TTCLM: Borussia Dusseldorf optimistic but not euphoricPhoto: Courtesy Borussia Dusseldorf
“The door is open, but there is still a long way to go”, explained Borussia`s Manager Andreas PREUSS before second leg of TTCLM final against Fakel Gazprom Orenburg (Friday, May 18th, 15:00 CET)
Borussia Dusseldorf arrived in the Russian city of Orenburg with highest possible expectations, to reach 11th time TTCLM title, after 3:2 (12:8) win in first home leg. But, Russian team, defending TTCLM champion, is determined to continue its reign and take fifth crown in last seven years.
“I'm optimistic, but we're still a long way from the finish. I expect a completely open game, because Orenburg has always been incredibly strong at home in the past, so I assume that they will improve even now”, pointed out Borussia`s Manager Andreas PREUSS after a journey about 5,000 km to Orenburg.
TTCLM record holder with 10 titles Borussia won first match thanks to Timo BOLL who secured two points against Dimitrij OVTCHAROV and Jun MIZUTANI. Kristian KARLSSON added one more in the decisive, fifth encounter against OVTCHAROV, while Vladimir SAMSONOV (vs. KALLBERG) and MIZUTANI (vs. KARLSSON) were the winners in the Russian team.
“Although we have not achieved anything, departure to Russia with 3:2 win is pretty good," stated Coach of German club Danny HEISTER who praised all his players for huge effort and big fight in the first game.