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Head coach Julian Nagelsmann gave his pre-match press conference ahead of the trip to face Hertha BSC | Squad update

A busy week for die Roten Bullen comes to an end on Sunday afternoon against Hertha BSC (kick-off at 15.30 CET.) We want to take all three points in Berlin ahead of the clash with Champions League participants Borussia Mönchengladbach on matchday 23.

Head coach Julian Nagelsmann spoke at a virtual press conference, discussing the upcoming match in Berlin as well as the current state of the squad.

Julian Nagelsmann on...

 ...recovery and preparations:

  • “We won’t put any more strain on the lads after the game against Liverpool and the journey home from Budapest. Instead, we’ll just discuss some general things. We’ve watched Tuesday’s game back, of course, and we will take some lessons from that. Our analysts have also prepared some information on Hertha.

    Today, we will brief the players on the gameplan for Sunday. Hopefully we will travel to the capital with a good idea of what we’re going to do. We want to keep being successful in the league and strengthen our good position.

    We will go to Berlin in good spirits. We have a really good record there and with a win we can draw closer to Bayern and keep those below us at a distance.”
     

...the situation in the capital:

  • "They have become more solid under Pal Dardai. This season definitely isn’t going as they had imagined. Overall, the ball isn’t in play for too long in their matches; they give away a lot of fouls, without being too aggressive, and by doing so they always manage to disrupt their opponents’ rhythm. We have to withstand that physically.

    I’ve always said that Matheus Cunha is a great player and a great striker. He can be a bit impatient in certain situations. He had a lot of competition here in Leipzig and didn’t get the playing time he would have liked, so going to Berlin was right for him. Even if he is goalless in eleven games, we still can’t leave him alone. We know of his technical quality and his good finishing, whether that’s with his right, left or his head.

    They’ve brought a lot of experience to Berlin with Sami Khedira. His energy rubs off on his teammates. He's a lot more than just a leader though, he's also a real goal threat from midfield when he's fully fit. Sami is really reflective and a nice man. He’s an intelligent guy who can steer the young players in the right direction. He’s a model professional in all that he does."

...an exciting Bundesliga fixture on Saturday:

  • "Looking at the league table, there’s an interesting game for us on Saturday [Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Bayern Munich] which we will definitely follow. Frankfurt are in good form right now and are on a great run. Maybe they will get a point, perhaps they will even take all three. We are really excited to see who comes out on top. It will be an open game.”

+++ Squad Update ++

  • Benjamin Henrichs and Emil Forsberg are likely to be unavailable this Sunday.
     
  • Dayot Upamecano has a slight knee issue but he is not a doubt for the game against Hertha.

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