After the first training session of the new week, in which Christoph Kramer was reintroduced to training, coach Dieter Hecking spoke about the Foals’ successful season so far but also warned about setting expectations too high.
Good news from the start of the Foals’ training week. Christoph Kramer can now take part in exercises with his teammates once again and will seemingly return to team training soon. Those out with injury are the same as before, with Matthias Ginter (fractured eyes socket and jaw bone), Jonas Hofmann (muscle injury) and Mamadou Coucouré (muscle tightness in thigh) all unavailable.
“We want to continue the success”
In a discussion with journalists, coach Dieter Hecking warned of the Foals’ current league position and how it is likely that the success will bring high expectations. “We are ambitious and of course want to stay at the top for as long as possible, but we also know that every game is hard work and it will be difficult to defend this position,” said Gladbach’s coach. His outlook after the Leipzig game was that, like many teams, the Foals want to stay on Dortmund’s heels. “We’ve been playing really well for a while now, but that doesn’t mean we are a Dortmund-slayer. We don’t want to be considered title candidates, but instead a team that wants to play successful football week-in week-out.”
“Taking it game by game”
The games in the Hinrunde have shown that high expectations build pressur, which is not exactly what Gladbach wanted. “Last season we were always talking about the Europa League and chased after the idea in vain. We don’t want to make the same mistake this season,” explained Hecking. “We are in a good place at the moment and are just taking it game by game. Our focus lies solely on the upcoming game against Stuttgart which we want to win.” The clash will take place on Sunday evening (18:00 CET) in Borussia-Park. The Foals will have five more training sessions before the game: today at 15:30 CET, closed sessions on Thursday and Saturday at 10:00 CET and an open training session on Friday at the same time.