Next stop, Bremen! Following last weekend's defeat to league leaders FC Bayern, Die Roten Bullen are looking to get back on track in matchday 28's Bundesliga trip to Werder Bremen. Kick-off at the wohninvest Weserstadion is 15:30 CEST on Saturday, 10th April.
We heard from head coach Julian Nagelsmann at his pre-match press conference, speaking about the upcoming opponents and the current personnel situation.
Julian Nagelsmann on...
...Saturday's opponents Werder Bremen:
"Bremen have recently changed from a back-three to a back-four - they've also switched up their press between a front-two and front-three. We therefore don't know exactly what to prepare for, as they are quite versatile. The defend compactly as a team and don't allow much through at the back. They also play with their heart on their sleeve; there's always a lot of noise there, even without the fans, so it will be a fierce contest."
...the DFB-Pokal semi-final meeting:
"Bremen deserve to be in the semi-finals. It's a bit odd to be playing them in the league right after they've been confirmed as our cup opponents. We won't be doing anything out of the extraordinary this weekend to try and get in their head for the semi-final though. We won't to have our most successful season ever, so it's no time for experimentation. We don't want to open the door for them - we want to use this Bundesliga meeting to make a statement."
...motivation for the Bundesliga run-in:
"It's only human for us to need a little time to digest the defeat to Bayern, but proving all the critics who think that we're going to capitulate wrong is motivation enough for us. There's no logic behind giving up on the rest of this season and I know these lads well enough - they will continue to push themselves and I have seen that attitude in training this week."
...the in-form Tyler Adams:
"Tyler has made outstanding progress this year. He is a passionate player with an incredible mentality. He has a lot of talent and never stops chasing down the ball. This year, he has really developed on a technical front and his positioning has improved a lot too - he makes some great runs deep in behind. He can obviously still work on his goal threat, but Tyler has taken a huge step forward compared to last year and that shows in the game time he's getting."
+++ Team news +++
- Marcel Halstenberg returned to team training on Wednesday and is an option for the weekend.
- Yussuf Poulsen suffered a minor muscle strain last weekend and will miss the trip to Bremen. Yussi has been training individually this week.
- Angeliño is expected to return to the match squad for the trip to Werder. The Spaniard has completed parts of team training this week.
- Dayot Upamecano and Nordi Mukiele picked up their fifth yellow card of the season against Bayern and will miss the game against Bremen through suspension.
- Kevin Kampl served his yellow-card suspension last week and is available again.