Borussia are participating in the Schauinsland-Reisen Cup tomorrow afternoon in Heimstetten near Munich. Following this tournament, the Foals will travel south in Bavaria to Lake Tegernsee for their week long pre-season training camp.
Nine intensive days lie ahead for the Foals. Their first top is the small town of Heimstetten east of Munich where Borussia will be taking part in the Schauinsland-Reisen Cup. “In pre-season, the focus is on working up your fitness and to gather match time. Additionally, we want to practice the moves and exercises we have worked on in training. This helps you become successful,” said new Borussia head coach Marco Rose.
Borussia’s opponents at tomorrow’s tournament at Sportpark Heimstetten are fellow Bundesliga side FC Augsburg, second tier SpVgg Greuther Fürth and 3. Liga and local side TSV 1860 München. The knockout tournament will feature two semi-finals, a third place play-off and a final. All matches will last 45 minutes and will go straight to a penalty shoot-out in the event of a draw after 45 minutes.
Augsburg will open the tournament against Fürth at 15:00 CEST before Borussia begin against 1860 at 16:00 CEST. The third place play-off will begin at 17:00 CEST before the final at 18:00 CEST.
“The two opponents we face tomorrow will give us different challenges. However, we are focused on our game and that doesn’t depend on which opponent we face. Our aim is to play well tomorrow,” said Rose. However, the Foals head coach will travel to Heimstetten without the services of Jordan Beyer, who is suffering muscle problems, as well as Lars Stindl, Breel Embolo and Julio Villalba, who are all working their way back to full fitness. Florian Neuhaus, who has been in action with Germany U21s at the European Championship, and Ibrahima Traoré, who is heading back from Guinea duty at the Africa Cup of Nations, will return to team training after the training camp at Lake Tegernsee.
Michael Lang and Andreas Poulsen will both return to the matchday squad for the tournament in Heimstetten after missing the 8-0 friendly victory against 1. FC Mönchengladbach on Wednesday. The pair will be joined in the squad by U23s players Aaron Herzog and summer signing Jacob Italiano. “Overall, the tournament fits in very nicely in our pre-season preparations ahead of the training camp,” said Rose. The Foals will travel further south on Sunday from Heimstetten to the base for their Lake Tegernsee training camp. For the eighth time, Borussia will be based in Rottach-Egern at the southern tip of the lake.