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"We're expecting a high intensity game"

Julian Nagelsmann in his press conference before facing Borussia Dortmund

The Bulls are getting ready to face Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night (20:30 CET) in a final away game of the year and a first game of a double match week. The objective - to defend the top spot! Julian Nagelsmann's boys want to be league leaders over Christmas. 

Ahead of the game, head coach Julian Nagelsmann spoke to the press about his side's league position, the upcoming game and his squad's fitness.

Julian Nagelsmann on...

...BVB:

"Dortmund are an exceptionally good team who pose a lot of danger going forward and play with a high tempo. They are good at adapting to lots of different situations quickly. They have a good mix of young, hungry players and older guys with lots of experience. They'll really push us tomorrow."
 

...the game:

"We're expecting a high intensity game, we've prepared well and we won't let the atmosphere in the stadium affect us. The number of goals scored will depend on both teams' defensive lines. It's about finding the right balance between defensive stability and creating chances up top."

 

...his team's points total:

"If we win then we will go seven points clear of Dortmund but if we lose then they will close the gap to one point. That's what makes it a so-called 'six pointer'. But, whatever the result is, it won't decide how the rest of the season goes. Even if we win, BVB could still overtake us by the end of the season and we could remain ahead of them even if we lose. Nevertheless, three points would give us a nice cushion and would set us up nicely for the second half of the season."

 

...the season so far:

"Whatever happens in these last two league games before the winter break, we'll be in a good position in all three competitions. We'll have reached our pre-Christmas goals. It would still give us a great psychological boost to reach 39 points before the break, though."
 

+++ Team News+++

  • Willi Orban, Ibrahima Konaté and Kevin Kampl remain sidelined by long-term injuries.

It's Christmas time!

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