposition to the Foxes, Berlin’s first win in as many makes an attempt at the Kiel Arena. First, THW fell asleep in the first half, then the extraordinary expertise Sander Sagosen injured himself after a heavy foul by Berlin’s Fabian Wiede, which brought about the Norwegian to go sideways in mid-flight and push him to the floor. The foul was deemed worthy of a purple flag by some in the Kiel camp, however Vide was allowed to proceed enjoying. Sagosen could not make it, with the Norwegian threatening to overlook out with a shoulder harm.
Coach Filip Djica now not likes to consider defending the title in the league. “If somebody offers up simply two factors and the competitors is chasing them, it could be absurd to say that the championship is in jeopardy,” stated the former world handball participant. What else is feasible for Kiel? Of course, THW nonetheless have title possibilities in the Champions League and the DHB Cup. In the Bundesliga, it is solely “about second place,” Dzhicha confirmed.
It will probably be very fascinating for second place. The three golf equipment path one another inside two factors, with the three heavyweights Kiel (38:10), Berlin (35:9) and Flensburg (35:11) nonetheless enjoying one another at occasions – and it is nonetheless about two straight Champions League locations . None of those three desires to take fourth place.