A busy week in the Bundesliga! The Roten Bullen go again on Tuesday evening (18.30 CEST) against 1. FC Köln. Just two away matches remain after this one.
Head coach Julian Nagelsmann discussed the match and the squad ahead of the upcoming fixture.
Julian Nagelsmann on...
- "As a coach you are always asking yourself how you can motivate your players. I try to focus on the intrinsic factors, like the desire to win every single game. I try to share that feeling with my team and I think that you could see that in my team during the second half of the Hoffenheim game.
There’s obviously external motivation too, though. Our title chances aren’t gone yet, even if it’s only a very small chance. We want to keep the title race interesting for as long as possible. More than that, we want to have the best season in the club’s history. We need 68 points to achieve that, which would work out at a very, very good rate of two points per game.”
...the "Funkel effect" for 1. FC Köln:
- "It's really hard for Friedhelm Funkel to change the fundamentals in such a short space of time as the new head coach. But there were some things that stood out to me in their game against Leverkusen. They saw more of the ball and played with a more regular high press. From their point of view they were unlucky.
Even if we can’t see exactly what changes he will make, we have to prepare well for our opponents. Friedhelm Funkel has caused us a few problems with Fortuna Düsseldorf in the past. They were always tight games.
We want to press on and put in a really good away performance. The game earlier this season ended in a goalless draw - now we want to claim those points that we let slip away!”
...an appearance for Alex Sørloth:
- "Alexander Sørloth showed a really good aggression in Sunday’s training session. Aggression in a positive sense. He was really focused and I plan for him to play against Köln. He can bring that attitude with him!
He wasn’t in the line-up against Hoffenheim for tactical reasons. The ideas were fine, we just had to take advantage of one or two positions better to be truly successful. The position was manned well by Emil Forsberg, who is also an outstanding footballer."
+++ Squad Update +++
- Yussuf Poulsen is struggling with a hamstring issue. The coaching staff will assess whether it is sensible for him to make the trip to Köln.
- Marcel Sabitzer has had calf problems for a few weeks now – he is currently feeling some cramp and isn’t at 100%. He is a doubt for Tuesday.
- Konrad Laimer will be integrated back into team training this week. He will not be an option for the games against Köln and Stuttgart.