Borussia’s head coach Marco Rose spoke ahead of Wednesday’s Bundesliga match against SC Paderborn (20:30 CET) about...
...the squad: Not much has changed. The only difference is that Stefan Lainer is a doubt for the game after picking up a knock to his knee against Wolfsburg on Sunday. Andreas Poulsen (ankle) and Torben Müsel (knee) are the only other absences.
...the two recent last minute defeats: Every player deals with these kind of results differently. I can’t read their minds. However what I can say is that we’ve spoken about it and have tried to deal with it objectively, without completely ignoring the emotional side. It’s important that we react to it well now. Luckily we now have a home game which gives us the chance to put it right. We need to get a positive result to put ourselves back on track.
...their approach to the game: We need to get our positive energy back on Wednesday evening, otherwise it will be tough. We’ve been missing that a bit in the last two games; especially in the final few minutes. If you let the opposition think that they can get something right at the end then they will take advantage of it. However, if we do the opposite and show them that we still want to win the game, they will panic. We’ve done this very impressively in a number of matches. It’s important to pick ourselves up and keep going right up until the final whistle.
...possibly running out of steam: I don’t want to hear that. Even if it that was the case, it wouldn’t be important. We now have two more matches to go and we want to be successful in them. If we had made the knockout stages last Thursday, we certainly would have had enough energy to carry us through. However after two difficult defeats, it’s a matter of putting them behind us and bringing the energy that we showed against Bayern. If our energy levels and decision making are as good as we want them to be, then we will get the three points tomorrow. However if we don’t do this then we will struggle – it’s that simple.
...their upcoming opponents: Paderborn play with a lot of confidence, defend with a high line and try to play good football. They don’t just play long balls over the top, but rather try to make good combinations and advance up the pitch at a high tempo. If we aren’t strong in the tackle then Paderborn will cause us problems, like many other teams have already found out. Paderborn have developed the sort of mentality where they will always play confidently and remain positive, no matter where they are in the table. They haven’t been completely outplayed in any of their games so far this season.
...their chances of being top over the winter break: It’s only an issue for us because people often talk about it. Other than that we don’t really take notice of it. If we have the chance to end the Hinrunde at the top of the table then we will happily take it. But first we need to make sure that we win our remaining games. We want to get all three points tomorrow evening to improve our position in the table.