The Bundesliga is back! The first game after the restart will come at home to SC Freiburg. It will be the first match after the historic win against Tottenham Hotspur to reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League. The Bulls drew their previous two Bundesliga matches against Leverkusen and Wolfsburg. After a 68-day break, Julian Nagelsmann's boys will be hoping to get back to winning ways.
In the pre-match press conference, Julian Nagelsmann discussed the unique preparation for this game, SC Freiburg and the pros and cons of a game behind closed doors.
Julian Nagelsmann on ...
… the current situation in quarantine:
- "There are actually quite a few similarities to training camps, however quarantine is something different, because you are permanently in the same place. We have used the time well, trained hard and prepared ourselves as well as we can for our opponents. We had an 11-a-side game yesterday and we're confident that we'll put in a good display on Saturday."
… SC Freiburg:
- "Freiburg had a few key players out injured back in March, who are back fit now, so that is beneficial to them. They are a flexible team, who are extremely dangerous from set pieces. They also showed in Dortmund that they can play good football. They are good at attacking second balls as well. It will be difficult for us to score if they sit as deep as they did in the reverse fixture. We will have to take advantage of the few counter opportunites afforded to us."
… tactical preparation for the game:
- "Preparing for this game has been very tough, as we can't analyse any recent Freiburg games. They are in the same boat though, so neither side has an advantage here. There will probably be more changes made during the game than normal."
… training in the stadium:
- "We have only trained in the stadium once. We simulated the whole matchday in order to follow the guidelines and prepare fully for the game on Saturday. We didn't think it was necessary to have any more training sessions in the stadium. Actual games are a different kettle of fish anyway. You can't simulate that importance in training."
… the pros and cons of games behind closed doors:
- When the fans are really loud, the team can be really inpsired by them, which we won't have now. Our job is to push ourselves - both the coaches and the players need to help each other. The situation also gives us the chance to concentrate on the game more and help develop the coaching. We can use this time to prepare for when the stadium is loud again."
… the close observation:
- "Of course we will be observed - it's a good thing that we are. We are all sticking to the hygiene guidelines that were presented to us. The requirements are strict, but we will try and be the best role models we can be. We simulated a match in the ground so that we won't make any mistakes."
+++ Squad News +++
- Dayot Upamecano is banned after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in the last Bundesliga game.
- Emil Forsberg is out with tonsillitis.
- Ibrahima Konaté and Kevin Kampl are fit after their injuries and are likely to make the squad. It's unclear if they will play though.
- Marcel Halstenberg currently has four yellow cards to his name and would be banned for the next game if he picks up a booking on Saturday.