NEWS: 01.03.2018

"We have to back it up"

"We have to back it up"
Head coach Dieter Hecking

Head coach Dieter Hecking spoke to the press ahead of Friday evening's clash with Werder Bremen.

…squad update: I wish that we had no injuries to report but that's not the case at the moment. We'll be without the following tomorrow: Raffael, Ibrahima Traoré, Fabian Johnson, Tobias Strobl, Julio Villalba, Oscar Wendt, László Bénes and Mamadou Doucouré. Raffael isn't out long term and should resume training soon. Fabian Johnson, Oscar Wendt, Tobias Strobl and Ibrahima Traoré are all making progress and will be back in a few weeks. Lászlo Bénes will be out for a little longer. He just needs to keep his head up.

…the end of a poor run of results: You could see after the goal against Hannover that all the players were relieved of the burden. When you lose four in a row without scoring, of course it's going to affect the team. The goal was a relief. Now, we have to back up that performance on Friday night against Werder Bremen - that won't be easy. We have to keep fighting and play with spirit.

…Raúl Bobadilla's role: The start of his return wasn't how either party had envisaged it. Boba missed lots of the first half of the season through injury. It's great that he's been able to play in the last two games. He gives us more presence in attack and helps brings his teammates into play. You saw that against Dortmund and he was even better against Hannover-

…Nico Elvedi's development: Nico has made serious progress this season. He's a crucial player in the squad and is very versatile - he plays well no matter where we play him. He's started playing on the left without any issues. Playing in the World Cup would be a rightful end to a great season for him.

…the fans' support: We can only achieve our goals with the fans behind us. If we play like we did against Dortmund again on Friday night, I'm sure we'll get a result. In our current state, the fans' support can make a massive difference.

…the upcoming opposition: I find it remarkable how Bremen have fought against relegation. The way they're playing makes them the best team in the bottom third of the table for me. They have a very good goalkeeper in Pavlenka, Moisander is solid at the back, Delaney in midfield and Max Kruse who is dangerous. Max is crucial to their side. Tomorrow, we need to stop him.