His first home game as coach of Füchse Berlin? Didn't Velimir Petkovic forget, of course. "That was against Goppingen," says the 62-Year-old. "At the time, a very special game for me," he adds. Because Petkovic has lived for nearly a decade, in Swabia, and worked, before it dragged him to the old days in the big city, after Berlin. "But I am enough of a professional, to exclude," says the Coach in front of the new duel of the Berlin Bundesliga handball against Göppingen on Thursday evening (19 PM, Max-Schmeling-Halle and live on Sky).
For warm words has Petkovic also therefore little to be desired, because he must deal in the Moment with himself and his team. The Central question before the home game on may 25. Round is: To whom Petkovic, whom the Berliners can use in the fight for the Europa League places anyway? "You know me", says Petkovic on Tuesday in a journalists ' round, "I don't like it, complain and howl, who is missing everything". But then he lists a half-dozen players who can not participate: in addition to the usual Suspects got it this time Jakov Gojun with a flu, the defense chief of the Berlin.
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"We don't have the quality, we are in the season gone," says Petkovic, "many important people are missing, this is probably my fate here". After all, the national player Fabian Wiede returns to auskurierter hand contusion in the squad. Gojuns failure Berliner but at an inopportune time - because directly after the game against the table, the next direction from Göppingen by the end of the game is up: on Saturday, the foxes in the EHF-Cup in St. Raphael.More about
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A victory against the French would mean the first place in the group stage - and for a less demanding opponent in the quarter-finals. But even a narrow defeat in the EHF Cup so far undefeated Berlin would have no disastrous consequences, because they won the first leg with four goals difference. "We think now, on Thursday," says Petkovic, "then we are to rise Friday in the flyer and think about St. Raphael".