It’s been two weeks since Union last encountered opposition in the 2.Bundesliga, but this week Jens Keller’s side head south to the Continental Arena to face Jahn Regensburg.
The international break has presented the Union coach a rare opportunity mid-season to work closely with the players on the training field. “It makes a coach happy when you have so many options,” he said in the pre-match press conference. “But you are also faced with difficult decisions.”
All players involved across the squads returned in good health, while Marc Torrejon has started to intensify his training regime. The Spaniard participated in full training this week for the first time following a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Keller has a bunch of options to choose from, particularly in attack with Akaki Gogia, Steven Skrzybski and Marcel Hartel vying for various positions.
Hosts Jahn Regensburg are a “compact” side according to Keller. “They don’t have any single best players, but have risen as a team. I think there were only a few teams to have taken apart Regensburg. The 2-1 win over Eintracht Braunschweig in the eighth week of the season remains the high point for the club’s supporters.
Achim Beierlorzer, former youth coach at RB Leipzig, has brought extra grit and organisation to his team which sits 14th in the 2.Bundesliga. With 22 yellow cards and one red, Regensburg are one of the most frequently punished teams in the division. They are 16th in the Fair Play table, and thrive from set-piece situations. Marvin Knoll has so far managed to net direct from free kicks on two occasions.
Keller’s team will be backed on by more than 1,000 Union supporters in Regensburg. Tickets are still available at the box offices at the Continental Arena. Our Fahrzeghaus will be on location to offer the current range of merchandise.