Rudy: "I can barely contain my excitement"

Sebastian Rudy moved back to TSG in August and was named in the starting line-up for both of the club's competitive matches so far this season. The midfielder sat down for an interview with in which he discussed the upcoming showdown with Werder Bremen (Saturday, 15:30 CET), his impending return to the PreZero Arena as well as the defeat in Frankfurt.

Sebastian, you've been back at TSG for just over three weeks now. How have you gone about re-establishing yourself in the team?  

''A lot of things are the same as they were before and a lot of the same faces are there too. It's more or less the same routines and situations. So overall I'd say it's been pretty easy for me.'' 

The club will play its first home game of the season on Saturday. How are you feeling in anticipation of stepping out onto the pitch at the PreZero Arena again? 

''I'm so looking forward to playing out there in the Bundesliga again. I can barely contain my excitement. We want to pick up our first three points of the season against Werder Bremen.''

Does the opening-day defeat in Frankfurt mean there's more pressure on the team now? 

''Perhaps a little bit. Obviously it's never a good feeling when you lose on the first day. We didn't play badly at all, but in football it's just the result that counts. Unfortunately it didn't go our way in Frankfurt. But at the end of the day it was just one game and now on Saturday we have the chance to turn it around.'' 

What have you made of the level of performance in both the cup game in Würzburg and the Bundesliga opener in Frankfurt?

''We analyse our games and then have an open discussion about what was good and what wasn't so good. We shouldn't be conceding goals like that with just 36 seconds on the clock. We then had to spend the whole game down on the scoreboard. That won't happen again.''

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