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#RBLTSG: The psychological advantage

Coach Julian Nagelsmann gave his pre-match press conference ahead of the clash with TSG Hoffenheim

Full steam ahead towards the season finale! The Roten Bullen face TSG Hoffenheim at the Red Bull Arena on Friday (20.30 CEST). There are three home games remaining this season.

Head coach Julian Nagelsmann gave a virtual press conference ahead of the match, discussing the current squad situation among other topics.

Julian Nagelsmann on...

...the psychological advantage:

  • "No question: three points on Friday evening would be really important – it would also put some pressure on the leaders. A win would also give us a slight psychological advantage.

    In TSG Hoffenheim, a really good opponent is coming to the Red Bull Arena on Friday. In recent weeks they haven’t picked up the points that they perhaps deserved. They have good coaches, good players and always have good ideas going into a game. They make plenty of changes during the game and adjust to each opponent. Hoffenheim are in the top third of the table in terms of attacking numbers. Overall, they just allow too many goals and chances against.

    Our clashes with Hoffenheim have always been very even. They have set up very bravely – you saw that in the first half of the season too. We were able to win the game but it was close and not too pretty. The same goes for the matches last year. We have to put in a top performance in order to win this one at home.”
     

...the end to the season:

  • "We have tough remaining fixtures. We still need eight points for this to be the most successful season in the club’s history. We have to win our games – it is that simple. We are focusing only on ourselves in order to get as many points as we can. Then we will see whether Bayern stumble or not. Normally, it wouldn’t happen. If we finish in second then it was still an outstanding season.

    We still have room to develop as a team. And we have had a really consistent season even though we have so many young players in our ranks. We have been good, you’ve seen that already. If we can now go from good to great then we would be more than happy."
     

...work to do:

  • "[A comeback like this] has only happened once before: in 2001, Bayer 04 Leverkusen led the league with a five point advantage over Borussia Dortmund, yet BVB were crowned German champions in the end. We are two points closer again after Bayern’s draw with Union Berlin.

    We want to do our own job and so that is what we will do. Obviously we would love to be champions but for that to happen we need to win all of our games and hope that Hansi Flick’s team loses twice. That’s a big ask. We will try to attack them and we’ll see what comes of it in the end.”
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Julian Nagelsmann was head coach of TSG Hoffenheim between February 2016 and June 2019.
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Nagelsmann with Hoffenheim assistant coach Matthias Kaltenbach.

...Pokal preparations:

  • "Neither Hoffenheim nor Köln will be saying ‘go ahead,  take three points and go and prepare for the cup semi-final in peace.’ We have to keep going into Bundesliga games with full commitment. If we don’t do that then the game against Bremen won’t be as enjoyable.”

+++ Squad update +++

  • Yussuf Poulsen returned to team training this week and will be available on Friday evening.
     
  • Tyler Adams took a blow to his back in Bremen. He completed part of training on Wednesday and may be fit for Friday.
     
  • Lukas Klostermann also picked up a knock against Bremen but if all goes according to plan then he will be able to play against Hoffenheim.
     
  • Justin Kluivert took a knock to his ankle last Saturday but there is still hope that he may be able to feature this weekend.
     
  • Konrad Laimer continues to make good progress.

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