In the press conference ahead of the home game against 1. FC Köln on Sunday (15:30 CET), head coach Marco Rose spoke about…
…the squad situation: We’ll still be without Ramy Bensebaini and Tony Jantschke (both muscle strains) against Köln. We’ll also have to make do without Christoph Kramer due to the cranial bruising he suffered in Leipzig. We haven’t made a final decision yet on who will replace the suspended Alassane Plea. Of course, Breel Embolo is one of the candidates who could play in his place.
…the upcoming opponents: Köln will come here full of confidence. They’ve been working hard, picking up points regularly over the last six matches and they’ve also found a rhythm in their game. The team work very well and are aggressive in defence; they adapt very well and have a lot of powerful players, especially in attack.
…his expectations for the game: I’m expecting an exciting and tough derby, which we can go into with a positive feeling. We played very well in Leipzig, won against Mainz at home before that and we’re unbeaten at home in eight games. We’d love to extend that run on Sunday, of course. I hope that it’s a fair game, that we have a great atmosphere in the stadium and that our fans can give us that extra push.
…the charm of the derby: I haven’t been here that long, but you can just sense how important the derby is to our fans. The history, the geography and the traditions of the two clubs make it a tantalising clash for people in the area. For us, of course, it’s all about getting those three vital Bundesliga points. But we also know that this fixture means more than the average match for our fans.
…the emotional aspect of the derby: The lads will show their emotions and let it out, but of course within reason and it should help with the performance in particular. It doesn’t help if you overdo it in matches like these. You have to go into the game with heart and passion, but you also have to keep a cool head – that’s really important.