Kiel (dpa) – Record-breaking champions THW Kiel stormed the top of the Bundesliga handball table with a shooting festival, SG Flensburg-Handewitt kept pace with a painstaking victory.
At 41:26 (22:13) against newly promoted HSC 2000 Coburg, the Kiel side broke the 40-goal mark on Saturday for the second time this season and, thanks to a better goal difference, took the top of the standings with 14: 2 points ahead of the Rhine tied. Neckar Löwen, who were not in action this weekend. “It was strong from the boys,” said THW coach Filip Jicha.
Especially newcomer Oskar Sunnefeldt shone and was Kiel’s best pitcher with eight goals. Superstar Sander Sagosen has scored six times. “In the second half my boys enjoyed handball again,” said Jicha with satisfaction.
Flensburg struggled much more against Stuttgart on Sunday, although the Swabians had to do without national goalkeeper Johannes Bitter. The 38-year-old is out of quarantine after his positive Corona case following the international game with the DHB selection, but was unable to show a negative test on match day.
Nevertheless, the guests around the precise Viggo Kristjansson (11 goals) in the first period were the best team. It was only after the change that the favorite lived up to his role and got the two points. Magnus Rød and Jim Gottfridsson were the best SG shooters with eight goals each.
For Kiel and Flensburg, the fixture hunt will continue in the Champions League in the middle of next week. “At some point this is no longer justifiable and reasonable,” said Viktor Szilagyi, CEO of THW. “None of this is ideal.” Especially since the two best Bundesliga teams have yet to play catch-up matches. “We may come to a point where days are not enough,” Szilagyi warned. Flensburg coach Maik Machulla sees it the same way. “I don’t know where these games should be inserted,” he told the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung”.
The debate on a possible cancellation of the World Cup in January is therefore ongoing. “When you see how many restrictions we have in our privacy and how many responsibilities we want to take on as handball players, it is crazy to assume that the World Cup will be played,” Machulla said.
The 43-year-old is the spokesperson for the German Coaching Task Force, which is why his opinion is particularly important. “As clubs we get a stomach ache when we abandon the players to our concept of hygiene and we wonder how we can get them back,” Machulla said. Because in the Corona crisis, there is only one goal for the clubs: “It’s not about places one, two and three, but the HBL that is going on!”