Playing for Pride
Bundesliga 2nd Division 1860 Munich vs. Dynamo Dresden
Grünwalder Strasse, Munich, March 22 – With eight games of the season remaining, any hopes of promotion have disappeared for TSV 1860 München after a poor run of recent results that included a 4-1 drubbing by SpVgg Greuther Fürth last weekend. Now, on a very tight budget, the Lions are already preparing for next season.
So what is left to play for in the current campaign? “We want to collect more points at the end of the season so that we don’t end up in tenth place,” says 1860 coach Reiner Maurer, who has set his side a target of sixty points by early May.
That means earning 17 points from a possible 24, an ambitious feat they hope to start on Friday evening when they travel to Dynamo Dresden, who last tasted defeat at home back in November when Erzgebirge Aue shocked them in a come-from-behind 2-1 win. Jan Hochscheidt scored both Aue goals that day.
So could it be a chance for the fringe players to show what they do? “It’s a good chance for the younger players to experience some time on the pitch at this level. Striker Bobby Wood along with defenders Jonatan Kotzke and Philipp Steinhart [could get to play].”
One player that has impressed with relatively little time on the pitch is Maximilian Nicu who signed from SC Freiburg in January. In the absence of injured duo Daniel Halfar and Djorde Rakic, the German-born Romanian international has been asked to fil-inl at left-midfield when clearly his vision and skill would be better utilized as a playmaker in central areas.
Maurer has praise for his new acquisition. “Maxi possesses high quality even though he hasn’t been able to show it. After the long break he’s lost some self-confidence and the connection to the team. I am sure that he will contribute to the team in the future.”
The big news this week is that Stefan Aigner will leave Munich in the summer and move to promotion hopefuls Eintracht Frankfurt. His reasons are personal, citing that playing in the top flight is the most important thing for him and with Eintracht it will likely give him more opportunity to achieve those goals.
He’ll be a massive loss to the TSV though and is unlikely to be replaced in the transfer market. Promoting talent from the youth squad seems more likely when money is tight.