Having lost the HSV match – in which the attitude was right but the result was unfortunately lacking – SV Wehen Wiesbaden now have an important clash with Dynamo Dresden. Ahead of that home game on Saturday 6 June, we have summarised the most important statements from our head coach Rüdiger Rehm at the video press conference below.
Personnel matters: What is enormously important at this stage of the season is that Rehm has a full squad at his disposal. Maximilian Dittgen and Tobias Schwede have served their suspension and are available again, while captain Sebastian Mrowca is back too. And in Hamburg, two long-term injury absentees – Jules Schwadorf and Patrick Schönfeld – made their comeback for SVWW. The coach remained coy about the team he would select on Saturday. "What we will need to do is to pull the game in our direction for 90 minutes, regardless of the XI that is on the pitch."
Scenario: The Red & Blacks took the positives from the match against Hamburg. The forward players, for example, managed to create several good opportunities against the third-placed team in the division. But there was just as much criticism in the aftermath of the defeat about what didn't go so well. "In particular it was crosses and our penalty area; we didn't defend well enough."
Outlook: "I don't need to mention how important the match on Saturday is for us, but that applies to Dynamo Dresden too," declared the SVWW head coach at the video press conference. Rehm switched his system to a 4-4-2 for the second half in Hamburg. But that's of secondary significance. "The attitude is important. If we do not chase the ball with the necessary voraciousness and greed, and don't take to the field with the courage and conviction that we can do something with the ball, then the system doesn't matter."
Opposition: SG Dynamo Dresden have had a difficult restart: coach Markus Kauczinski's charges were still in quarantine at home and watching on television when their league rivals returned to competitive action. In fact, SGD did not actually resume their campaign until last weekend. They lost their first match back 2-0 against VfB Stuttgart, before suffering a 3-0 defeat in Hanover in midweek. But Rehm knows: "In Dynamo Dresden, we'll be hosting an opponent that has been in the second division for a number of years and has simply been on a negative run this season. Dresden are an enormous obstacle. We need to move them out of the way."
Home straight: It goes without saying that SVWW will be keeping an eye on the table at this stage of the season, Rehm explained. But what is important is to focus on the upcoming opponent and pick up the points. The stated aim: to be above the line or in the relegation play-off place on Matchday 34. "We want to prove that we belong in this league; to that end, we need to beat Dynamo Dresden on Saturday."
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!