The Franconia did not pull the plug that the promotion chance after the bitter 2: 4 home defeat against Sandhausen is only “three to five percent”, as coach Robert Klauß states. “At the beginning of the week, the disappointment was still noticeable all over the club, but it has long since given way to the joy of the floodlight game at St. Pauli,” reports the coach.
For this game in front of an atmospheric backdrop, the Nuremberg regular player is questionable for whom this duel has a very special note: for Mats Möller Daehli it would be the first return to his former living room. The offensive midfielder, a classic playmaker and ball tractor brand, ran and dribbled there from January 2017 on three years into the hearts of St. Pauli fans before he joined the Belgian first division club Krc Genk during the 2020 winter break.
However, the Norwegian international did not find his luck there, so that he landed in the 2nd league just a year later – at the 1st FCN, who was able to cost around 1.5 million in summer, around the native Osloer for three years to bind in itself.
so far without reunion
In the almost one and a half years in Nuremberg, the 27-year-old has so far met his ex-club twice, always in the Max Morlock Stadium. And he did not joy great reunion, because the Hamburgers won twice (2: 1 and 3: 2). However, the chance to improve this personal balance is in danger: Möller Daehli laboratories on the consequences of a blow that he had got against Sandhausen.
So far, normal training has not been considered whether the intensive work of the medical department is crowned by success, will be shown on Thursday. If he cannot almost contemplate the team training, it will be nothing with his commitment on Friday.
There is no question that this would weaken the club. “Mats is a very important player for us,” said Klauss about the agile, lively and strong offensive player, who has his feet in the game in very many attacks by the FCN. The FCN trainer also appreciates another quality on his offensive engine: “He is also very important for our game against the ball because he often triggers the impulse that we go into pressing.”
Nuremberg has alternatives
The bottom line is that, according to the FCN coach, this does not result in the FCN “completely dependent on it”. How true. With Lukas Schleimer, Tylan Duman, as well as the Fabian Nürnberger, who has not been in the starting eleven, has the FCN player type, which can compensate for the lack of the Norwegian. According to the coach, this will not be possible “one-to-one” due to the individual class Möller Daehlis, but in the collective it will be a bit.
Otherwise, only left -back Konstantin Rausch is questionable, but he is not a candidate for the starting eleven anyway. Meanwhile, the long-term injured Felix Lohkemper can again complete parts of the team training, but without that it is the goal of the 27-year-old and can also be in the matchday squad this season. For the striker, it is “only” about being fully stressful in preparation for the new season.