DFB-Pokal round of sixteen at the Red Bull Arena! The next hurdle on the route to Berlin comes in the shape of VfL Bochum. On Wednesday evening (kick off: 18.30 CET), RB Leipzig will take on the second-division outfit under the floodlights for a place in the quarterfinals.
Head coach Julian Nagelsmann spoke at the virtual press conference ahead of the upcoming fixture.
Julian Nagelsmann on ...
... potential Rotation:
- "I'm keen to win the tie, so I'll name the best XI against Bochum. To ensure that we're as fresh as possible on the pitch, there may be a bit of variation. However, I'm not sure yet as to how much I'll change. At the moment, only Pèter Gulácsi's name is on the team sheet. Tomorrow's line up and our basic tactics will give players with little rhythm the opportunity to have a good game.
A few players have earned a break. Dayot Upamecano, for example, has had a problem with his knee every now and again. There's a chance that I won't pick him. Angelino has also played almost every game so far. He hasn't had any problems and always wants to be out there on the field. He is a player who doesn't need a break, nor does he want one. On Monday, he wanted to train with the substitutes rather than do the regenerative training – so you can see there a little bit about the kind of person he is."
... a dangerous Bochum side:
- "Based on the divisions of the two sides, Bochum are seen at the underdog. However, they are the most successful team of 2020 based on points totals and had their most successful first half of the season in 25 years this campaign.
They score a huge amount of goals and do so in different ways. I find their squad very interesting; they have very fast centre backs and two full backs who cover a lot of ground - one of which I was able to coach at Hoffenheim. They have a lot of speed on the flanks and also a lot of experience in central midfield. Robert Zulj, who I already know from my time at Hoffenheim, is a very talented player, who is also strong physically. Simon Zoller sprints up and down like a train and runs at everything. He is an incredibly hardworking player.
Bochum are in a very good place at the moment and have built up a lot of self-confidence over the past few months. Of course, they will want to progress and continue their successful run.
It will be down to us to stop them on Wednesday. We are certainly alert - it will be a feisty encounter."
... Cup dreams:
- "Of course, we want to win trophies, and that applies to the DFB-Pokal too. The team is smart enough to know what Wednesday's match is all about - it's a knockout game.
In FC Bayern, a big player is out of the cup already, but that doesn't change the significance of the competition, nor does it increase our chances of winning it, because there are still some very good teams left who would also like to lift the trophy who we'd have to get past.
We won't spend too much time thinking about the opposition, rather we need to bring our own performance."
... Lukas Klostermann:
- "Klosti is a very versatile player and can play in a number of different positions. He doesn't spend a lot of time thinking where he's playing - he just plays. He's just as reliable regardless of the position he's playing in, which makes him such a valuable player!"
+++ Team news +++
- Ibrahima Konaté is gradually being re-introduced to more aspects of team training. He is in a good condition but needs a little more time before being at 100%.
- Emil Forsberg still needs more time. The head coach is hoping that he will be available for the Bundesliga game against FC Augsburg – at the latest, the Champions League tie against Liverpool.
- There is no update on other injured players.