NEWS: 05.10.2019

Rose: “It’s important to bring in fresh legs”

Rose: “It’s important to bring in fresh legs”
Head coach Marco Rose spoke with journalists at Istanbul airport yesterday before departing.

Head coach Marco Rose already has his sights set on the next task: the home game on Sunday against FC Augsburg (13:30 CEST). Rose spoke about...

...the importance of the late equaliser in Istanbul: It’s important to keep fighting right until the end of the game, and we believed that we could score a goal. We then managed to grab the equaliser through a set piece. It’s very important that we earned a point. Now we need to focus on the Bundesliga again. We’re doing quite well with 13 points and we want to keep this going.

...the small recovery time between the Europa League and the Bundesliga: Of course it will be a challenge because we only have two days to recover until we’re back in action again on Sunday. But we want to build on our good form in the Bundesliga. We earned our first home victory in a very long time against Düsseldorf and we want to continue this in the home game against Augsburg.

...Alassane Plea’s substitution in Istanbul: He picked up a knock shortly before the break and wanted to keep on playing at first, but then he realised he needed to come off. He’s in pain but it doesn’t look too bad. We need to wait for further tests to be conducted and then we will see what condition he is in.

...a possible rotation of the line-up: László Bénes is back in full training; he’s fit again. We also have a few other options on the bench. I think that it’s important to bring in fresh legs, especially because Augsburg play with a high level of physicality. They like to press high up the pitch; it will be an intense game. We need to be able to withstand it.

...how the team is developing in general: We are taking steps forwards but also backwards at times. For example in the game against Basaksehir, the first half was a step forward and the second half was a step backwards. But if you consider the entire development of the team, and how we are performing, then we are currently showing clear signs of improvement.