Two Bundesliga fixtures in one week! 1. FC Union Berlin visit the Red Bull Arena on Wednesday evening (kick-off at 20.30 CET).
Head coach Julian Nagelsmann gave a virtual press conference ahead of the match.
“Union Berlin are having an extraordinarily good, consistent season. Their coach Urs Fischer is doing an outstanding job and you can really see the good atmosphere in the team when they’re out on the pitch. They are really disciplined, they keep the distances between one another really short and are really compact, especially in defence, thanks to their tight formation.
Union are brutally quick to get the ball forward after winning it, they are really strong on the counter. On top of that they attack with a lot of heart, they go direct and they are really effective at taking their chances. They also pose a threat from set pieces. The whole club has developed extremely well and in my opinion they absolutely deserve to be where they are.
I am really pleased with our development, especially when considering how few full weeks of training we have had. We are well in the running in all three competitions; we’ve made the next round of the Pokal, we’ve navigated our Champions League group successfully and have a great game against Liverpool ahead of us. We’re also competing in the upper reaches of the Bundesliga, too. Now it’s about continuing to work on our consistency in the weeks to come.”
“American Football is just a really interesting sport. I think that people can learn a lot from watching American football, and so can the players, especially when you look at the discipline they have to learn and to implement new ideas. I already think that this is an area where football can improve. The game is composed of a huge number of different plays and the players have to understand a lot of specific concepts so that they can put them into practice on the field. In American Football that has to happen extremely quickly, and that is really impressive.”
+++ Squad Update +++
Benjamin Henrichs (inflamed patella tendon), Ibrahima Konaté (ankle injury) and Fabrice Hartmann (knee injury) completed part of their rehab programs on Monday, doing work with the ball as they continue the road to recovery.