Borussia have started to focus on their first competitive game of the season on Friday night (20:45 CEST) at SV Sandhausen in the DFB-Pokal.
“Pre-season has been good and important, but we’re all glad the season is finally about to begin,” stated Stefan Lainer. New head coach Marco Rose held his first training session on June 30, working intensively from the off, in order to set the standards for the new season. There have been a number of training sessions held in BORUSSIA-PARK as well as a training camp in Tegernsee and eight friendlies.
The new system implemented by coach Rose will be tested out properly for the first time on Friday evening in Sandhausen, just seven weeks after his arrival at the club. “We are working hard on our game every day and there are plenty of positives, but it will still take a while longer before the team has perfected everything,” stressed Rose. After finishing fifth in the Bundesliga last season, the Foals will go into the game with the 2. Bundesliga as strong favourites, although the hosts have already played two league games, meaning they are in more of a rhythm. “A second-division team is the one of most difficult draws you can get in the first round. We know that we have to be on our game from the first minute and concentrate throughout,” said Jonas Hofmann.
There were no changes to the squad who trained at the start of the week. Christoph Kramer (ruptured ankle ligament), Torben Müsel (knee injury) and Tony Jantschke (back problem) remained out injured. Lars Stindl and Julio Villalba continued training individually too. The rest of the squad were on the training pitch for just under two hours. There are two more sessions planned this week (Wednesday & Thursday) so that coach Rose can fine tune things ahead of the Friday night fixture in Sandhausen.