SV Wehen Wiesbaden are away to SSV Jahn Regensburg on Saturday 15 February (kick-off 13:00 CET). The Red & Blacks have positive memories of the region, having successfully gotten the better of FC Ingolstadt in the relegation play-off. "However, our last match against Regensburg hit us very hard," said head coach Rüdiger Rehm at the press conference prior to the return fixture. "We'll be looking to make amends."
Personnel matters: There was good news to report from the Red & Black camp: Patrick Schönfeld is increasingly able to train with the team, while Jules Schwadorf is set to return to team training at some point in the next few weeks too. Those two and Marc Wachs aside, Rehm has a full squad at his disposal. Meanwhile, Moritz Kuhn and new signing Sidney Friede are on the right track, according to the coach of the Red & Blacks. "Mo is a very important player for us on the right flank when he's back to 100 percent. But Sebastian Mrowca is currently fulfilling that role very well." The same can be said of his team-mates, who are well-versed. Hence why "Sid" is still waiting for his opportunity. "He's a young player with potential for development. I'm optimistic that we'll see him on the pitch," declared the SVWW coach.
The scenario: "The match against Bochum really hurt us," admitted Rehm. The head coach and defender Benedikt Röcker agreed that the main missing ingredient that day was efficiency. "In terms of attitude and passion, there was a lot on show," said Rehm as he sought to underline the positives from the last match.
Outlook: The last matchday did not go according to plan for SV Wehen Wiesbaden's next opponents either: Jahn Regensburg were on the end of a 6-0 defeat at the hands of the outstanding league leaders Arminia Bielefeld. "The decisive factor will be who does the best job of letting out their anger," the SVWW boss concluded. He added that there were lots of possibilities in terms of his starting XI – and that the lads from the Bochum game would get another chance "not only to play football, but to be effective too".
The opposition: "Jahn have an incredibly good mentality. My colleague is doing a very good job, the team is stable," said the coach of the Red & Blacks, adding that Regensburg play at a high tempo, are hard-running, show aggression and have a very good attack. However, SSV Jahn will be without their main goal-getter Marco Grüttner, who is suspended, on Saturday. "We need to ensure that we keep their defence busy," said Rehm, who is primarily focused on his own team.
Here's what Benedikt Röcker had to say: Benno has stated himself that he feels good. "I can sense the trust of the coaching staff." And the experienced defender knows what the key factors will be going forward. "We need to deliver everything each weekend, give 100 percent from the first minute to the last, and then we'll be rewarded with points."
Man of the Match: As always, you have the opportunity to vote for your Man of the Match. Simply cast your vote in the Match Center on the SVWW website anytime between kick-off and midnight on the day of the game and win a shirt signed by the Man of the Match!