Sporting director Markus Krösche took part in online media rounds, in which he have insight into the club ahead of the Bundesliga restart. He also discussed the affect a longer season may have on loanees, as well transfer rumours surrounding Werder Bremen's Milot Rashica and RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano.
Markus Krösche on…
… matchday preparations:
- "There are lots of things to organise for the matchday to abide by the DFL's medical concept. Such as social distancing inside the dressing room. So we need to set up another room for the boys to sit in. We also need a plan for where the subs will sit on the bench, because we need to socially distance there too. These will all need to be arranged, because we want the matchday to be as normal as possible, under guidance from health authorities."
… cooperation with health services:
- "We're in constant contact with them, and are cooperating well with health services. We've formed an extra task force, which keeps in touch with them. Health services and the social order office will visit us, and judge us in the same way they'll judge any business. We're don't have a special role, and won't be treated differently."
… heightened risk of injury after a long break:
- "It's presumptuous to look into your crystal ball and say there'll be more injuries now. All the players have been keeping fit, both in individual training and in sessions in small groups. They've not been on a break for eight weeks and aren't swapping flipflops for football boots in an instant. Clubs have professionals, who create training plans, so I'm not worried."
… dealing with loanees:
- "It's important that our loanees play to the end of the season, even if these are due to end in July. Given that FIFA have decided that loan deals are to run until the end of the season, there is also legal clarity. Nevertheless, I'm in contact with the other clubs, and there are clear signals of solidarity between all parties."
… supposed transparency of tactics during games behind closed doors:
- "I think that the coaching staff are looking at how they communicate with players on the pitch. Generally speaking, we're an open book due to the opposition's analysis. Julian and his team will find solutions, and if anybody works out what we're doing, Julian's clever enough to react."
… transfer rumours surrounding Milot Rashica:
- "Of course Milot is an interesting player, but we're looking at a lot of different players. Our core principle is to work with the players we have, and then consider who we can bring in to improve the squad. But it's complete nonsense that, in the current situation, you can make concrete assumptions. First of all, it's important to create the right framework, and we can only do that if we can play football again and finish the season."
… transfer rumours surrounding Dayot Upamecano:
- "It is obviously the case that we want to hold onto Dayot Upamecano. But we need to consider the financial aspect, and we don't want to lose a player for free, especially not our key players. We're very happy with Upa and he's a key member of the squad. Our goal is clear, we want Upa to stay."