OFC: Ristic demands more readiness on the pitch against Hoffenheim

On the way to old strength: Denis Huseinbasic (front) could move on to the OFC offensive for the injured Florent Bojaj. In the 1-1 draw at RW Koblenz, the 20-year-old was one of the assets after being substituted on.

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Sreto Ristic, coach of the regional soccer division Kickers Offenbach, has once again emphasized that the season will not be a sure-fire success. Against TSG Hoffenheim II, he expects a “completely different” game than the last one at 1: 1 in Koblenz.

Offenbach – Dejan Bozic struggles with the word reparation. The center forward of the regional soccer division Kickers Offenbach thinks little of dealing too much with the past. After two games without a win (1: 2 against Ulm, 1: 1 in Koblenz), they wanted to “push our game on” this Friday (7pm) at TSG Hoffenheim II, said Bozic. “We have to find our way back to our old strengths.” To the strength that the OFC had in the first two games against FC Homburg (1-0) and at SV Elversberg (2-1).

Compactness, ball and pass security had recently been lost. OFC managing director Thomas Sobotzik had even noticed a certain uncertainty among the players and was amazed. Coach Sreto Ristic called this “perception”, but did not go into detail. From his point of view, the last game his team stood for at the beginning of the round was simply “not there”. But that has nothing to do with the opponents. “We have to look at ourselves more,” demanded the 45-year-old, who recently had a high error rate. Even simple passes over a few meters sometimes did not arrive.

According to Ristic, there can be different reasons for this. For example, the “readiness on the pitch”, which the coach had apparently been missing in part recently. After the first two games, some players would have thought: “Well, now it will run by itself.” Despite the perfect start (six points), Ristic had warned and emphasized that they were still developing. Setbacks like in the last two games are also part of it. After the verbal warning hadn’t brought anything, you had your experiences on the pitch, said Ristic, whose team recently had problems in Koblenz with the wildly approaching and sometimes tough opponents.

The home game against Hoffenheim II will be “completely different”, says Ristic. And Bozic adds: “We know what to expect.” Namely a typical first division reserve with “top-trained players”, according to the OFC trainer. “It’s a dynamic team that plays a lot of systems. Besides, you never know who is coming down from above. “

Personnel support from the professionals could use the reserve insofar as after the 1: 2 defeat against Elversberg the entire right side is canceled. Defender Niklas Kölle saw yellow-red, Michael Guthörl, who had initially acted before him, red.

But the OFC also has to reschedule externally. Left-back Ronny Marcos is out for the English week after the ligament injury in his ankle that he sustained in Koblenz, so also for the game next Tuesday in Kassel. In Koblenz he was replaced by the attacking Davud Tuma for almost half of the time, as his regular substitute Jayson Breitenbach had replaced Maik Vetter on the right at the break. It is quite possible that Breitenbach (left) and Vetter (right) will start against Hoffenheim. But then, in terms of personnel, not much should happen. In Vincent Moreno there is only one trained full-back in the squad, who has not yet made it into the matchday squad in the current round and has no practical experience in the regional league.

Despite the tense situation on the defensive outside positions, Ristic remains calm on the outside. In a pinch, central defender Moody Chana could help out there or, in addition to Tuma, also move Lucas Hermes to the back. “They are then 15 to 20 meters lower,” the trainer sees no problem. The filling of the full-back position (s) will not be the only change. In Florent Bojaj (hip contusion), another player who was in the starting line-up in Koblenz is out. The first contender is Denis Huseinbasic, who has obviously benefited from the short break and who was one of the assets after being substituted on. But Serkan Firat can theoretically hold the half position in midfield. However, since the 27-year-old winger has only been training with the team again since Tuesday after his ankle ligament injury, it is questionable whether he will be enough for the jump into the matchday squad today. (By Christian Düncher)

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