Frankfurt / Main (AP) - Sven Hannawald trusts the German ski jumpers under the new national coach Stefan Horngacher similar successes as in the era of Werner Schuster.

"The fans can definitely look forward to many podium finishes. I'm just not sure if it will be the same at the beginning of the season, "said the former Four Hills Tournament winner of the German Press Agency before the World Cup opening weekend in Wisla. "I would be happy to start every super placement, but I also know that Stefan has already set the focus as national coach of Poland on the season highlights."

Horngacher took over in April the successor of Schuster, who had taken over the DSV Springer 2008 and led back to the top of the world. Of course, Stefan has high expectations. He is aware of that but also has the luxury of being able to take over a good package, "Hannawald said.

The 50-year-old Austrian had already shot "two, three screws". "It worked immediately for Karl Geiger, and for Andreas Wellinger as well. Unfortunately, he injured himself, "Hannawald said. The other jumpers need a little more time. Nevertheless, Hannawald believes: "Stefan can not be disturbed, even if it should not start at the beginning."

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