“We don’t run onto the field with a white flag”

Next to him hangs a portrait in a Babelsberg jersey, behind his head is a city map of Potsdam pinned to the wall. Daniel Frahn sits grinning in front of the laptop in his kitchen – black hoodie with hood and Babelsberg logo on the left chest.

“It’s the absolute highlight of my career,” said the 34-year-old in an online conversation with mdr, “not Bayern or Dortmund, I wanted Leipzig to be my opponent.” On Tuesday, the Potsdam team received the Bundesliga, Frans Ex-Verein, in the DFB Cup.

Game completely sold out in just 12 hours

Already in the first round of the cup, the Babelsberg team created a little sensation and threw the big favorites from Fürth out of the competition on penalties. Daniel Frahn converted the first penalty against the Bundesliga club.

The little dress rehearsal against the other Leipzig club, Lok Leipzig, last week in the Regionalliga Nordost, was half successful. 1: 1 was the result in a game in which Babelsberg was the better team for long stretches. Babelsberg remains unbeaten for four games in a row, which gives you self-confidence. “We want to establish ourselves among the top six clubs in the league and not hang around in midfield,” says Frahn, “with our new coaching team and the many young players we are well positioned.”

The hosts can definitely count on the support of the fans. 6,000 cards are sold with a 3G rule for 12-17 year olds; the 2G rule applies to all fans over 18. “All tickets were gone within 12 hours, in theory we would have got the stadium completely full. It’s the biggest game for our club in more than ten years,” explains a proud Daniel Frahn.

The opponent from Leipzig

RB Leipzig loses its sovereignty in the first year under Jesse Marsch. In the Champions League, despite strong performances against Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, they are facing the end. After a weak start to the season in the Bundesliga with defeats against Mainz, Wolfsburg and Bayern, the team has now stabilized by switching from a four-man to a five-man chain.

The Saxons clearly won against the supposedly easier opponents Hertha, Bochum and Fürth. However, they did not know how to shine completely and only earned the victory after a significant increase in performance in the second half and due to the individual class of some individual players.

What will be important for Babelsberg

The main task for Babelsberg will be to stop Christopher Nkunku. The dribbling midfielder is the linchpin in the offensive game of RB Leipzig and has already scored nine goals in the previous 13 games. On the other hand, there is a defensive at Leipzig that is still in the development phase. If Babelsberg manages to take Nkunku out of the game and play their attack attempts cleanly to the end, they could have a chance to create the big surprise.

When it comes to Frahn, the Babelsbergers have to be compact above all, it depends on an extremely good performance by the goalkeeper, “and then we have to take advantage of one or two opportunities that are available,” says the Potsdam.

But one thing is also clear: “We won’t run onto the field with a white flag, but we know that we need a lot of luck to create the sensation,” added Daniel Frahn with a mischievous grin. Maybe he still has something up his sleeve against his old club.

Kick-off is on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Karl Liebknecht Stadium in Babelsberg.

Broadcast: rbb UM6, 25.10.2021, 6:00 p.m.

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“We don’t run onto the field with a white flag”