On the road in Mönchengladbach! Head Coach Marco Rose answered questions from the media on Friday afternoon ahead of Saturday’s clash with Gladbach at BORUSSIA-PARK (18:30 CEST).
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… the expected atmosphere in Gladbach:
“I don’t have much control over that so I will take it as it comes. It’s an important game tomorrow and we’ve had some intensive days as a team. We’ve been focussed in our preparations and I think will be great atmosphere in Gladbach, as it always is.”
… Gladbach's head coach Daniel Farke:
“I don’t know him personally yet, but I am familiar with his career. He was in charge of the Dortmund U23s and then made the move to England. He was very successful at Norwich City and he gained promotion to the Premier League. He advocates an attractive style of football and that is currently the case at Gladbach. It places a lot of emphasis on possession and the players have taken to his style. His side have made a good start to the season after their difficulties last term. I am very much looking forward to getting to know him on a personal level. But of course we will want to win tomorrow (laughs).”
... the state of the squad:
“Our squad is fundamentally not very big and we have some important players missing such as Lukas Klostermann, Dani Olmo and Konrad Laimer. However, we will still have a good team out on the pitch tomorrow and we will also have some options on the bench. We are happy with who we have available. There are also some young players in the squad such as Sanoussy Ba and Hugo Novoa who are making a good impression. The upcoming international break will also be a good opportunity to see the top prospects in training.”
... Gladbach's style of play:
“I also like my team to have a lot of the ball! (laughs) But we also want to put in a complete performance. We want to win the ball back if we are out of possession. Something that Gladbach do well is making their opponents do lots of running in order to create space. It will be similar to what we faced against Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid. We did some good things in those two games and we are confident we can do the same tomorrow. It isn’t however, just about chasing the ball. We also want to make use of it ourselves. That’s why it will be an exciting game.
Gladbach can press really high when they are out of possession. Jonas Hofmann, for example, is excellent on that front. They also have ball-playing defenders and dynamic players. We have to be prepared for lots of pressing and we need to find solutions. We have our hands full against them.”
… Gladbach keeper Yann Sommer:
"Firstly, Yann is the type of guy that gets all the girls. (laughs) The kind of guy you want as a son in law. He can play guitar, is well-educated and read, just a nice guy and a great goalkeeper. In him, Gladbach have a really strong keeper, which was also the case during my time at the team."
… At look back at his year in Gladbach:
"I think it was a good time for me personally. I got to know some great people, the team qualified for the Champions League, Jonas Hofmann and Florian Neuhaus played for the national team for the first time when I was coach there. Things were moving in the right direction. But also there was obviously the last half a year where things didn’t go so well. In the end we missed out on playing in Europe by one goal and we came eighth. You can’t do anything to influence anything else. I am still in contact with a lot of people from the region and players, the club and the staff. All in all it was a very beautiful time.”
... His coaching staff RB Leipzig:
"Obviously I put thought into the coaching team and in terms of division of responsibility this has paid off so far. Analysis plays a part at every stage: From the creation of match plans to the post-match debrief.
Frank Geideck is especially close to the team and is involved mostly in the half-time team talk. Alexander Zickler is in charge of set-piece preparation, which worked really well in the past few games, and Marco Kurth is responsible for the connection between the players, youth teams, the medical department and the coaching team. It has been really good to work with this team and has been fun. At the end of the day we are all working together, even if there is a clear division of responsibilities.”
... Leipzig's intense style in the last few games:
"We have possibly run more in the last few games; in any case we have sprinted more. It is always a question of implementing the coach’s ideas and the boys have done this really well up till now. The club is also known for an attractive style of play and we also want to implement this. The squad enables us to do this. For example, David Raum is the type of player who likes to cross the ball and be involved offensively. You can see that the boys are listening and trying to implement our style and we want to continue like this. We already have good examples that show that this style can lead to positive results. This is good!”