“We must not make ourselves smaller than we are”, it had to come out of “the chest”, and the remaining 15 games “should feel like Finals”: After his return to the Bundesliga, Thomas Doll tried so much to generate at Hannover 96 spirit of optimism. After his first 90 minutes on the side line is clear: the first endgame is lost. And with the change of mood is, for the time being thoroughly abused lungs.

0:3 (0:1) lost to Hannover on Friday evening at home of RB Leipzig. Marcel’s neck tenberg met by foul penalty (45.+3 Minute), Willi Orban twice (64./85.), more and more opportunities to Leipzig left unused. Shot record: 5:19, out of which came the hosts, one on goal, at RB there were eight.

“what time is jump over the spark?”

“I thought during the game: when to jump, finally, about the spark? I had to swallow a couple of Times. This is too little,” said Doll after the game. The optimism he had sought since his departure last Sunday, seemed to have vanished.

“We must see that there is a bit more Power coming in. Because the train must go in now. It was a cold North must be said to the wind in the training sessions”, Doll. This train to the Training to introduce, he has not apparently yet. At least was felt against Leipzig from a change of coach effect. The heads of his players will not be free, said Doll: “This certainly has something to do with all the negative experiences of the last weeks and months”.

professionals from Hannover 96: “not dynamic”

Doll criticized the physical condition of some players. “In the one or the other must be at the level of fitness worked.” Is why we first analyze the game data from the game against RB, but: “We have no enforcement. No one is going with dynamics to the front. We need to make it now that we show a different face in the League again, win games.”

The managed 96 for the last time in November 2018, at a 2:1 in the lower Saxony Derby against Wolfsburg. From the nine games after the Team took two points.

An even worse balance sheet is currently just the 1. FC Nuremberg, has been waiting 13 Games to be a success. Only Nuremberg has played a game less than 96, in the afternoon, the Club meets at home to Werder Bremen (15.30 clock, live Ticker SPIEGEL ONLINE, TV: Sky).


one of Leipzig’s coach Ralf Rangnick had led Hannover 96 once in the Bundesliga. He made his former club courage. “What gives hope, are the results and scores of the other teams. Maybe this year, even 30 points to become the third-last.” That would mean to avoid the direct relegation and the Relegation.

succeed at That, Doll, is not unrealistic. And that the ideas of the new Coach will be not implemented after only a week of his team, is not uncommon. Not a lot of time but remains a Doll. The next round is a key game from 96. Then Hannover has a home game. The opponent is 1. FC Nürnberg.


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