Krefeld The 32-year-old Ghanaian had muscular problems before the game at Borussia Mönchengladbach II. The Uerdinger want to throw their passion into the scales in the unequal duel – and thus score again.
When the KFC Uerdingen and Borussia Mönchengladbach II compete against each other on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Grenzlandstadion, two worlds collide. On the one hand the battered guests who were only able to put together a team a week before the championship kick-off and started the season almost without preparation; on the other hand, the talent shed of a Bundesliga club who has the best conditions – not only financially, but also in terms of personnel and infrastructure. And yet both teams have something in common.
On the one hand there is Heiko Vogel, who worked as a coach in Uerdingen in 2019 and is now responsible for the substructure of the Bundesliga club, on the other hand the experience with Rot-Weiß Oberhausen, because both have already played against this opponent. The Uerdinger lost at the start of the season in the Niederrheinstadion 0: 6, Borussia II last Saturday 2: 3. Can we deduce from this that the foals are stronger than the blue-red ones?
Coach Dmitry Voronov does not see any automatism in this and refers to the time aspect, which plays a major role for him. “We always said that we would have a hard time in the first few weeks because we didn’t have the preparation,” he says. “But we’re seeing development and we’re on the right track, as the 0-0 draw against Alemannia Aachen showed.”
The point win without conceding a goal was quite a positive surprise after the previously suffered 8-2 disgrace at 1. FC Köln II – only not for Voronov. “It was clear that without preparation we would be in the red at the end of the English week,” he explains. “Against Aachen we were a week ahead and noticeably fresher.” But also defensively more stable, to which the two new defenders Pepijn Schlösser and Jesse Sierck contributed. You will of course be there again in Mönchengladbach. “If you haven’t conceded a goal, it makes little sense to change the back four,” says Voronov.
On the offensive, however, he is forced to make a change. Charles Atsina, who stayed in the dressing room against Aachen for the break, is so troubled by muscular problems that he has to pass on Saturday. As an alternative, Justin Neiß, who provided a breath of fresh air against Alemannia, or Joshua Yeboah offer themselves. The newly signed Ji-Hwan Yun, however, is not yet eligible to play.
The Uerdingen, who celebrated their first point win against Aachen, want to continue seamlessly. “We want to win every game and show just as passionate a performance as we did against Aachen,” says Voronov. “If we continue to develop in this way, we will also score points. You can tell that the team wants more. ”It is this hunger for success and the will to fight that not only put the KFC fans down, but also inspire them. Over 300 fans will accompany and support the team and thus probably create a home game atmosphere.