Promotion hopefuls Düsseldorf head to the Alte Försterei
Union host league leaders
Fortuna Düsseldorf, the 2.Bundesliga league leaders, will make the trip to the Stadion An der Alten Försterei to face Union Berlin this weekend.
Another home game means another important opportunity for the Köpenick club to end a winless run of league games, which extended to eight games in Bielefeld on Monday.
“It’s part of professional sport that there are phases where things don’t work,” started coach Andre Hofschneider. “It doesn’t help to complain. You have to earn happiness. We have to look at ourselves and keep working hard. In Bielefeld, we came so close to winning, but there is no compassion or giving up.”
A 94th-minute strike from Steven Skrzybski was whistled out by the match official, but Union have taken a lot more from the game than just a point. Hofschneider’s 3-5-2 shape impressed and for phases of the game, the Berliners had the upper hand against a strong Bielefeld side. “In the last 20 minutes, you’ve seen that we can dominate a team like Bielefeld.”
Toni Leistner is once again available for selection, but Hofschneider confirmed he would not automatically return to the fold given how well the back-three performed on Monday.
Hofschneider articulated a clear goal for Saturday’s match at the pre-match press conference: “We have to make sure that the spark from the pitch is even more visible to the spectators. We certainly have a debt to pay and we haven't shown enough emotions in the last few games. We want to win the game and must be even more consistent in the individual phases and even more brutal to ourselves. We must play our part in making the game a success at every stage of the match. That's our mission!"
With 43 points, Fortuna Düsseldorf have earned their place at the top of the 2.Bundesliga. The side from Nordrhein-Westfalen won 3-2 in the last meeting between the teams and have benefited from their extra power in attack, as well as, consistency at home or away. "We know what's to be expected at the Alte Försterei. It's always hard to play at. The fans always get behind their team. It's really magnificent," said Friedhelm Funkel, the head coach of Düsseldorf.
There will still be a handful of tickets available for either side of the stadium at the club’s box offices.