Next stop: Wolfburg! Die Roten Bullen are back in Bundesliga action on Tuesday (18:30 CET) against VfL Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena.
"After last week’s disappointment, we were get back on track with the draw against Mainz. It’s quite striking that we’ve managed to play well in the matches after Champions League. We often won those games, but on Saturday we couldn’t manage it. The extra burden is a huge challenge for the team. And obviously a part of that is that you are a little more unfocused and tired at set pieces, especially at the end of the game. But when I look at our points average, it’s quite extraordinary how the team is performing.
Wolfsburg are a very compact team that have given away very little in the last few games and have picked up many points. We need to give a good account of ourselves in order to get something from the game, but we have managed to win a lot of tricky away matches already. Martin Schmidt has brought stability since his arrival, especially in defence. They also have plenty of quality in attack. They have players on the pitch that know how to get the best out of Mario Gomez in attack. All in all, it’s no coincidence that they have picked up so many points in their last few matches.
The last few weeks have also been very intense for us coaches. But we have enjoyed the time, as they were very informative, exciting and have made us hungry for more. I am proud that we will still be in Europe come spring and I’m looking forward to seeing who we are drawn against."
• Bernardo and Jean-Kévin Augustin are sick and most likely won’t be able to play.
• Dayot Upamecano and Naby Keita are available for selection again after recovering from injury.
• Emil Forsberg (abdominal) and Marcel Sabitzer (shoulder) are both injured.