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Season Bundesliga 18.01.2013
Old friends relishing meeting

In an interview with HSV.de, Nürnberg's new coaching duo Michael Wiesinger and Armin Reutershahn say how they invisage Sunday's Bundesliga clash between the two sides will go. They also speak of long standing frienships and how they see HSV's development under coach Thorsten Fink. 

Things happened quickly in Nürnberg just before Christmas last year. Head coach Dieter Hecking left the club to do the same job at VfL Wolfsburg. The Nürnberg board then installed Michael Wiesinger and Armin Reutershahn as head coach and Co. trainer respectively. They have the board's trust until the end of the current season. Sascha Lewandowski and former Liverpool legend Sami Hypiä have already proved at Leverkusen that such teams can operate successfully. The new duo at Nürnberg's helm are hoping to follow suit.

They do not plan to completely copy the Leverkusen concept, preferring to stamp their own authority on the task ahead, starting with a Bundesliga matchday 18 home game to HSV on Sunday (20.01.13). Wiesinger and Reutershahn have a special relationship with HSV: Wiesinger is good mates with Rothosen coach Thorsten Fink while his right hand man was at the club for six years under Kurt Jara and Frank Pagelsdorf. We interviewed the duo before their debut in the Nürnberg hot seat: 

New coaching duo at Nürnberg helm: Armin Reutershahn (l.) and Michael Wiesinger.

How are you both feeling ahead of the game?

Wiesinger: I can't wait for the game to start. The fact that we begin our reign with a home game makes it more special to me. We plan to win on Sunday.

Reutershahn: I am so up for the game it could kick off right now as far as I'm concerned. I think we can play successfully against HSV, the way we played before the winter break. To do that we require aggression when they have the ball and we must be determined up front creating scoring chances. We want a home win to start the second half of the season off with.

Herr Wiesinger, you have a long standing friendship with HSV coach Thorsten Fink. You played together at Bayern and you were his Co.trainer at FC Ingolstadt. Now you face each other on Sunday...

Wiesinger: We enjoyed a short intensive time together. Our time together at Bayern was successful and we had a lot of fun there. Thorsten is a guy I rate very highly. He oozes confidence as a coach and has found his true way in Hamburg. But I still want to beat him on Sunday.

Have you recently had contact with Thorsten Fink?

Wiesinger: Not with regard to Sunday's match. He congratulated me on my new job. Sunday's game is hugely important to both sides, with both keen to kick off the second half of the season with a win. 

Armin Reutershahn was Co-trainer at HSV between 1997 and 2003.

Herr Wiesinger, you have a long standing friendship with HSV coach Thorsten Fink. You played together at Bayern and you were his Co.trainer at FC Ingolstadt. Now you face each other on Sunday...

Wiesinger: We enjoyed a short but intensive time together. Our time together at Bayern was successful and we had a lot of fun there. Thorsten is a guy I rate very highly. He oozes confidence as a coach and has found his true path in Hamburg. But I still want to beat him on Sunday.

Have you recently had contact with Thorsten Fink?

Wiesinger:
 Not with regard to Sunday's match. He congratulated me on my new job. Sunday's game is hugely important to both sides, with both keen to kick off the second half of the season with a win. 

Herr Reutershahn, you worked under Frank Pagelsdorf and Kurt Jara at HSV for six years. Do you still have contact to the club?

Reutershahn: The years in Hamburg were of course wonderful, but a lot of time has passed since. The club has seen a large influx of players and coaching staff since i was there so I no longer have any contacts there.

How would you assess HSV's development so far this season?

Wiesinger: I think the team has found its feet under Thorsten Fink. He has managed to impress his philosophy on his players and they put it into practice well. HSV's game depends on having a lot of possession and is variable and attractive. They play good football. 

Reutershahn:
 They have individual quality in their squad, and in René Adler a top class keeper. Up front Rudnevs and Son are very active. We have to keep things tight, produce the necessary aggression and play bravely going forward if we are to win on Sunday. 

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Rk. Team Played +/- Pts.
1.  FC Bayern München 17 41: 4 45
2.  VfL Wolfsburg 17 33: 17 34
3.  Bayer 04 Leverkusen 17 28: 20 28
4.  Borussia M'gladbach 17 25: 16 27
5.  FC Schalke 04 17 28: 21 27
6.  FC Augsburg 17 22: 21 27
7.  1899 Hoffenheim 17 29: 25 26
8.  Hannover 96 17 21: 26 24
9.  Eintracht Frankfurt 17 34: 34 23
10.  SC Paderborn 07 17 21: 26 19
11.  1.FC Köln 17 17: 23 19
12.  1.FSV Mainz 05 17 19: 23 18
13.  Hertha BSC 17 24: 35 18
14.  Hamburger SV 17 9: 19 17
15.  VfB Stuttgart 17 20: 32 17
16.  SV Werder Bremen 17 26: 39 17
17.  Borussia Dortmund 17 18: 26 15
18.  SC Freiburg 17 17: 25 15
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