“It’ll be a damn hard challenge, but it’s not impossible!”

Ralph Hasenhüttl looks ahead to the DFB-Pokal match against Bayern Munich | Questions still hang over Bruma and Stefan Ilsanker’s fitness for the match

 A blockbuster DFB-Pokal match against Bayern Munich awaits! The DFB-Pokal record champions Bayern Munich will travel to the Red Bull Arena on Wednesday (KO 20:45 CEST) in the second round of the competition. At the beginning of a huge week, Die Roten Bullen want to secure a spot in the third round of DFB-Pokal.

Below are the most important quotes from head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl from the press conference before the game as well as all the updates on players.

Ralph Hasenhüttl:


“There are definitely easier teams to be drawn against than Bayern Munich, but I’ve never wanted it to be easy. Whenever you play Bayern, you’re up against a truly world-class side.

It’s not easy to find Bayern’s weak spots – if you want to reveal them, you have to play incredibly well, like we did against them in May last season. We managed to put them under pressure when they were on the ball, which is something we’ll need to do again tomorrow!

It’ll be a fifty-fifty game. I wouldn’t say we’re complete outsiders – we’re more than capable of pulling something off at our own ground. It’s all about winning and going through to the next round. It’ll be a damn hard challenge, but it’s not impossible!

The biggest challenge will be to be brave on the ball – to make our presence felt, but not be careless.

There’s a good mix of focus and positive anticipation for this match within the team. Our confidence and form are both just right; everything’s set for a great night of DFB-Pokal football!”

Bruma's position in the squad against gegen Munich is yet to be decided due to muscle problems.
Stefan Ilsanker's place in the team will be decided closer to the game, due to his broken toe.

Player updates:

  • Bruma is suffering from muscle problems. His place in the squad is yet to be determined.
  • Stefan Ilsanker’s place in the squad is also yet to be determined due to a broken toe.

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