Düsseldorf Daniel Theon meets his former employer in the square on Saturday. For nearly eleven months, the coach of Team Fortuna in Hamburg has been on vacation. However, he does wish that HSV was something that perhaps not everyone expected firsthand. What the 47-year-old expects from the match.
Exactly one year ago, the world of sports played by Daniel Teon was more than amazing. With Hamburg he was second in the table after 26 matches. Promotion to the Bundesliga seemed unrealistic. But after an international respite at the end of March, there was a slight recession. This went so far that Theon was relieved of his duties at the end of April.
The rest of the story is well known. HSV also missed out on a return to German football’s top flight under interim coach Horst Hrubesch. This season, the Hanseatic League led by coach Tim Walter is making another attempt. But this year too, Dino doesn’t seem to have the best hand. Seventh place speaks clear language. Although they still have a catch-up match against Erzgebirge Aue, the lead over the trio at the top of the table is already seven points.
For Daniel Teon, a year after his release, the sports world is more than in good shape again. He’s been standing on the command bridge in Fortuna for nearly a month now. Record: Five games 11 points. In no time at all, the 47-year-old managed to wake Dusseldorf out of a coma and leave the relegation ground in no time at all.
Now the risk of landing in this tight league is still not completely off-limits. Fortuna will need more wins to be able to completely eliminate these fears. If the coach is on his way, who has been back with the team since Tuesday after being isolated with Corona for one week, the next three can also be brought on Saturday (start: 1.30 pm) in his own suit.
The signs aren’t all that bad either. New vetted players join Fortuna for free every day. Matthias Zimmermann, Christoph Klarer, Andre Hoffmann, Dennis Gorka and Christopher Peterson returned to training on Wednesday afternoon. In the coming days, Fortuna expects other professionals to be able to end their isolation at home.
Doesn’t look too rosy for an opponent. Only last Saturday did the other professionals test positive. However, the Hanseatic League would be able to provide a powerful force. “HSV isn’t going to change much. He has to deliver brutally if he wants to keep up with promotion places,” Theon says when asked when asked.
The potential advantage that the coach of Fortuna still knows too well for the opponent is actually no longer one. Because HSV had another facelift before the season. “The team has fundamentally changed. Last season we used the pillar model. This year the focus is more on young players and on players who have already proven their quality elsewhere,” says Theon. “At the end of the day you will see if they are significantly more successful than they have been in previous years. I hope HSV will leave the league. The thing is really big and it has to be one floor down.”
Only on Saturday, when he wishes for one thing above all for the big HSV tournament: defeat in Düsseldorf.
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