Before the start of the second leg of the Table Tennis Champions League Men (TTCLM) group stage, all three German sides have a good chance of progressing. TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen and 1. FC Saarbrücken TT want to repeat their first leg wins, Borussia Düsseldorf seeks revenge for the opening defeat against Hennebont.
For the three German representatives in the Table Tennis Champions League Men (TTCLM) the first return matches of the group stage are on the program this week. Until the end of the year, it is all about progressing to the knockout round in Europe’s premier class, which begins with the quarterfinals in January. Especially for TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen – undefeated in the first three matches – the starting situation is quite comfortable. The team of coach Dubravko Skoric will face TTC Ostrava 2016, which is currently in third place of group B, on Wednesday at 6 p. m.
The first leg match at the end of September went to Ochsenhausen with the sore of 3-1, only Joao Geraldo has been defeated by experienced Aleksandar Karakasevic. Also in the squad of the Czechs is the former Düsseldorf player Panagiotis Gionis, who is known for his dangerous defense game. Should Ochsenhausen be able to prevail once again, the progression to the quarterfinal would only be a matter of form.
The same goes for 1. FC Saarbrücken TT, who will face Eslövs AI Bordtennis on Friday evening at 7.30 p. m. The Saarlanders are leading their group confidently after three victories in a row. In the first leg, the team led by Patrick Franziska even secured a sparkling clean 3-0 victory against the Swedes around the former Fulda player Robert Svensson. Unlike Saarbrücken, Eslöv stand already with their back to wall after with three defeats and desperately needs points to at least secure third place, which entitles to participate in ETTU Cup.
Düsseldorf under pressure
Last year’s finalist Borussia Düsseldorf are also peering hard at two important points. They will be visiting G. V. Hennebont T. T. on Friday evening at 8 p. m. After the opening defeat against the French group leaders and two narrow victories, the German record champions are only in second place with five points. Roskilde (Denmark) and Dzialdowo (Poland) are close behind Düsseldorf’s heels with four points each. “There is a lot of pressure on the boiler right now”, says manager Andreas Preuß. “I don’t like to call it our first final, but our primary goal is to win the group. So we have to win, not matter what.”
A livestream of the matches can be found on LAOLA1.tv.
Friday, November 24, 6 p. m.
Eslövs AI Bordtennis (SWE) – 1. FC Saarbrücken TT
Wednesday, November 22, 7.30 p. m.
TTC Ostrava 2016 (CZE) – TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen
Friday, November 24, 8 p. m.
G. V. Hennebont T. T. (FRA)– Borussia Düsseldorf