Torgau handball coach Ritz: “We like the first place”

The cage. VfB Torgau’s handball gamers are unbeaten in seven video games and have lately received all their opponents with clear victories. Nikolay, Boris, Stok and Ok. in the district class with 20:6 factors from Saturday. TZ spoke to player-coach Philippe Ritz (38) about the successful streak and prospects for promotion to the district league.

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You need to make it clear: Things are going properly for the VfB males at the second. You guys are working nice. Or?

Ph. Ritz: (laughs) Yeah, we’re not complaining now as a result of there have been different occasions earlier than.

It’s time for Torgau males’s handball to change into one thing once more and play the place it actually belongs!

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Slow down now! We are properly on our means and the season remains to be lengthy!

What has modified in comparison with the final three years?

Loads occurred there: adjustments in the lineup. We now have just one males’s staff as a substitute of two. Youth A moved to the males’s division. We first needed to take care of the occasions attributable to Corona, we needed to intensify the coaching. It was not a straightforward time. But different groups had the identical issues. We had a good time and have been in a position to construct and construct a staff with an awesome staff spirit. And we play different handball.

Another handball?

Due to the rule change, handball grew to become a lot quicker. We adopted a quick fashion of play and are at present very profitable in quick handball.

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VfB managed to retain some A-Youth gamers and combine them into the males’s staff a bit. Do younger badgers have the capability and bodily power to play with males?

Yes in fact. No bodily defects. In phrases of intelligence and techniques, they nonetheless want to enhance. But all the boys are prepared to check and inquisitive.

Which A’s younger gamers do the future belong to?

Tend to all the gamers in the cage. Robin Arlt, Carl Hamann and Theo Manthey have performed the most thus far. But others have potential and work properly.

Then the staff has one other oldie in Jens Kunze. How is he taking part in for VfB once more, getting his share and scoring a number of objectives?

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Yes, our outdated Jens. He is essential for our staff and the recreation. During the preparations for the new season, we lacked gamers, particularly in the left wing place. Jens agreed to assist and stayed. He made the staff and was appreciated by all the gamers. We nonetheless have rather a lot to study from him – he’s an icon. And Jens is the one who all the time makes his place accessible to younger gamers.

VfB scored 433:380 objectives in 13 league video games, making them the most harmful staff in the league. The aim distinction is already spectacular – a mean of 33.3 objectives per recreation. What is the danger of your aim?

We play at a excessive tempo and attempt to preserve our momentum till the ultimate whistle. We are doing very properly now and we are going to proceed to attain the so-called simple objectives.

Is this tactic the key to success?

Yes completely. The entire staff is ready for it. Our quick handball is our trademark, our DNA. This can be attributable to the new guidelines in handball.

The staff practices a bit on their very own. You are a player-coach. That’s sufficient for the district class for now, however quickly it is a double whammy. Or are you good at it?

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A double load is mostly not good. But I share the coaching with Alessandro Becker. Assistant coach in coaching and video games. It took us a very long time to finish this process. Personally, I’m giving again. My proper half place with Robert Bush and Iven Weiss is working properly now.

How a lot common teaching is required?

Of course, it is extremely vital. But every little thing has to match, and it isn’t all the time simple.

Did the coach present up?

This is just not a problem at the second. We will take care of this subject after the season, that’s, in the summer time.

VfB have received seven in a row, how shut is promotion to the district league?

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So far-off! We get pleasure from primary. Nine video games left. Everything may be very tight at the tables. All you need to do is lose two video games and out of the blue you are in a distinct place.

What is lacking for VfB-Sieben to be promoted after which maintain on properly in the higher chamber of the district?

I might say it like this: We can be behind in the district league. Our weak point is that our protection permits too many objectives. Tactically, we nonetheless have plenty of potential in assault, particularly in terms of the play at the again.

Interview: Thomas Manthey

On Saturday (February 4) at 17.00, there might be a finest recreation in the district class. VfB Torgau welcomes second-placed Germany Zvenkau II in help at 17:00 in the sports activities corridor at the SaW Tower (SaW).

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