DFB Cup: Does the “weather god” assist? Saarbrücken's worries earlier than the semi-finals | EUROtoday

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Now it simply can’t “rain pitchforks,” as they are saying in Saarland. The explosive derby in opposition to 1. FC Kaiserslautern is for 1. FC Saarbrücken already “a game of the century”. In view of the renewed heavy rain at Easter, it’s not but one hundred pc sure whether or not the DFB Cup semi-final on Tuesday night (8.45 p.m./ARD and Sky) may even kick off as deliberate. “We doubt the weather gods,” stated Saarbrücken’s press spokesman Peter Müller. “It’s the cup and it’s raining in Saarbrücken.”

What looks like a nasty April Fool's joke is pure seriousness for the third division membership. Because within the days earlier than the semi-finals, there was much less speak of the distinctive Berlin alternative for 2 outsiders or the particular derby problem for them police the main focus is on Ludwigspark and its infamous pitfalls.

After the short-term cancellation of the quarter-final in opposition to Gladbach and the replay of the sport in generally questionable circumstances, they worry Saarland one other embarrassment on a giant stage. If referee Marco Fritz decides on Tuesday that the pitch will not be playable, the FCS would additionally lose residence rights for a catch-up sport. To play or to not play? The garden in Saarbrücken will appear to be a roulette sport within the on line casino in spring 2024.

“Playable lawn” desired

The third division workforce tried all the things to get the pitch entering into time. The league sport in opposition to Rot-Weiss Essen had been postponed. 4,000 holes have additionally been punched into the garden and crammed with fantastic sand in order that the moisture is absorbed. The membership has had issues with its taking part in floor for months – and at a nasty time. Over Easter An enormous tarpaulin over the garden ought to now assist.

Head coach Rüdiger Ziehl is assured and isn’t involved with different eventualities. «If issues don't get excessive, the place has a playable grass space. Then it should work that we will play. I used to be stunned that the place was in good situation,” stated Ziehl on Easter Monday. He had beforehand taken a take a look at the sq. for himself on Holy Saturday.

Greenkeepers and police required

In explicit, the vital factors of the Gladbach sport now appeared good, because the coach famous. The friends from the Palatinate are additionally optimistic that it will likely be doable to play. “A few days off, a tarp over the place. Maybe they’ll also put a UV light on it,” stated Marlon Ritter. The Lauter professionals know: Completely totally different golf equipment have already found this pitch this season: champions FC Bayern, cup finalists Eintracht Frankfurt and Gladbach.

Not solely the greenkeepers, but in addition the law enforcement officials can be massively challenged on Tuesday. The fan teams of the 2 golf equipment are thought-about enemies, and extra police forces from Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse, Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria have been introduced. The purpose is to strictly separate the 2 fan teams. The FCS additionally introduced stricter entry controls than regular.

Nobody desires to be favourite

And the game? Almost light into the background in view of the opposite matters. Saarbrücken can develop into the primary third division workforce in 23 years to succeed in the cup remaining, which takes place on May twenty fifth Berlin takes place. “This thing that we can go to Berlin is already in our heads. “You build up a feeling like that and you don’t want to let it go,” stated goalkeeper Tim Schreiber. Ziehl stated: “It is extremely special for us.”

The FCK with skilled coach Friedhelm Funkel, who won’t use the just lately injured striker Ragnar Ache, may attain the ultimate in Berlin for the primary time since 2003. “We are actually wanting ahead to Tuesday and can attempt to shock there, as a result of we’re going to Saarbrücken as outsiders. I'm fully critical,” stated the 70-year-old Funkel, justifying this with the Saarlanders' current cup successes.

Saarbrücken's coach Ziehl dismissed Funkel's feedback as a tactic. «If I had heard this for the primary time right this moment, I might have thought it was an April Fool's joke. You can't purchase something for the victories in opposition to Bayern, Frankfurt and Gladbach. “That has no relevance for tomorrow’s game,” stated Ziehl. The opponent within the remaining on May twenty fifth is the winner of the sport between Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen and Fortuna Düsseldorf. The second semi-final takes place on Wednesday (8.45 p.m./ZDF and Sky).

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