"Thinking about the here and now!"

Head coach Julian Nagelsmann spoke to the press ahead of the home game against DSC Arminia Bielefeld

In the fifth Bundeslliga home game of the season Arminia Bielefeld travel to Leipzig! RBL will look to add to their points tally at the Red Bull Arena, with kick-off coming at 15:30 CET.

Ahead of the game, head coach Julian Nagelsmann spoke at the press conference about the upcoming game as well as team news.

Julian Nagelsmann on...

... Arminia Bielefeld:

  • "On Saturday we're up against the strongest runners in the league - on average, Arminia cover 120.4 kilometres per game. Therefore, they're very hardworking. They're also the team with the deepest defensive line. We're used to opponents who play deep. With our high line, sometimes it works well against such opposition, other times not as well. I'm expecting them to stay compact and deny us a lot of space.

    In them, I see a few similarities to Paderborn last season. Bielefeld have also started well. They were promoted as the most offensively dangerous side in the second division and have tried to carry that into this league too. They play a lot of long balls, but they're not just random - there is always an idea behind it.

    At the moment they're not getting a lot of clear scoring chances and if I understood my opposite number Uwe Neuhaus correctly in his press conference, they're currently working on becoming dangerous in attack again. I hope that they don't rediscover those strengths in our game."


... Planning:

  • "Of course, I'm always thinking about the weeks ahead. It is part of my everyday job to consider which players play when. It's not always easy to come to such decisions. The score in a match, for example, always contributes to whether I need to make changes. 

    However, as a coach you're always planning ahead loosely. So now, in addition to our match against Bielefeld, I'm already thinking about the games against Basaksehir, Bayern and Manchester United.

    However, the job of the players is to think about the day-to-day aspects. The here and now. On Saturday there will be four or five players involved who haven't found their rhythm yet. The focus for them is to use their chance and repay our decision. With 17 points, it is the second most successful start to a season in club history, and the best home start with four wins from four. We also have the best defence in the league - we want that to continue."

... Alexander Sörloth:

  • "As a coach you always hope for the best: that a player settles in quickly and finds his feet. In the past, it was always good going for Alex, but here his start hasn't been as exciting. It is normal that a player then starts to think a lot - maybe too much. We have enough patience. There are a few aspects that he needs to work on. He has to try to have a more active and aggressive impact on the game.

    For an attacker, it's simple: the problem goes away when you score. Until now, Alex has only had one clear cut chance, which he missed. Next time, the ball has to hit the net, and he'll find himself in a better place within the group. It will all work out."

Stay warm this winter:

... Diego Maradona:

  • "It was a sad day for the world of football. I send my condolences to his family. Due to my relatively young age, I didn't have any close connection to him and the football of his time. Of course, I know about the countless videos. His style of play was very distinguished. What he meant to people - especially in Argentina - can be seen right now. Thousands of people mourning on the street, regardless of whether they are a fan or not. His impact on the footballing world was immense."

+++ Team news +++

  • Marcel Halstenberg has been making good progress with his recovery and rehabilitation. He is pain free and will return to team training on Friday. He is available for selection for Saturday's game against Bielefeld.
  • Benjamin Henrichs will be out for a few weeks with a patellar tendon inflammation.
  • Hee-chan Hwang tested positive for the coronavirus. He is currently in quarantine at home, away from the club's training centre and, in close co-operation with the health authorities, will continue to be tested. He is due to return to team training on 2nd December.
  • Lukas Klostermann (left knee) and Konrad Laimer (right knee) are both recovering from arthroscopy. Julian Nagelsmann is hoping that "Klosti" will be able to train with the team before Christmas, while there is not yet an estimated date for "Konni".
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