It was new territory for Timo Schultz. For the first time since he was coach of FC St Pauli, he was part of a face-to-face press conference. And the 44-year-old called with good news two days before the start of the league against 1. FC Nürnberg (Saturday, 1pm, live video on MOPO.de).
assumes that Adam Dzwigala’s training ends on Wednesday “It was purely a precautionary measure” for him to take part in training again and he will be ready for work on Saturday. This would be a huge relief, after all, the Pole is the seed, because only Yakov Medic will be available as a trained central defender.
St. Pauli would have liked more resistance in the endurance test against Astra
Otherwise, according to Schultz, “the whole team is fit and ready to go and is looking forward to the match against Nuremberg.” Of course there are still steps to be taken throughout the season, “but that’s always the case.” The last few weeks passed as planned, except for the quality of the final test competitor NK Istra (4:1): “We were hoping for more resistance. However, we were able to practice some good things there as well.”
As usual, Schultz doesn’t want to deal with expert advice (FC St. Pauli has no one on the list when it comes to promotion) or stats (Kiezklub has the youngest team in the league with an average age of 23.4 years). “It’s not something I use as a mentor,” he said, and couldn’t use the term “lucky bag” for his team, which was somewhat flipped compared to last year.
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“I’m not going to call us about this,” he explained despite his many departures. “We have many players in the team and on the pitch on Saturday who played with us last year, and they have experience in the second division and beyond.” You have a good foundation you can rely on.
And anyway: Schultz no longer grieves for the lost cast of last season: “I look forward to those here now, who may be able to write their own story.” Ideally with a positive first class on Saturday, because Timo Schulz also knows one thing: “A good start to the season is important for every team.”
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