At the season finale in the third football league, Viktoria Berlin is hovering between the pressure to win and hope.
“We have to win our game and Duisburg also has to win at Verl. But the first priority is that we win,” said winger Lukas Pinckert with regard to the exciting season finale in the home game against SV Meppen on Saturday (1.30 p.m. / Magentasport). “This excitement is good for us. It makes you want to win even more.”
The climber from the capital can get 40 points with a win over the Emslanders. The only remaining relegation competitor SC Verl has 39 points and a goal difference of seven goals before their final home game against MSV Duisburg. Three of their own points and a loss by Verl must come together, unless Viktoria manages to win by a rout in the event of a draw by Verl.
In the final spurt of the season, the Berliners gave up their points advantage over East Westphalia and slipped to the first relegation zone last weekend.
“You’re definitely annoyed that you gave away points. But unfortunately, we can’t change that anymore,” said the 22-year-old, who, as a third-division newcomer, played most of the games within the team together with defender Jakob Lewald. “I’m definitely proud of the club’s trust to play in every game you could play in. I worked a lot for that when I was young,” said Pinckert, who came from the second team at Hamburger SV before the season.
Even if Viktoria coach Farat Toku, who followed Meppen’s 3-2 win live last Saturday against newly-promoted Eintracht Braunschweig, only speaks of a minimal chance, Pinckert hopes to remain in the third division: “Viktoria has arrived and can also establish themselves. We will do everything we can to ensure that the detour via the regional league does not have to be taken.” Pinckert himself made his first professional season want more: “Once you’ve played in the third division, you’d like to continue playing there – or higher.”