Top or mediocre? Hannover 96 ahead of groundbreaking weeks
In the end, Hannover 96 did not take the lead in the standings, but coach Stefan Leitl was satisfied with the 1-1 draw at Fortuna Düsseldorf: “Compliments to my boys!” They had quickly taken the lead in Düsseldorf thanks to a goal from Cedric Teuchert (7th), but had also started to swim again towards the end after Christos Tzolis (59th) equalised from a penalty.
“All in all, it was a fair draw in the end. Of course, I would have liked to go to Hannover as the leader, but we knew that it would be a difficult away game against a very good opponent, the league leaders,” said Leitl after the game, after which the 96ers are two points behind Fortina in fifth place in the table.
Hannover ahead of top matches against Magdeburg, St. Pauli and Co.
The Düsseldorf game marks the start of groundbreaking weeks in which Hannover 96 wants to show that only one defeat from the last five games and the canter win against Osnabrück are more than a snapshot.
With Wehen Wiesbaden comes on Saturday (13 p.m., LIVE! on kicker) an unpleasant newcomer, before the top group and those who would have been expected there before the season give each other the handle.
For example, duels with 1. FC Magdeburg, FC Schalke 04 and FC St. Pauli are on the agenda. In addition, there will be the Niedersachsenby against Eintracht Braunschweig on Matchday 12 (5 November, LIVE! on kicker).
At the latest when the duel against Hertha is the last game of the month in the books, it will be time to take stock: Can Hannover 96 keep up with the top teams in the league? Or does it come down to another season in the midfield of the House of Commons?