Again Tom Kretzschmar kept the 1860 gate clean.
"We owe the 0-0 to a very good goalkeeper," said Köllner, who still does not shake the hierarchy.
- With a mighty blow, a folding seat on the VIP grandstand was set in motion, after which the two guest officials patted each other on the shoulders with jubilation. Ismaik representative Anthony Power and Löwen managing director Marc-Nicolai Pfeifer seemed to have decided in this 70th minute: Against these strikers of SV Wehen nothing burns in the final phase. Especially not with such a goalkeeper in the back.
The emotional Power / Pfeifer insert triggered a one-on-one situation in which Tom Kretzschmar, 22, built himself up in front of the cleared Thijmen Goppel. The ball bounced off the chest of the Hiller representative into the goal, which robbed the hosts of the last bit of confidence and allowed the lions a 0-0, "with which we are happy" (Michael Köllner). Goppel found his master in the young 1860 goalkeeper as did Kevin Lankford (44th) and Maximilian Thiel in the final phase before the break. "Kretzsche keeps us in the game really well," said goal scorer Marcel Bär after the opening win against Würzburg. On Saturday this sentence applied in several ways.
All observers agreed afterwards: Without the devil Kretzschmar, this game would have turned out differently - and not in favor of the guests. “We should have gone home with three points today,” complained Wehens coach Rüdiger Rehm: “Only the last punch in the box was missing. The Löwen defense threw in everything they had. ”Above all, said Kretzschmar, who also finished his second game in the starting XI with a clean slate. "We owe this point to a very good goalkeeper," said Köllner, relieved: "Tom was an essential factor today - next to the fans who stood behind us like a rock." Well over half of the 2712 spectators in the Brita-Arena were part of the Munich camp. Even before Kretzschmar's exploits, they celebrated a "home game in Hesse".Both - the support in goal and in the stands - "helped extremely" in a "third division game at a high level" (Köllner).
Tom was an essential factor today - next to the fans who stood behind us like a rock.
1860 coach Michael Köllner.
If you equate high level with effectiveness, then the lions are on the right track.
With four points from two games, Köllner's team got off to a start like last year, only against somewhat more demanding opponents (at that time Meppen / Magdeburg).
Köllner should think about the scanty goal yield.
Bär, the hero of the Würzburg game, found it just as difficult in Wiesbaden as did captain Sascha Mölders and Richard Neudecker, who are looking for their form from the previous season.
What is remarkable, however, is the defensive responsibility that all eleven lions assume on the pitch - with Kretzschmar taking away the few opportunities that Salger and Co. allowed in 180 minutes.
Can you even take such a thing out? “We coaches are allowed to do everything”, Köllner parried the question with humor - leaving no doubt that Marco Hiller remains “the clear number 1”, regardless of “the two super strong games”, Kretzschmar's first place in the goalkeeper ranking of the “kicker” “Entered (zero goals conceded plus top marks). After all: The Hiller representative was able to improve his internal standing, as Köllner remarked comfortingly: “It was not necessarily to be expected that he would be mentally like that in both games. It is great for us that we have apparently done everything right with his continued commitment. "
It continues for 1860 with the DFB Cup game against Darmstadt (Friday, 8.45 p.m.) - with Hiller in goal. Kretzschmar will then take a seat on the bench again - and benefit from his “huge experiences”. He said modestly: "I've been playing for sixty since U8 - that's why a dream has come true for me."