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2nd Bundesliga: Fortuna Düsseldorf is fighting to stay in the promotion battle

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2nd Bundesliga: Fortuna Düsseldorf is fighting to stay in the promotion battle

As of: March 1, 2024 3:24 p.m

Fortuna Düsseldorf can get back into the promotion race with a win at Hannover 96. However, the number of injured remains unusually high.

The 24th matchday of the 2nd Bundesliga is probably not the last chance to intervene in the promotion race. But time is slowly running out. Should things go wrong for Fortuna Düsseldorf in the away game at Hannover 96 (Saturday, 1 p.m.), the pressure on everyone involved will increase enormously.

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“Any team that manages to put together a series of four or five games with three points has the chance to quickly get back to the top,” said Fortuna coach Daniel Thioune before the game in Lower Saxony. A clear message from the coach to his players to be particularly focused now. It is time for the people of Düsseldorf to start experiencing some success. “We’re not gone,” said Thioune.

Be sure to seize the opportunity

A delicate start has been made. Two draws and one win from the last three games are a first step for Fortuna, but not yet convincing evidence of a real comeback. After the recent success against Hansa Rostock (2-0), Düsseldorf is five points behind relegation place three and six points behind second place. All promotion opponents are still within reach.

Also fifth in the table Hannover, who only gained one point more. With an away win, Fortuna would overtake its direct competitor. One thing is clear: Fortuna definitely wants to seize its opportunity. “We want to get promoted, that’s why we had to win this game against Rostock and that’s why we have to keep winning now,” said offensive player Ao Tanaka.

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Permanent improvisation

The biggest problem that coach Thioune currently has to deal with is the personnel situation. Nine supposed regular players such as Marcel Sobottka, Shinta Appelkamp, ​​Matthias Zimmermann and Andre Hoffmann are still not available to the coach. Even if some players are already taking part in team training again, they are still not fit to play. After all, the personnel situation seems to be easing a little in view of the coming weeks.

The starting position for Fortuna and football teacher Thioune is anything but ideal, the coaching crew has to constantly improvise. “It’s the same with all of my colleagues, that they like competition and have to make tough decisions sometimes. And when I have to make them again, it might not feel optimal, but it’s probably beneficial to our success,” says Thioune .

Still all possibilities

The people of Düsseldorf have to hope for a good sporting phase. After the game in Hanover, Fortuna welcomes the next promotion candidate, Hamburger SV. “If we win against Hannover and Hamburg, we have every opportunity. We have it in our own hands,” said Tanaka.

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