Lions Focused on Frankfurt
Bundesliga 2nd Division 1860 Munich vs. FSV Frankfurt preview
Grünwalder Strasse, Munich, March 9 – On Saturday 1860 Munich will run out at the Frankfurter Volksbank Stadion where they are the visitors to FSV Frankfurt in the Bundesliga second division. The pressure is on for both sides in this game, but for very different reasons.
Sixth-placed Sechzig are enjoying an outstanding run of form. Amazingly they have gone 125 days without defeat (7 wins, 2 draws) and if they can extend their unbeaten run to 10, then they will be joining the leading sides in the promotion push. The top “party of five” are separated by only three points and are still playing musical chairs with the top spot, this week occupied by SpVgg Greuther Fürth.
The positivity amongst the Lions squad is obvious. “Previously we had no pressure on us,” says captain Benny Lauth. “Now it’s different, we want to challenge for a top place.”
Star winger Stefan Aigner, who is rumoured to be leaving for Nuremburg in the summer added, “we must win, negative thoughts are forbidden.”
It’ll be a busy week for “Die Löwen” who have to play their rescheduled match against Erzgebirge Aue on Wednesday evening. Aue narrowly beat FSV 4-3 in a thrilling game last weekend and to have scored 4 goals at home gives Sechzig something to consider when it comes to defending.
Coach Reiner Maurer has already stated that he will need to rotate his squad effectively if he is to maximise the potential points from playing three matches in eight days so he’ll need to get his tactical plan spot on.
“Most important is that we have to concentrate from the first second,” warns Maurer. “They are a dangerous group especially in the offense. Last season they were a surprise team and took points from us at their place.”
Just as the top of the table is a very close contest, the bottom of the table is too. Hovering one place and one point above the relegation play-off place are FSV Frankfurt. In contrast to their city neighbours Eintracht, who have a healthy +27 goal difference, FSV are negative 22 and have won just 4 of their 24 games this season.
A potentially season defining derby game at home to Fürth next weekend is a mouth-watering encounter that no Lions fan will want to miss. However, according to Maurer “none of our attention is on the match on Wednesday. We are focused on this match (vs. Frankfurt). We want to return home with three points therefore we have to play to our strengths – good combinations and fast up front.”