After a victorious home match against Göppingen, it's time for the MT Melsungen to get its bags packed again for the seven matchday in the DKB Handball Bundesliga. This time the journey heads to Saxony, where the SC DHfK Leizig (currently 10th on the table) await. Throw-off is Saturday in Arena Leipzig at 7 pm. The mission: continue the trend toward improvement and fetch those two points! – Latest update: The previously announced Radio HNA live broadcast has been cancelled due to an auto accident. The alternative: The Internet live stream at www.leutzscher-welle.de
Käsler archive photo from last season: Nenad Vuckovic shot five goals in Leipzig.
After a well-deserved 31-27 victory against Frisch Auf Göppingen last weekend, the MT can head into the 300 kilometre journey to the Saxon metropolis with their heads held high. Even if the pressure has abated somewhat, the lads in red-and-white know that they can't just forget the poor start to the season. Or the importance of the two points from this match. No wonder then that Roth's team is firmly set on continuing its trend toward improvement in Leipzig as well.
"The month started well with the victory against Göppingen. This was the first match this season where we had our full roster available, and we used it to build up our self-confidence. We'll need just as strong a performance in Leipzig if we want to win. And that's what we intend to do", says Michael Roth.
The match against Göppingen gave hope on the one hand for the clever tactics and patient play on offence and for the improved efficiency on defence on the other. Although it should be noted that the two gents between the posts played a significant role there too. Both Svetislav Verkic and Johan Sjöstrand showed the catlike reflexes needed to set up the court players right.
For their part, the hosts in Leipzig look toward the MT with confidence as well. Their 10th place standing on the table boasts a better goal differential, showed that they've already learned a great deal in just their second year in the Bundesliga. The leader for Leipzig on offence is Andreas Rojewski. The Polish national player, who wore the Magdeburg shirt for the past 13 years, came to Christian Prokop's team after the Olympics. With 29 goals in five matches, he's currently the club's lead scorer.
"Last season we won both games against Leipzig easily, but the team has grown enormously in the past year. Just look at the scores from their matches. Anyone who can claim points in Magdeburg and push the title holders to the cusp of defeat deserves respect. We certainly won't underestimate them. But we also want to win every match. We're bound and determine to make up lost ground in October", the MT coach declared.
The MT team will only head to Leipzig on the matchday itself and stay in a short-term hotel near the arena. The lineup will be unchanged from the last match. That means the team is at full strength excepting Gabor Langshans. The centre right is still missing due to a patellar tendon issue.
Referees in Leipzig:
Nils Blümel / Jörg Loppaschewski (Berlin);?DHB Observer: Jörg Mahlich.
Two matches, two victories for MT Melsungen
27/12/2015: MT Melsungen - SC DHfK Leipzig 31-23
29/8/2015: SC DHfK Leipzig - MT Melsungen 21-32
Sports reporter Patrick Schumacher will call the match live from 7 pm at www.RadioHNA.de. Injury MT player Gabor Langhans will provide colour commentary. MT fan reporter Antje Langhorst will provide twitter updates www.twitter.com/mt_fanreporter.
Click below for the internet site of SC DHfK Leipzig.
Due to an auto accident involving Patrick Schuhmacher on the way to Leipzig, the previously announced live broadcast on Radio HNA has unfortunately been cancelled. Schuhmacher, who was not at fault in the incident, nevertheless came away in shock. The auto was heavily damaged. To follow the match live, check out the Internet livestream at www.leutzscher-welle.de.