Ahead of his first competitive game in charge of the Foals, a DFB-Pokal tie against SV Sandhausen, new head coach Marco Rose spoke during today’s press conference about…
…the personnel situation: We’re in a fairly comfortable situation with regards to injuries. Christoph Kramer (torn ligament), Tony Jantschke (back problem), Torben Müsel (knee problem), Lars Stindl and Julio Villalba (lack of fitness) are not available. Ibrahima Traoré is also out of the question for Friday because he is at a far too early stage in his training to be considered. Many of our other players have been working hard for five weeks. It would be harsh if one of them had to stay at home in place of Ibo.
…the possible starting eleven: We’ve used the friendly against Chelsea to form a rough idea of the starting eleven. It’s therefore no big secret that many of the players who started last weekend will be starting on Friday, but whether we use the same cast also depends on everyone being fit.
…the first-round draw: Drawing the team that finished 15th in the Bundesliga 2 last season in the first round is certainly a challenge to overcome, but we could’ve drawn plenty of other difficult opponents. We’ve drawn Sandhausen now, but the task doesn’t change regardless of the opponent: we want to progress to the next round.
…the development of the new system: The boys are all ready to accept the new style. We are well on the way to where we want to be, but there are still many things we need to work on. For us it’s about achieving a balancing act now between trying to install a new system whilst also getting the results we want at the same time.
...the lessons from the friendly against Chelsea : With all due respect to our next opponent, you cannot compare Sandhausen and Chelsea, for many reasons. One was a friendly, the other is a competitive match, for example. Plus, Sandhausen's pitch will be completely different, so instead of often being in pressing situations, we may have to defend a lot of first and second balls. In general, we will try and minimize mistakes and bring our game to the pitch on Friday night.
...the importance of the DFB-Pokal: Unfortunately, as a player in the DFB-Pokal I was often knocked out early, but I hope that won’t turn out to be a bad omen for us. We want to try and write our own cup history. We would love to start off with a victory on Friday and then keep progressing round by round in order to get the most out of this competition.
…the Borussia fans: So far, I’ve been incredibly impressed by our fans. Whether it be during the training camp in Bavaria, at the family fair or even on other days - the way people approach us, is really very pleasant. Now it's about getting the season off to the right start, and we’ll do that with the help of our supporters.
…the development of Michaël Cuisance: Micha is a young and very talented player who has given a good account of himself in preseason. If you watch him play, he can show real flashes of brilliance. But as a coach you also have to demand more consistency and more effectiveness. Micha can look absolutely class to an outsider on any given day, but he’s also got 3 or 4 careless mistakes in his locker, but that comes with youth. He has to work on his abilities so that he can operate at a consistently high level.
…the impression of Alassane Plea: "Lasso" is a top player, I really have been impressed with him. It’s not often that I’ve seen such quality in the final third in my career. If he manages to get a shot off in the penalty area, you’re almost guaranteed to be celebrating seconds after. We have to try and set him up in positions like that as often as possible. Lasso is also very keen to follow my new requirements with regard to pressing. He’s invested a lot, but he also has to learn to make the right decision more often.