On Friday evening, the third round is on the menue for the three German representatives in the Table Tennis Champions League Men (TTCLM). 1. FC Saarbrücken TT and TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen want to keep a clean sheet, while Borussia Düsseldorf aim to take Roskilde's second place.
Action-packed weekend for the teams of the Tischtennis Bundesliga (TTBL): In addition to matchday 5 in the German league on Saturday and Sunday and the cup quarterfinal between SV Werder Bremen and newcomer TSV Bad Königshofen on Friday, three Bundesliga teams are also challenged in the European elite league.
From a German perspective, the opening of the third round of the Table Tennis Champions League Men (TTCLM) is made by Borussia Dusseldorf. The German record champion and finalist of last season hosts Danish club Roskilde Bordtennis BTK61 of the former world class player Michael Maze, who wore the jersey of Borussia from 1999 to 2006. "Roskilde has surprised right at the start of the season with a win over Dzialdowo and is suddenly in the race for the quarterfinals," Düsseldorf coach Danny Heister knows. His team, however, is in third place only after one defeat and one victory. A win against the Danes would be a big step towards the knockout round. "Our goal still is the group victory and that is still realistic," said Borussia's manager Andreas Preuß.
Saarbrücken challenged away
On the other hand, the group victory is more than just realistic for 1. FC Saarbrücken TT, who are leading group B confidently after two rather easy victories against UMMC (Russia) and Eslöv (Sweden). At 7 p. m., coach Slobodan Grujic's team visit Chartres ASTT in France and aim to break away even further from their competitors with a win. Last season, Saarbrücken faced Chartres in the quarterfinals and secured a 3-1 home win on their way to the next round.
Also undefeated in the Champions League are TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen. After the confident entry to the Liebherr Pokal-Finale 2017/18 on Tuesday, the team around World Cup semifinalist Simon Gauzy hosts SPG Walter Wels from Austria on Friday at 8.30 p. m., who are second to last after two defeats. Most dangerous player of the guests from Austria is the only 19-year-old South Korean Cho Seungmin, who is already number 61 in the ITTF world ranking of October, but was not able to prevent the straight 0-3 home defeat against Ostrava on Matchday 2. Another loss would probably be the end of hopes for Wels.
Friday, October 27, 7 p. m.
Chartres ASTT – 1. FC Saarbrücken TT
Friday, October 27, 7.30 p. m.
TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen – SPG Walter Wels
Friday, October 27, 6.30 p. m.
Borussia Düsseldorf – Roskilde Bordtennis BTK61