The lions' corona test series was negative - so the preparation for Saarbrücken begins this Tuesday.
Tactically, a surprise is looming.
Finally a positive corona message for TSV 1860, positive in the literal sense.
Namely: The series of tests that became necessary after Richard Neudecker's COVID-19 findings were "negative," said the association's press office.
So it's clear: The team can start preparing for the away game at 1. FC Saarbrücken on Tuesday as planned.
When the kick-off sounds on Saturday in the newly renovated Ludwigspark, the lions are exactly three weeks away from the league.
As a reminder: On October 2, 1860 produced the seventh draw of the current season (the sixth 1: 1), followed on Fridays by the Totopokal awakening experience from Buchbach (3: 2 after two defeats) - and now a corona-related game cancellation because the opponent Mannheim had 17 professionals in quarantine.
Sports director Günther Gorenzel described the fact that both teams were thrown out of rhythm in this way as “uncomfortable”.
Mölders next to Linsbichler in an ox storm 2.0?
1860 distracted himself with an internal test game on Saturday morning - and it seems as if Michael Köllner used the forced break to work out an alternative form of play. As with the race to catch up in Buchbach, the coach had his A-Elf attack with two real tips: Sascha Mölders and Tim Linsbichler in a new edition of the Ochsensturm. An option already for Saturday? This is supported by the fact that the lions spark the last missing offensive power with a real two-man storm. Three goals in the second 45 minutes by Buchbach are an argument - as is the clear result of 6: 1 with which the A-Lions swept over the B-Lions on Saturday (with two Mölders and a Linsbichler goal). But there are also a few arguments against an offensive 4-diamond-2 variant. Among other things, the factthat one could run into the open knife in such an offensive manner against the extremely dangerous FCS at home (already 13 goals).
Either way: In Neudecker, an essential factor in the attacking game of the lions has to be replaced.
But one thing is also certain: From the perspective of the 1860s, there is a lot to make up for.
The relegation opponent from 2018 safely won both games last season 2-1, each after a 2-0 lead.