RBL visit Los Blancos!
Head Coach Marco Rose and Emil Forsberg took questions from the media at the official press conference before our away game at Real Madrid on Wednesday night (21:00 CEST).
Marco Rose on...
… Konrad Laimer's absence:
"Konrad Laimer is obviously an important player for us, a key player. But we have a good and strong squad without him. Although we’ll miss him, we have a number of high quality players and we’ll do our best to implement what he normally brings to the table. That’s what we’ve got to start doing together."
… the gameplan for the match:
"There are many different possibilities for how we'll line-up. A different opponent means another different task for us. But our underlying principles should always be similar. We know that we will have to suffer from time to time, but we will always be trying to have the ball – because when you’re constantly chasing it, it gets difficult."
... Real Madrid's exceptional quality:
"We know who we are coming up against. They’re a team full of world class players of unbelievable quality, even with Karim Benzema’s absence. They are the defending UCL champions and got off to a perfect start in their league, with 15 points. It’s going to be a big challenge that we’re looking forward to taking on, and we will know where we stand afterwards. Real Madrid are used to winning, they play to to that principle, and their team performs accordingly. They often turned games around and won them late in the Champions League because they always believe in themselves. That is a trait of a big club, and it comes down to the individual quality as well. Everyone who has a contract here deserves to be here.”
... being “thrown in” to his role as head coach:
"I’d already been a coach for years, but have been out some time, playing golf and looking after my family. But now I’m back again. I’d played in the Champions League in the last two years with my teams, and in the Europa League with Salzburg, so the biggest stage isn’t something new to me. We played very well on Saturday against Dortmund and can continue the trend on Wednesday. At the end of day it’s not all about the result, but above all, how we perform in the game.”
... the special Bernabéu atmosphere:
“We’re not afraid at all. UItimately it’s a football match that we’re all looking forward to. We have the chance to play against the Champions League holders in a historic stadium. If you are afraid, then why are you playing football? The boys have experienced other loud, full stadiums before. Marseille, Glasgow, many grounds in England – a big opponent, a big stadium. We’re looking forward to it.”
Emil Forsberg on...
… the team's mentality:
"We reacted very well against Dortmund, and we wanted to give something back to the supporters, as our previous results had not been good, and we didn’t play well either. In that game, however, we brought a strong mentality and passion to the pitch, and you need that over 90 minutes in professional football. That is what distinguished us before, and now we’re back on the right track as a team. As players, that’s how we need to feel.”
… the anticipation before Real Madrid:
"We played a great game against Dortmund, there were lots of emotions – and it was really fun! And on Wednesday, we’ve got another great game coming up, we’re looking forward to it.”