Lions hoping to extend winning run
Grünwalder Strasse, Munich – Over the last five matches, TSV 1860 Munich sit on top of the Bundesliga second division form charts with a perfect record. The last time they tasted a league defeat was way back in early November, some four months ago! Since then, they have recorded 7 wins, 1 draw and zero defeats.
It’s a tremendous run of results which has put an air of confidence around the club and has Lions fans roaring again.
“It´s impossible for 1860 to win every game in the second half of the season so nobody should be disappointed if we win only 16 games and tie one of the 17 games,” claims head coach Reiner Maurer.
“Die Löwen” have ground out some important wins, even though at times they have ridden their luck. The top four teams have all recorded wins so far this week and that now means that SpVgg Greuther Fürth top the table, nine points clear of 1860 in 6th place. A win on Monday night at home to 5th place St. Pauli will really set the Munich on their way to a top three finish and a chance for promotion to the top flight.
Maurer will not underestimate his visitors but still has aspirations of moving his side up the table. “We want to win against St. Pauli to reach 5th place in the league but they are very strong on the road. Their counter-attacks are deadly and all 11 players are always working against the ball,” said the head coach.
The tactical approach to such a big game like this takes some thinking about and Maurer is taking his time to make sure the strategy is right. “Kevin Volland will play tomorrow but I don´t know yet how we play tomorrow,” referred Maurer to the return of the young German from a yellow card suspension. “It could be that it´s the same starters as I used for the Düsseldorf game.” That game was played in Munich two weeks ago with Sechzig winning that battle 2-1.
It should be a great game and @Tony_SportEagle will be tweeting live updates from the Allianz Arena during the match.
Since 1860 Munich lost 3-1 to VfL Bochum on November 5, 2011, the Lions have recorded 7 wins and 1 draw to stay in within reach of the promotion battle.
W 1-0 at FC Ingolstadt 04, Nov 18
W 2-1 vs Eintracht Frankfurt, Nov 26
D 2-2 at Alemannia Aachen, Dec 4
W 3-0 vs Braunschweig, Dec 9
W 3-1 at Karlruher SC, Dec 17
W 2-0 vs FC Energie Cottbus, Feb 6
W 2-1 vs Fortuna Dusseldorf, Feb 19
W 1-0 at 1. FC Union Berlin, Feb 24