Do the Reds start in Rostock without their number 10?
Sebastian Ernst (26) was only part of the second set in the only test against Werder (2: 2). The long runner of the first half of the season is threatened with the bank at the start of the second division on Friday (6.30 p.m.) in Rostock.
For Ernst it gets serious
“I have a high opinion of Sebi,” says Christoph Dabrowski (43), but emphasizes: “He too has to face the competition. We can’t play with three playmakers. “
In the new 4-2-3-1 system, Dabrowski plans with Mark Diemers (28) alongside Gaël Ondoua (25) on the double six. Central before that was played against Werder and in the training sessions Sebastian Kerk (27).
The best 96 shooter before the winter break (five goals) also scored in the friendly, as did the new left winger Cedric Teuchert. “That gives you self-confidence,” says Dabro.
For Ernst this means: The regular seat is gone for now. In the first half of the season he was still seeded.
Ernst played 1232 minutes in this second division season. Only captain Marcel Franke (1495) and Niklas Hult (1282) stood longer on the field.
In his 16 missions (10 times over a full 90 minutes, only twice not in the starting line-up) he scored a goal (at 3-0 in Kiel) and gave two assists. At 96 they had hoped for more.
After 7 goals and 6 assists for Bundesliga promoted Fürth, he spun into the relegation battle with his childhood sweetheart 96 and finally fell victim to the change of coach.
His bad luck: When Dabrowski made his debut against HSV (1-0), Ernst had to watch yellow-blocked. In Ingolstadt (2: 1) he was just a joker. In the annual final against Bremen (1: 4) he was allowed to play again from the start.
Dabro: “With that I already signaled to him that I am convinced of his abilities.” But he is no longer set.
“The boys are challenged to take on the competition,” says Dabro: “We have many options. You have to see who is in the best shape and who is more important to the team in the respective game. “