Patrick Groetzki made a surprising comeback yesterday against the SG Flensburg-Handewitt in what many called the most important game of the season when it comes to the race for the championship. While the Rhein-Neckar Löwen are still in first place their lead in the standings is down to the goal difference, which favors them compared to Kiel at the moment. It’s no shocker that Groetzki now sees all remaining games as a final: “We still have the best chance of all teams because we’re in first place right now. But every single game will be extremely important, we have to win them all, it’s quite simple.”
Talking about his comeback he added: “I had one more examination on Monday. I went there with a good feeling and the result confirmed that the bone has healed well. Even though I was back in training yesterday I never thought I’d be playing 50 minutes. But that’s not bad at all. I wanted to help the them, that’s my job.” He would have liked to go out with a win, but Flensburg was just too strong. “We weren’t able to win enough one-on-one situations on offense, Flensburg’s defense worked very well,” the German international added.