Captain, leading figure, first Bundesliga goalscorer: Dominik Kaiser (33) was the face of RB Leipzig for half a decade. On Wednesday (6.30 p.m.) he meets his former club again with Hannover 96 for the first time. Quarterfinals in the DFB Cup!
“It’s a special game for me and I’m really looking forward to it,” says Kaiser. After two years at Brondby Copenhagen, he moved to Hanover in 2020. And at 96, he’s in a cup quarter-final for the first time.
Kaiser wants to challenge Leipzig for the cup crown!
In the round of 16, the second division team conceded Gladbach 3-0. “The fans can dream and have already sung about the way to Berlin,” says Kaiser. “We’re counting on something. But it will be very difficult for us against RB. It will be extremely important not to let them get rolling. “
The Bochum game against RB (0:1) could be a blueprint. Kaiser: “Bochum actively shaped the game. Accepting duels, going full throttle – that will also be important for us.” What should help Hannover: The lawn, which is badly battered. “Leipzig is technically strong. Maybe that will suit us a bit.”
Kaiser was in Leipzig from 2013 to 2018, where he played with Peter Gulacsi, Yussuf Poulsen, Lukas Klostermann and Emil Forsberg, among others. Kaiser: “I would be happy if Pete didn’t catch one of his creamy days in goal.”
By the way: Kaiser’s contract expires in the summer. It is possible that he will then end football. Kaiser: “That’s a possibility if no club wants me. But I’ll let it come to me.”
But Kaiser will probably not be drawn back to Leipzig. “A return to RB was not contractually agreed or discussed when I left.”