On Saturday afternoon, the Roten Bullen take on SC Freiburg on matchday 7 of the Bundesliga in the Red Bull Arena (kick off: 15:30 CET).
Ahead of the game, head coach Julian Nagelsmann spoke at the pre-match press conference and discussed the upcoming clash as well as team news.
Julian Nagelsmann on ...
... a new-look SC Freiburg:
- "Like many teams, SC Freiburg had a number of departures ahead of the new season. But they've been able to replace them well and are overall a very consolidated and effective team. The core of the team has played together for a few seasons now and all under the same head coach. They have a lot of established routines, a very good mentality, and a clear style that they have developed over a number of years."
... Freiburg's style of play:
- "They were, and still are despite the changes, a very good team. In my opinion, the start to the season is not representative - they haven't deserved to lose in some games and have been unlucky in dropping points. They will also be looking for a win against us and we're expecting a team who are good in defence, strong in duels and work hard against the ball."
... the attacking qualities of our defenders:
- "The way Nordi and Angelino get forward down the wings makes them very important for our game. We want to put the opposition under pressure and also create chances in doing so. The pair do that really well and have even scored or provided assists themselves. Marcel Halstenberg and Benny Henrichs are also getting better and better in this position. Against compact teams who sit narrow and deep, it is really helpful and important to have good players on the wings!"
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... confidence after the victory against PSG:
- "A win like that against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League is a lift, of course. I've also noticed it in myself. Whether home or away, if you don't win it's not a good feeling and you can't switch off and your mind starts to play on you. Therefore winning against PSG did a lot of good. Also, the team demonstrated that they can come through a tough start to the match and turn a game around. That's really good for the self-confidence and managing stress levels!"
... finding the right balance:
- "Currently, and looking ahead to the schedule, we don't have many opportunities to manage the players' workload optimally. Rather, the schedule defines the training times and preparation. The players train, play, recover, train, play, recover. Therefore, all that we can control is the intensity of individual units."
+++ Team news +++
- Dayot Upamecano will not be available due to a slight muscle injury.
- Benjamin Henrichs is working on a slight knee injury. A decision about his involvement in training and tomorrow's game has not yet been made.
- Justin Kluivert suffered a knock to his knee during the game against PSG. He will undergo a medical examination which will determine his availability.
- Lukas Klostermann and Konrad Laimer are still unavailable and will not play.
- Nordi Mukiele is fit again and available for Saturday.