2. Bundesliga: Skrzybski and defensive: guarantees of success from Holstein Kiel

Steven Skrzybski remains the guarantor of success for Holstein Kiel.

2. Bundesliga: Skrzybski and defensive: guarantees of success from Holstein Kiel

Steven Skrzybski remains the guarantor of success for Holstein Kiel. In the 1-1 draw against SV Darmstadt 98 he scored his ninth goal of the season. After twelve match days, he has met more often than in the past four seasons. The 29-year-old is the outstanding scorer in the 2nd Bundesliga and has also prepared four goals - the 13 points scorer are also best in the league. . "He's on the move. It's good for him that he's been able to play without injury for a long time," praised coach Marcel Rapp.

In the previous victorious games against 1. FC Heidenheim and 1. FC Nürnberg, the 29-year-old even scored twice. At the Böllenfalltor, the North Germans were unable to get beyond a draw because Matthias Bader scored the well-deserved equalizer for Darmstadt after a counterattack in the 72nd minute.

Skrzybski saw the result as performance-based: "We got more out of the game in the first half, but because Darmstadt increased the pressure from minute to minute after the break, the 1-1 draw was okay in the end, so we can live with the point be able." Holstein is now undefeated for four games. "We have developed well in the past few weeks," says goalkeeper Thomas Dähne, who also sees the draw with the favorites as a success: "In the end, we got the point from the leaders."

In addition to Skrzybski's accuracy, one reason for Kiel's successful run is the more stable defense. Previously, the North Germans had largely dominated the games against Hamburger SV (2:3) and Arminia Bielefeld (2:4), but conceded seven goals in two games. During the league break at the end of September, there was also a disastrous 0:7 in a friendly against league rivals Eintracht Braunschweig.

Since then, the team has placed greater emphasis on defensive stability and have only conceded five goals in the past four games. Even right-back Timo Becker's absence through injury was well compensated for by midfielder Marvin Schulz being reassigned and performing well in that role.

Before the World Cup break, the Schleswig-Holsteiners have four more to play: the home game against Fortuna Düsseldorf on Saturday, the games at Karlsruher SC and FC St. Pauli (November 5/8) and the home game against Hannover 96 (November 11). games before before. Midfielder Patrick Erras hopes that the unbeaten run will continue: "We want to build on the performance and then see what comes of it."

Holstein Kiel squad

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