Champions League Men | 28 May 2020
1. FC SAARBRÜCKEN TT getting ready for play offs
The first team of 1. FC SAARBRÜCKEN TT is heating up, already from beginning of May. As soon as German Government allowed professional players to train, the club gathered main players.
“We are working in groups of five, four players and coach, and we are getting ready for the Bundesliga Playoff semi-final. Unfortunately COVID 19 Pandemic spoiled our plans for the Table Tennis Champions League Men semis this year,” explained coach Slobodan GRUJIC.
In the Bundesliga it still uncertain how and when the semis will be played.
“There is an option that we play only one semi final leg on 8th, 9th or 10th June and to play final in Frankfurt on 14th; other option is to play semis in Frankfurt day before final, something like Final four. Anyway, we are waiting for the final decision.”
In the semi final of the Bundesliga play offs leader after regular part of the season and 21 round is 1. FC Saarbrücken-TT. They will meet fourth team at the standings SV Werder Bremen. Borussia Düsseldorf will play against TTF LIEBHERR Ochsenhausen. In Table Tennis Champions League Men, 1. FC Saarbrücken-TT beat Post SV Mühlhausen 1951 e.V. in quarters to join Borussia Düsseldorf, Fakel Gazprom Orenburg and TTSC UMMC.
“There will not be doubles match in play offs, which is good since we cannot count on Tomas POLANSKY right now. He had to return to Czech Republic since he had the back injury. I hope he will recover soon, but his doctors have to make exam. We are expecting Cristian PLETEA to join us at trainings as soon as health regulation allows him to travel from Romania. Patrick FRANZISKA, Darko JORGIC and SHANG Kun are here, healthy and they are working to recover their shape for future challenges.”
FC Saarbrücken-TT has a plan to organize mini TV tournament at the beginning of the June.
“We started to work almost a month ago, but the lack of matches is evident. That is why we are looking for opportunity for organizing something for players to play,” stated GRUJIC.