Mainz (dpa) – Shortly before his debut as national coach, Alfred Gislason is deeply concerned about his sport because of the corona pandemic.
He also understands players’ concerns in view of upcoming international duties. “Of course we are all concerned. Many national players also participate in the European Cup and the Champions League. Of course I hope that all tests will be negative, that I can train, that the Bosniaks will come too,” said the 61-year-old. . Icelanders in ZDF’s “Current Sports Studio”.
On Monday the German national handball team will meet in Düsseldorf. On the following Thursday (4.15 pm / ZDF), the DHB team will play against Bosnia and Herzegovina at the start of the EM qualification. The game in the ISS DOME is played without a spectator. This will be followed by the away game in Tallinn against Estonia on November 8 (3:15 pm / ZDF). Gislason only has Tuesday and Wednesday to train.
“Of course I understand that the players are concerned. There is a lot going on,” said Gislason, who fears cutbacks in international matches or even cancellations. “I think the reality at the moment is that it will be difficult to keep playing the Champions League or EHF Cup like that,” said the Icelander. At the national level, the game can continue, “then you have better control – every country for itself,” said the successor to Christian Prokop, who was on leave at the beginning of this year.
“The German clubs have done very well with their concepts, they have done very well – with 2,000 or 3,000 spectators in the halls,” said the experienced coach, praising the Corona measures in the Bundesliga. But no handball club could survive with that, “because the junior makes every game there too. It will be extremely difficult for the Bundesliga to play a full second half of the season without spectators,” said Gislason. “I think politics should help.”