Holstein Kiel welcomes defending champions FC Bayern Munich in the second round of the DFB Cup on Wednesday. Fin Bartels wants to make the big sensation possible with his storks and has already identified “one or two small” weaknesses in the big favorite.
“I think we are not fantasies or weirdos. We know how to classify things clearly. The balance of power is clearly defined in advance,” said Kiel’s managing director Uwe Stöver am Sky Micro the distribution of roles for the upcoming duel against the triple winner.
Cup surprises “keep coming back”
Is a cup surprise against the big FC Bayern even possible? The probability of this tending towards zero for disturbances. Conversely, this means that the chance is not “zero” either. Because: Cup surprises against FC Bayern Munich “happen every now and then.”
The veteran Fin Bartels sees it similarly. The 33-year-old returned to his youth club from Werder Bremen last season. Born in Kiel, he went through various North German youth teams from 2004 to 2007 and finally made the leap to the professionals.
Kiel’s defensive bulwark against Bavaria asked
At Holstein, the former U21 national player has a considerable share (eight scorer points in 14 games) in the third place he deserves in the 2nd Bundesliga. In the exclusive Sky Interview talks the ex-Werderaner about a possible sensation against Bayern.
How does the crowd’s darling intend to solve this difficult task? The left winger is primarily concerned with “converting the anticipation into full concentration and tackling the task with self-confidence.”
His team must always “believe in their own strengths” and “show what we can do ourselves.” With only 14 conceded goals, the Kiel are the best defense in the 2nd Bundesliga. Exactly this strength will be in demand against the offensive power of FC Bayern (46 goals in the current BL season).
Flick praises storks
Bayern coach Hansi Flick knows that Holstein is in a good mood. At the press conference before the north-south duel, the 55-year-old declared that he had followed his upcoming opponent well. For the native of Heidelberg, the storks are a team with a “clear idea” that “can quickly go down from possession.”
For the master coach, Holstein “rightly established himself at the top in the second division.” The bottom line is that after the 2: 3 bankruptcy against Gladbach, the record champions are faced with a “task that is approached with the necessary respect”.
Bartels is also aware that the Munich team has not always shone in the past few weeks: “Bayern may have one or two small weaknesses every now and then. We have to take advantage of them coldly – if they show them.” However, his team must first work out these weaknesses.
Bartels wants to go ahead
For this, a clear concept is required: “Work a lot against the ball and try to win the ball yourself through duels and then switch well.”
With the experience of 170 games in the upper house (Hansa Rostock, FC St. Pauli and Werder Bremen) Bartels would like to lead the way with his team. In a game like this it is important “to remain courageous, regardless of the setbacks.”
Holstein coach Ole Werner agrees: Although the probability of advancement “at the start of the game is probably not too high”, the plan still has to be “to try, with a good performance, to increase the chances in the course of the game “.
The 32-year-old instructor also emphasizes reflecting on one’s own strengths. The basic building block for a surprise is “the focus on your own skills and performance.”
Should it be Kiel on Wednesday evening (from 8:30 p.m. live on Sky Sport 1) manage to exploit Bayern’s “one or two” weaknesses, the big favorite for the title could be eliminated for the first time since 2004 (1: 2 defeat against Alemannia Aachen) against a team from the 2nd division (or lower).
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