World champion goalkeeper Henning Fritz is impressed by the performance of the current national goalkeeper Till Klimpke at the European Handball Championship.
“Till has developed well in the Bundesliga over the past four years and shown what he can do, his performance doesn’t surprise me,” said the 47-year-old of the “Stuttgarter Zeitung” and the “Stuttgarter Nachrichten” (Tuesday editions).
According to Fritz, the fact that newcomer Klimpke (23) is contesting the role of number one for the previous top dog Andreas Wolff (30) is not a problem.
“Ultimately, success is always decisive, and open communication by the coach is very important. Andi must know Alfred Gislason’s way of thinking,” said Fritz, who won World Cup gold with the DHB team in 2007. In the European Championship preliminary round final against Poland on Tuesday (6:00 p.m. / ZDF), national coach Gislason wanted to rely on Wolff from the start, but he became infected with Corona.
In the first two group games against Belarus (33:29) and Austria (34:29), youngster Till Klimpke was given preference over the 2016 European champions from Polish top club Vive Kielce from the start. While Wolff quickly came off the bench against the Belarusians, Klimpke from HSG Wetzlar surpassed himself in the win against Austria and the associated main round entry and played through.