Because the Darmstadt manager Lieberknecht doesn’t want to be a fortune teller

Even a win against Paderborn would not necessarily help SV Darmstadt 98. On the final day of play, even the fourth-placed lilies depend on the competition’s error to be able to intervene again in the race for promotion. However, coach Torsten Lieberknecht is optimistic.

Darmstadt manager Torsten Lieberknecht sees pressure in Hamburg and Bremen.
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“Something extraordinary can happen because we are capable of it,” the Lilien manager said Friday. His team gave up the small lead with the 1: 2 in Düsseldorf and slipped from second to fourth and everyone was a bit stunned after the defeat.

But you pulled yourself out of this low, preparing for the last league game of the season with fun, but at the same time with calm and focus. Now the pressure is on Hamburg and Bremen. They would know they could get something big, but they could also lose a lot. “We’re still there as Klette.”

Patric Pfeiffer is injured

What he said happened, that the decision was made on the last day of play. On another point, however, he doesn’t hope for his visionary abilities: “I also talked about the stupid fourth place before starting here,” he said. “I don’t hope to get better as I guess.”

The Lilies still lack Fabian Schnellhardt (tight muscle) and Aaron Seydel (calf problems) against variable and strong Paderborn players, as well as Klaus Gjasula after the yellow and red card in Düsseldorf. In the case of Schnellhardt and Seydel, however, Lieberknecht did not rule out the possibility that they could be made available in the event of relegation. There is a question mark about using Patric Pfeiffer, who injured himself in training while on horseback and was examined on Friday.

Several options for replacing Gjasula

According to Lieberknecht, no decision has yet been made on how to replace Gjasula in the defensive midfield. This situation has often had to be intercepted, said the coach in view of the various suspensions and absences due to illness of the Albanian in the current season. Tobias Kempe and Marvin Mehlem would be an option for an attacking tandem in midfield.

Gjasula is more similar in type to Nemanja Celic, who is available again after a kidney injury. Central defender Jannik Müller would be the most defensive option for the position ahead of the defense. But the young Clemens Riedel (18) has already demonstrated his abilities in this position. “Anyone who takes the field has 1000 percent confidence, like everyone else in this fantastic team,” said Lieberknecht.

“Then we’ll see you in the first division”

Sunday against Paderborn they do not want to show the interim results of the other places – unless there is “dramatically a time when you have to do something”.

There will also be no farewells to the players before the game. “Every player in the squad will be brought with us when we are promoted. You can assume he will continue,” said Lieberknecht. He explicitly called Leon Müller (no seasonal presence) and Adrian Stanilewicz (three appearances). “They’ll all be taken to the first division. I made them that promise.”

Even though Lieberknecht was deliberately relaxed during the entire press conference on Friday, he would have preferred to answer the last question first. “In which league will Darmstadt 98 play next season?” he wanted to know a reporter. “They can choose. Where they think we belong.” But the questioner did not give up until Lieberknecht finally replied: “Then we will see each other in the first division, because it is their wish, and ours too.”

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