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SCHULTZ TARGETS FIRST AWAY WIN

With the first international break of the season now over, the Boys in Brown return to league action at Hannover 96 on Saturday (13:30 CET). In the run-up, head coach Timo Schultz attended the customary pre-match news conference.

Timo Schultz on

...the injury situation: "Lukas Daschner is still in rehab but looks to be making good progress. Etienne Amenyido and Igor Matanović are back wearing boots on the training ground and also taking the next steps. Eric Smith is the only new casualty compared with our last game. He wasn't able to train during the international break due to a groin problem and won't be available for Hannover. Sebastian Ohlsson hadn't trained since March and is now entering full training. Having had no preparation, it's extremely strenuous for him and after some very high-intensity sessions, he may need an extra day's rest. His injury has essentially healed, though, so we're on the right track. We have to get Seb in the shape where he's ready to play, which may mean the odd session or two away from training with the rest of the squad. Luca Zander has resumed full training and I expect him to be fit to play, though in Jannes Wieckhoff we have someone who stood in for him very well against Regensburg."

...not having won away for 156 days: "We came close to winning at Aue. At Paderborn, we got a red card relatively early and were a man down virtually the whole game yet had good chances to win it. You have to see each game individually. I don't see that big a difference between home and away games. We showed we can away from home last year and it'll be the same this year. Ideally, we'll make a start this weekend."

...opponents Hannover: "It'll be a good test against a side who haven't found the right mix so far this season and brought in a few players towards the end of the transfer period. They made intensive use of the international break with a friendly and lots of workouts. They've proclaimed a new start and will be out to turn things round against us. We'll have to be wide awake from the off and hold our own by bringing our own strengths to the pitch. I think it has the potential to be a good game. We'll have more than 1,000 away fans with us, and we want to give them a performance and take the three points back to Hamburg with us, if possible."

...Hannover's attack: "They still have an outstanding attacking department even though Marvin Ducksch has left. Linton Maina, Florent Muslija are dangerous in front of goal and decent dribblers on the wing. They also have Philipp Ochs and two fantastic centre-forwards and target men up front in Lukas Hinterseer and Hendrik Weydandt. When they find their feet, they'll have a potent strike force. They haven't quite managed that yet, though, as the table shows. I hope it'll stay that way for another game."

...going into the game as possible favourites: "In the second division, no team can go into a game saying they're clear favourites. We're on a good run and have ten points to our name and it's clear we're going to Hannover to win. I expect us to face a team who are highly motivated and will throw everything at it having certainly made good progress during the international break. We start at 0-0 and will have to go flat out to get a result."

 

Photos: Witters

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