Frontzeck defends Hannover start

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Hannover 96 coach Michael Frontzeck has hit back at criticism of his side's start to the Bundesliga campaign, saying his players' performances are understandable.

Die Roten have invested heavily in their squad after finishing the 2014-15 Bundesliga season in 13th, with no less than seven new players brought in by Frontzeck in the summer transfer window.

Four first-team regulars also departed HDI-Arena, meaning Hannover boast an almost completely new-look squad.

As such, Frontzeck believes any criticism of his squad at such an early stage of the season is unwarranted.

"What takes place here is a logical sequence," Frontzeck told kicker. "We can talk about a lot of players who have the ability to make a team better.

"We have taken a different approach, with talented players who need time.

"This is not unusual, but actually normal. Therefore, I sometimes do not understand why the players are criticised."

Hannover currently occupies 16th place in the league standings, having started the new season with a 2-2 draw against Darmstadt 98, before suffering back-to-back defeats.

Frontzeck's men return to action on Saturday afternoon, when they welcome top-of-the-table BVB Dortmund to HDI-Arena.