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returnees Pekeler warns: "Certainly not the saviors"
Hendrik Pekeler from THW Kiel warned the German handball players against too high expectations of the returnees before the Olympic qualification. © Provided by sport1.de returnee Pekeler warns: "Certainly not the savior" national team returnee Hendrik Pekeler from THW Kiel warned the German handball players against too high expectations of the returnee before the Olympic qualification.
Hendrik Pekeler from THW Kiel warned the German handball players against too high expectations of the returnees before the Olympic qualification.
national team returnee Hendrik Pekeler from THW Kiel warned the German handball players against too high expectations of the returnee before the Olympic qualification. He and his Kiel club colleague Patrick Wiencek, who are planned by national coach Alfred Gislason as an inside block in the defense after their World Cup waiver, are "certainly not the saviors, even if the defense and the interaction with the goalkeepers are not so good at the World Cup worked, "said Pekeler in an interview with Mannheimer Morgen.
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"Of course we get experience back with us, but we still meet very good opponents," said the THW circle runner. Slovenia, fourth in the European Championship, is a strong team and Sweden is coming to Berlin as vice world champion. "We certainly have to beat Algeria," said Pekeler: "But participation in the Olympics will not be a sure-fire success for us in this constellation." Only the first two winners of the four-way tournament (March 12-14 in Berlin) qualify for the Summer Games in Tokyo.
The German team, "unlike the Swedes, is probably not full of self-confidence. In addition, one or the other of our players is also struggling with problems in the club," said Pekeler: "It will be about all these little things in the To somehow push the training week into the background, because I am also convinced that we are strong enough to leave two teams behind. "
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Dispute with Wolff ended.
Pekeler considers the dispute with goalkeeper Andreas Wolff, who was noticed before the World Cup because of his public criticism of his teammates' waiver, to be over. "We know Andi. He needs a certain amount of attention and likes to express his opinion a little louder. But that's nothing new," said Pekeler: "For me, the issue is over because I know how he thinks and what makes him tick That's why I don't need to talk to Andi Wolff any more. Everything was clarified by the association and Alfred, and they said what had to be said. "
He doesn't regret the decision not to play the World Cup for family reasons. "If the situation in Germany were the same as it was in December, I would make the decision again. I am not only a handball player, but as a father of a family I also have responsibility for a wife and three children," said Pekeler: "But we now have one Different situation than three months ago: The daycare centers are open again, which takes a lot of strain off our family. If the current situation had been in December or January, I would probably have played the World Cup. "
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