Off to Frankfurt! After a 3-1 home win over Union Berlin to kick off the Rückrunde, the Bulls now head to Frankfurt for an away clash with Eintracht. No easy task; we are, as of now, winless in the city on the Main, something that we hope to change this weekend.
Julian Nagelsmann spoke to the press about this Saturday's opponents and the current squad situation...
Julian Nagelsmann on ...
- "It was a really open game in the Hinrunde. Even though Eintracht aren't where we expected them to be in the league, they're still dangerous. At the end of the Hinrunde, you could see that a few of their key players lacked a bit of energy. They've had a few matches that explain their current position in the table.
Eintracht are playing a different formation, but can change into their old system at any time. That can even happen during the 90 minutes, but we're well prepared for that."
... The coming match:
- "We know what to expect in the ground in Frankfurt. We need to get inot a certain mindset to counteract this. The boys shouldn't think too much about tactics. The main thing is readiness, hunger and being tough to beat. Only after this will our quality show. If we meet their mentality, we can gt the job done with our quality."
... starting the game slowly:
- "I often ask myself why we often go a goal down early on. Of course it's also down to the opponent. Teams like Bayern, Dortmund and Union more recently have simply started well. Just because we're top, doesn't mean we will just roll every team over. In the first few minuts of games, our defending's often been a bit all over the place, we weren't 100% switched on. We need to deal with this and step up our game from the first minute.
Preparation for matches is certaily harder than it was a few years ago, simply because teams are more flexible now. It's easier to react to things at half time, and take a look at what's gone really well. It's true though, that you can't always react and change course. I don't want us to have to react so often, but that we take mattters into our own hands from the first whistle. If not, you drop valuable points and it's harder to finish top at the end of the season."
+++ squad news +++
- Willi Orban, Kevin Kampl and Ibrahima Konaté are still out.
- Matheus Cunha is away with his national team until February.
- Emil Forsberg is back in team training and is an option to feature against Eintracht.
- Patrik Schick has been having a few thigh issues this week. An appearance on Saturday is doubtful.