Topspiel in the Red Bull Arena. On Saturday (18:30 CET), the league-leaders take on third-places Borussia Mönchengladbach.
In his press conference, head coach Julian Nagelsmann gave his thoughts on the opponents, the bitter defeat in Frankfurt and the current situation in regards to squad availability.
Julian Nagelsmann on ...
... This week's training:
- "I'm happy with what the lads are doing. The 11 v 11 was well-contested on both sides. The boys have been showing a good attitidue in the sessions, but that was also the case in Frankfurt. If we talk about wanting to be as successful as possible, we also need to train as hard as possible. We want to fill our ambitions with life, not words."
... Borussia Mönchengladbach:
- "This is a top top game that will be played between two equal sides. Both teams want to play attractive football. Both teams have a good mentality with a lot of offensive weaponry. The game starts at 0.0.
Gladbach are good going forward and play with good tempo. They create a lot of opportunities to counterattack and press hard. Their development shows that they're doing a lot of good work over there. They're up there in the table."
... the next few games:
- "We've got some important, but not yet decisive weeks coming up - in the Bundesliga at least. In the DFB-Pokal next Tuesday, it's 'do or die'. It will be a strange match-up given that we lost there in our last leage match. So we have't given ourselves the best starting point in the league, this is why it's so important to get better results against Gladbach and Bayern."
... Dani Olmo:
- "Dani has made a good impression, especially in attack. He needs to get into some defensive work. Of course he's learning a lot of new things and getting new information, which he's applying really well. We don't have any concrete plans for hom on Saturday. Whether or not he features depends on how our other players are looking. Nothing's been decided."
+++ squad update +++
- Lukas Klostermann, Marcel Sabitzer and Konrad Laimer picked up slight knocks at the start of the week, but are back in training and in contention to start on Saturday.
- Marcel Halstenberg has picked up four yellow cards and is one away from a suspension.
- Long-term absentees Willi Orban, Kevin Kampl and Ibrahima Konaté are still out. Kampl's return to first-team training is predicted to take place at the beginning of march. Konaté is already training individuallly, the coaching staff see him returning at some point in February.
- Matheus Cunha is still away with the Brazil U23s until February.