Great derby anticipation at 1. FC Kaiserslautern: In the duel against 1. FC Saarbrücken, FCK wants to get back on the road to success. A derby hero, Daniel Hanslik, who knows how to defeat the Saarlanders, should help with this.
At 1. FC Kaiserslautern, there is great anticipation for the Saar-Palatinate Derby at 1. FC Saarbrücken (Saturday, 2 p.m. live on SWR television). “We have a good atmosphere in the team. The boys are really up for the derby,” said FCK head coach Marco Antwerpen. So far, his team has shown itself to be particularly motivated in these special duels. “We have proven in the past that we always play really good games in derbies and we definitely want to take something with us,” emphasized Lautern’s coach. Compared to the game against Waldhof Mannheim, in which the Lauterer saw three reds, this time his team had to keep a cool head.
Antwerp: greater pressure near Saarbrücken
Antwerp sees their upcoming opponents as a team “with many good individual players with high quality: Saarbrücken had a very good start to the season. Adriano Grimaldi is a player who has now really started rolling. But we also know that they did one last week Derby lost in Mannheim. Accordingly, the pressure is likely to be a bit greater, we want to take advantage of that if possible. “
Derby hero Hanslik is back
In terms of personnel, Antwerp has more options again in the Saar-Palatinate derby. Daniel Hanslik should be back in the starting eleven after being suspended from yellow and red, the attacking man in particular was sorely missed against the Würzburger Kickers. “All in all, we had a lot of chances to score. Somebody like Daniel Hanslik, who has a good presence in the penalty area, would have done us very well.” Hanslik has scored three goals so far, has also scored two goals himself, works with backwards and also has a certain share in the fact that FCK has the second best defense in the league with just eleven goals. And 1. FC Saarbrücken suits the 25-year-old. In April he shot the Red Devils with his two goals alone to win against the Saarlanders. “Maybe it will be something like a favorite opponent of mine. It would be ideal if we then win with one more goal,” said Hanslik optimistically.
Idol with helmet
Defender Kevin Kraus, who had to be replaced last weekend due to knee problems, is also available again. Felix Götze, who will play with a helmet in the future, has been training again since Thursday after recovering from a concussion and, according to Antwerp, will also be in the squad. Almost 2000 FCK fans accompany the people of Palatinate to the Ludwigsparkstadion, which has already been sold out.