Florian Kettemer can rely on his Intuition. On Sunday, he looked, as Bremerhaven and Nürnberg in their duel the next opponent of the polar bear. "Because I anyway had the feeling that it is Munich," said the Berlin defenders on Tuesday after the workout and had to smile. To do this, you need to know: Kettemer was champion in the last three years with RB Munich respectively – nobody in the Team of the polar bear knows the next opponent is better.
That it is a pleasure for him to meet from Wednesday to his old colleagues, of which one must assume. Whether this is also true for the Rest of the team, however, is at least questionable. Against Munich, Berlin have lost in the past year, the final series, in 2017 in the semi-finals came. Only six out of 24 matches in the last three seasons, the polar bears won. "Munich is the favourite, but we take on the role of the outsider," says coach Stéphane Richer.
in the face of so many Games against each other, there is between the Teams hardly secrets. "We know how Munich plays, and know how we play," says Richer. In the case of Don Jackson, that sounds quite similar: "Many of our players were in the finals last year against the bears and have won the title. We know what to do,“ said the coach of Bayern in the run-up to the series.
The could games a maximum of seven and up to 31. March take. The Munich start on Wednesday at home (19.30 hrs/live at Magenta sport) and could also ride a potentially make-or-break seventh duel in front of a private audience. The Play-off series took place in the last two years, always following the same pattern: The Berlin surprised, could not initially confirm with an away victory, their first success, but then home.
in 2017 and 2018, the polar bears won game one in Munich
at Least the polar bears are in the rhythm, yet on Friday they were in their Pre-Play-off series. Munich on the other hand had a ten-day break since the end of the main round. "For us it was an advantage to play in the Pre-Play-offs, because we have gained more self-confidence," says Richer. Don Jackson is preparing for a few days off since last Thursday with the Team to the quarter-finals. "We only think game by game," he says.
it is This mentality that Florian Kettemer is familiar with. For him, the sounds almost the same, because: "In the Play-offs I lose all sense of time, because I always look only to the next game." A few more questions he needs to answer these days, however, and if you of his or her own coach, must Kettemer be a bit more specific. Richer wants to use its Munich-based Expertise for its preparation. In addition, 32-Year-old is a leading player in the polar bear, "because he goes with its setting and be a role model for the young players," Richer finds.
Even if it is likely to be due to the variety of Encounter no Surprises, the Berlin Coach has identified a couple of things, he was in advance of his focus. "Donny always play the same System. But perhaps Munich is no longer playing in this season quite so quickly. You have more big and strong player,“ says Richer. Nevertheless, Jackson had the game team is still a dangerous Shift. "Therefore, we must not spend so much time in their own third and need to make the right decisions in the offensive Zone."
Overall, the polar bears look however especially. According to the most recent Successes, the back is self-confidence. "We have found new fun in ice hockey. Since we're looking at it not so, anyone who plays against us,“ said Kettemer. A few tactical differences to the series against Straubing, there are then but. Basically, the bill is very simple: "Whoever makes less mistakes will win," says Richer.More about
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Recently, have not increased the polar bear in all respects, the very great challenges in the past few weeks athletic. With Munich first real hardness test. In game one, it will show the extent to which the Berliners are actually strengthened and, possibly, the Challenger of the reigning Champions, they wanted to be from the beginning of the season. "It was not a good season from us. But the cards are now reshuffled," said Florian Kettemer and added: "We want to be German Champions." If anyone knows how to do it, then he.