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SCHULTZ: "FANS ARE WHAT MAKE OUR CLUB AND THE MATCHDAY ATMOSPHERE SO SPECIAL"

Just one game left at the Millerntor and a trip to Regensburg, and then the season is over. Ahead of the final home fixture of the campaign on Sunday (15:30 CET), head coach Timo Schultz took time out on Friday morning to talk to the media about opponents Hannover 96 and much more besides.

Timo Schultz on…

…the personnel situation: "Daniel-Kofi Kyereh and Tore Reginiussen will resume full training today but we'll have to wait and see whether they'll be ready in time for Sunday and are really 100 per cent match fit. Marvin Knoll has a back problem unfortunately and can't train. Otherwise, everyone who's here is able to train."

…the quarantine training camp: "One of the main reasons we're here in Herzlake is that we're completely on our own. There's just a couple of horse opposite. It's all very green and spacious, which gives you a certain freedom to move around without the risk of entering into contact with other people. It's been fun so far, and the lads are enjoying it, too. There's plenty to do here, it's going a bit in the direction of team building. We've started holding conversations with the lads and are using the time to exchange views about what's been good and what we want different from them. It's a good opportunity for me and the coaching team to review the campaign, do an analysis and draw conclusions for next season. I won't get bored here. Everyone's in a good mood and they've enjoyed the time here so far."

…opponents Hannover 96: "With the squad they've got they were expecting to be much higher up in the table. They have above-average quality, especially in attack. In Marvin Ducksch they have a striker in their ranks who has scored 14 goals and is someone we know all about, of course. They never really got going this season. I can't say why that is from afar. They're strong opponents who produced an excellent performance at Kiel recently. For me they're capable of beating anyone in the league, including us. We have to be absolutely on our guard. We're looking forward to a cool final game at the Millerntor where we'll do our utmost to take all three points."

…the dramatic reverse fixture with the last-minute winner from Igor Matanović: "It was certainly one of the most emotional moments of the season, and perhaps the turning point alongside the oft-mentioned half-time at Würzburg. We were finally able to claim our reward in the shape of three points for what was largely a good performance. Those three points, which came on the back of good performances against Kiel and Würzburg, were a kind of release for the team."

Head coach Timo Schultz celebrates after the cathartic second victory of the season at Hannover, a result that brought a 13-game winless run to an end.

Head coach Timo Schultz celebrates after the cathartic second victory of the season at Hannover, a result that brought a 13-game winless run to an end.

…ending in front of empty stands again: "It really is a blemish, if you can put it like that, for me in my first season in charge and for all the lads, who've been superb all year, that we haven't been able to play in front of a packed Millerntor. We only had fans in twice. There's no replacing them. It's especially a shame for those players who may only be here for a year and have never played in front of a sell-out crowd. One of my biggest wishes for next year is that the fans will be allowed in again as soon as possible. It's what makes our club and the matchday atmosphere so special. The fans are a huge part of this club. I believe there are a number of games we wouldn't have lost or drawn in the first half of the season if we'd had fans in the ground."

 

Photos: Witters

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