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Focus on SSV Jahn Regensburg
On Sunday, the Löwen play their next home game. At 13:30 CET, Torsten Lieberknecht’s men take on SSV Jahn Regensburg in EINTRACHT-STADION. The in-form visitors have been racking up the points consistently for several weeks and, on 36 points, this Sunday’s opponents are just one point off the promotion play-off place.
A march through from the ‚Regionalliga‘ (fourth division) through to Germany’s second-flight – a feat that SSV Jahn Regensburg can look back on with pride. In the 2015/2016 season, the Bavarians overcame VfL Wolfsburg’s reserves in the promotion play-off for ‘3. Liga’ spot. A year later, Jahn pulled off the same feat, this time overcoming TSV 1860 München at the final hurdle to move into the ‚2. Bundesliga’. For all the joy of their achievements, Regensburg did have to deal with a prominent departure. Success-bringing coach Heiko Herrlich parted company with the club to take on the job in Leverkusen. His successor, 50-year old Achim Beierlorzer, have been Under 19 coach at RB Leipzig and was intermittently caretaker-coach of the club’s professionals.
The new second-division season began somewhat soberly for SSV, who had just nine points to their credit after eleven games and found themselves in 15th place in the table. Those responsible at the club however remained calm – and rightly so! Eleven games further on, Regensburg had some 33 points to their credit – losing only one game during the period. Last weekend, Jahn claimed a further three points, stunning coming from 0-3 behind at home to promotion hopefuls Düsseldorf, to eventually earn a 4-3 victory in a truly spectacular tie.
Captain Grüttner steers the ship
Jahn’s amazing comeback last weekend was symbolic of one of Regensburg’s greatest strengths this season: An impressive mix of team-spirit and moral. At the back, Marvin Knoll is having a strong season – with the 27 year old also making his mark in the offensive, scoring four and providing five assists. The clear top-scorer amongst the Löwen’s next opponents is Marco Grüttner: The veteran front-man has netted ten and provided five assists. The attacker has been almost an ever-present for Regensburg both in the league and in the DFB-Cup, notching up more active playing minutes than any other squad member.
Löwen seek second successive home win
Achim Beierlorzer’s men are well capable of turning a tie – which the Löwen knew of before SSV’s achievement against Düsseldorf. In the first half of the season, the Blau-Gelben took the lead in Regensburg through Joseph Baffo, but were left on the receiving end of a 2-1 defeat following goals from Marco Grüttner and Jonas Nietfeld. By the end of the match, Torsten Lieberknecht had just eight men on the pitch, with Eintracht receiving three red cards. No question, the Blau-Gelben will be eager to assure a better outcome in front of their home fans this Sunday: Following the 1-0 win over Union Berlin a fortnight ago, the Löwen could claim their second home victory of 2018.
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