HSG coach Hrvoje Horvath is aware of: ‘Comfort is completely different’

Hrvoje, earlier than we get to HSG Wetzlar, a fast query in regards to the World Cup. Do you could have an opinion on whether or not you’ll stay the coach of the Croatian nationwide group?

I ended and advised these in cost that I might absolutely consider my teaching job at Vetslar. I’ve talked to my household about it too, the twin dedication can be an excessive amount of. For now, EM and World Cup with Croatia is sufficient. Nevertheless, we had a robust event, we misplaced some extent towards Denmark and we must always have received. But we misplaced the primary recreation. The boys have been too scorching towards Egypt, the group was too centered to qualify for the quarter finals and the Olympics. But first you must get there. Otherwise, you’ll overlook to name in your highest efficiency at essential moments.

Which brings us to the Bundesliga and Wetzlar. HSG want prime performances to outlive the relegation battle. Does everybody right here know the way harmful the state of affairs is?

Yes, in fact, and we’ve to be very cautious about it. Teams on the again finish are used to the state of affairs, particularly Minden. My gamers and I do know the place we’re within the desk. We want all our focus and vitality.

Do you actually know the wrestle of relegation?

At Nexe we have been on the prime. But earlier than that, in Dubrava, once I took over the group, we have been virtually relegated, however then we went up and stayed in the course of the desk. It was a troublesome begin to my teaching profession and it was the same state of affairs to what occurred at HSG.

How does a coach intervene in such a state of affairs?

We have to verify everybody offers one hundred pc and the strain is off. Otherwise, it would have a destructive impact on the person high quality of the gamers. You need not assume an excessive amount of about one objective: staying within the league, and then you definately stumble. If you comply with that path, you’ll attain your objective. It’s not play by play, it is defensive sequence by defensive sequence, offense by offense. We should not fall into the lure of considering solely of this one nice objective. I see that we’re getting ready very properly and the kids are excellent.

But once more: what is your private evaluation of the HSG after just a few weeks?

I’m coming to a brand new group and a brand new league. I’ve an ideal ambition to take every little thing to the subsequent degree. I get pleasure from each observe and my boys progress. Comfort, in fact, is completely different.

Is the group too quiet, not supportive sufficient, does it want an actual chief?

There is uncertainty surrounding the result, and maybe that is the place the silence comes from. The leaders at the moment are returning to the group with Stefan Cavor and Magnus Fredriksen. It additionally means aid for others. Khaki is a giant increase for the second half of the season. Magnus is additionally crucial. Full management of the assault rests with the center man. All gamers achieve confidence and peace of thoughts after they see that they’re guided. Jonas Schelker carried out properly. But he got here into growth as a quantity two, then in a single day grew to become the primary at his place, and there was a little bit of a shock about it. I speak rather a lot with Shchelki, additionally to guard him. We want a center man to set the tempo, to see who is in temper and who is not. Magnus defuses the state of affairs and exonerates Jonas. I make a promise to the followers who hope to faithfully come to the world, and who I naturally belief at our residence video games: everybody will give their all, together with their physique language.

They appear very quiet. Are you loud?

I repeatedly do respiration workout routines, that is why I’m calm. If I hold yelling as a coach, nobody will hear me in three weeks. It is necessary to have the correct authority within the group. It solely works for a short while with screaming and shaking. If you make a participant higher and he sees it, it is good on your popularity as a coach. Of course, I discovered rather a lot from my father. His expertise can’t be present in any e book.

But your father skilled and skilled one other technology of handball gamers as a coach…

Of course, with the other ways of speaking and the pace of social media, players know every little thing as of late. They may also discover that your coaching as a coach is poor. To handle them, you need to perceive them. One desires you to stroke him, the opposite must work onerous. Another wished extra permission between departments. I’ve loads of private calls, however they’re by no means longer than six or eight minutes. Because boys have a a lot shorter consideration span as of late.

What do you consider psychological workout routines?

I had this on Nexe, it helps guys rather a lot. How do you take care of stress? Everyone has a knot to resolve someplace. Biceps or quads have their limits, you’ll be able to’t raise 5 tons. But the border is open within the thoughts. The HSG group has rather a lot to supply, and I need to uncover these reserves myself. But in the long term, psychological coaching additionally helps each skilled athlete.

An instance is Vladan Lipovina, who till now has solely partially used his artwork. How to resolve the issue with the correct again three gamers?

I do not know why Vladan Lipovina performed like that. One factor is for positive: Stefan Cavor is coming again, Jovica Nikolic is younger and able to growth. We are considering of giving up the participant and strengthening ourselves in one other place for a short while.

For protection?

In the relegation battle, you could defend properly, be composed, give 100% and extra. Especially on the subject of giving up habits, it means investing every little thing and doing it good. It is essential to be calm within the assault, focus and take accountability for every ball. This is the mantra. Hendrik Wagner strikes to the within block, so there is rather a lot to find. I advised him: All opponents needs to be afraid of you.

On Saturday we journey to Flensburg for the cup after which Hannover come to Wetzlar to renew the Bundesliga. Is a brief preparation time sufficient?

I had an ideal keep in December. Now we is not going to attempt anymore, however there are video games that we have to put together properly. This space loves handball. We should react, encourage the viewers and take them with us.

For you who dwell in Dutenhofen, there is a danger of strolling across the village after dropping and using in a sedan chair if you win…

Oh, I’m Croatian. We’re world champions at throwing events at our home, and we’re additionally world champions at cursing.

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