Magdeburg (dpa / mv) - At the second division soccer team 1. FC Magdeburg, people speak with great respect about the next opponent Holstein Kiel. "This is an established second division team that has very high-quality players, who appear compact and are very good at moving sides," said FCM coach Christian Titz on Friday. In the match on Sunday (1.30 p.m. / Sky), on the other hand, Magdeburg has to compensate for numerous failures.
Mohammed El Hankouri and Alexander Bittroff, whose muscular problems do not allow them to play, are added to the already long list of injuries. It remains to be seen whether director Baris Atik can appear. His ligament injury does not allow normal training. "We're always thinking about how we can get him for the games. Of course he always wants to play and is a difference player for us. But it's open week after week whether he can play," said Titz.
After the clear 4-0 defeat in the DFB Cup against Eintracht Frankfurt, FCM placed value on converting opportunities. In all games of the season, Magdeburg had more possession than the opponent, but fewer deals. You have to use the opportunities you develop, demanded the coach, who now wants to celebrate his first home win after the success in Karlsruhe.
Titz is looking forward to seeing Kiel's Fiete Arp and Lewis Holtby again. "It is well known that I have an exceptionally good relationship with both of them," said the coach, who worked with both players at Hamburger SV for a long time and appreciates their skills very much.