In his press conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to SV Werder Bremen (15:30 CET), Borussia head coach Dieter Hecking spoke about…
…squad updates: Julio Villalba has returned to team training after overcoming a bruised shoulder. Nico Elvedi remains a doubt for inclusion on Satiurday after suffering an ankle strain in the home win over Düsseldorf. Aside from these injuries, all of our players are available for selection in Bremen. As coach of the team, my task is to now decide which players should start. Up to this point this season, I’ve had the feeling I have chosen the correct players for each match, even if the players haven’t been able to give absolutely everything they have.
…expectations ahead of the Bremen match: Werder Bremen will want to return to winning ways after their two recent Bundesliga defeats. They will also try to show their true colours in the match. Consequently, we have to believe that they will approach the match aggressively in front of their own fans and play attacking football. This has been a successful approach for Werder up to this point this season.
…the current standings: I'm avoiding the use of the phrase "moment" regarding our position in the table. If you're at second place after ten games, then you're second, and that has nothing to do with a moment. Of course things could easily change in four weeks time but we are currently second. We shouldn’t take this for granted as the season doesn’t end after ten matches. However, I think the team deserve to be in second place. We now have the challenge of continuing to build on our start to the season on matchday eleven.
…the Foals’ attack: It’s great to have so many players who can score. Alongside Hazard, Plea and Hofmann, who have scored the most goals so far this season, I’d also mention Raffael, Stindl, Herrmann and Johnson. Traoré is also on his way back to form after returning from a long period out with injury. It is a very good feeling knowing we cause a lot of danger for opposing defences. However, it won't do us any good just charging forwards. The balance has to be right, which it has been for almost all of our matches so far this season. We want to achieve this balance again in Bremen.
…Christoph Kramer’s situation: I can fully understand that Christoph isn’t fully satisfied at the moment. I was once a player myself and when I didn’t play, I never wanted to the see the coach to discuss it. The most important thing is that we consider each other’s opinion and continue to respect each other. This is what we are doing. Chris is certainly not a bad footballer. There merely are other players in his position who are currently delivering strong performances. I am glad to have Christoph Kramer as well as Tobias Strobl and Denis Zakaria who can all play as a defensive midfielder. I believe all three can help contribute to further successes this season.