Peentingers HEKLE task: "We are aware of the situation"
The manager was clear: "We have a plan a and the persecution we pursue," said Roland Virkus on the press conference against the game of Borussia Mönchengladbach against Hertha BSC on Saturday evening (kick-off 18.30, live! At Saturday evening) clear. A clear message that a coach change is currently not an issue, but during the 90 minutes at the weekend, someone else jumps on: Assistant Christian Peintinger must represent the foal head coach Hütter infected with the coronavirus.
Peentinger is aware of the delicate task. "It's a special experience," says the 54-year-old and clearly says: "It's about what we deliver sports - and not what will be after the game." If a victory remains, Virkus will have to be very comfortable with "Plan B". Unimaginable that the Gladbacher sports director has made no idea about a further crash in view of rank 13 and only four points ahead of the relegation platz. Because in 16th place is Hertha and the Berliners could approach a point to Borussia with a victory in Mönchengladbach.
I think I'll be very emotional.
"I'm thinking that I will be very emotional," says Peintinger. He also spurs the bond to boss Hütter, who has to watch powerlessly what his team supplies on Saturday night. Because Peentinger and the second co-trainer Armin Reutershahn will not be related to their boss during the game. But of course "everything is prepared in consultation with Adi".
Because Peontinger has been well friend with Hütter for 20 years and since September 2015 also part of his coaching team. For the first time, both of Young Boys Bern worked together in Switzerland, where the Duo 2017/18 brought the championship title. "From the idea we wanted to play offensive football with a high start," says Peintinger. It should be a "spectacular game", but the eleven of the Niederrhein was only irregular. In the Borussia Park meet the two weakest defense series of the second half: Gladbach conceded 1922 already 19 goals, Hertha even 23. Of course he had "on the defensive value in training, but we must not forget our strengths. And that's the offensive "Peentinger emphasizes. Since the failure Jonas Hofmanns does not make things easier.
A destructive group formation - as recently, for example, from midfielder Christoph Kramer, neither Peontinger nor Virkus can recognize. "Of course, there are groups, but do not work against each other," emphasizes the Borussia manager. That's crucial and he could not recognize that either. Even a crisis meeting did not exist, only one had asked Kramer to speak internally in the future. "But with that it is ticked," says Virkus.