FC St. Paulis Ritzka: Schultz contacts his spy from Verl

It’s going east! FC St. Pauli has to go to the basement child Dynamo Dresden tomorrow. Curious: For coach Timo Schultz (44), a player who is probably not in the starting eleven is important.

Schultz contacts his spy from Verl!

Who is the informant? Lars Ritzka (23) is the spy. The left-back came from SC Verl in the summer. The new Dynamo coach Guerino Capretti (40) was the coach at this club until recently. Ritzka made 65 games under him.

Capretti was Verl’s coach from April 2017 to February 2022 before he was released. When Dresden parted ways with Alexander Schmidt (53) at the beginning of March, Dynamo grabbed the job and hired the German-Italian. The debut in Bremen (1:2) almost came as a surprise.

Schultz knows: “A new coach always has his own ideas. The colleague is characterized by the fact that he consistently plays a 4-3-3. I saw a couple of Verl games last year.” The reason was Ritzka’s upcoming signing.

Now Ritzka is there – and can give his trainer valuable information. Even if Leart Paqarada (27) is set in his position.

“Of course I also exchanged ideas with Lars,” explains Schultz. “But then it’s more about personal things like the approach. You can recognize the game system and the processes relatively well.”

Ritzka knows how Capretti ticks, what he does in which situation to turn games. That can be valuable for St. Pauli.

One thing is clear: After the victories in the first leg (3:0) and in the cup (3:2 aet), third place in the table is the favourite. Schultz: “There won’t be that much that surprises us. I wouldn’t mind if we managed to beat Dresden a third time. It will definitely be a hammer job for us in the cauldron.”

Spy Ritzka’s services could definitely help with that…


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