Schreuder: "Simply sitting back doesn't make sense"

Head coach Alfred Schreuder spoke at the press conference prior to the Bundesliga match away to FC Bayern Munich (Saturday at 15:30 CET/Live Ticker at about the clash with the record champions, the opposition and the personnel situation.

Alfred Schreuder on…

…the clash on Saturday:

"Bayern like to have the ball and play football; we'll need to prevent that. But we'll need to be strong in every area – defensively and offensively. They'll attack us; we'll have to find spaces and go forward with courage. Simply sitting back doesn't make sense. We have a good plan and we'll see whether we manage to pick up any points."

…the opposition:

"Bayern Munich are in absolute top form, but every team has strengths and weaknesses. I've seen a lot of Bayern's games, they're obviously a superb team. But when you see a lot of them, that also means you can analyse them well and see how they like to play. They're not going to give anything away; we'll need to create our own chances."

 …the mood in the camp:

"Everyone is really up for facing Bayern. They're the best club in Germany, and in the Champions League we saw just how good they are. It'll be a big challenge for everyone here. We want to take the next step and we're in a positive frame of mind. We'll create chances for ourselves and show courage, I'm 100 percent certain of that. The players are training well, they believe in our way of playing."

…the personnel situation:

"Andrej Kramarić took part in training yesterday; it's all going according to plan with him. I'm hoping he'll be back with us soon. As for Kevin Vogt, there's not much of a chance he'll be involved. Diadie Samassékou is still injured, he won't be back until after the international break."

The social media fan question of the week:

Will you and the team be paying a visit to the Oktoberfest?

"No, we're going to Munich to play football and do our job. I know the Oktoberfest is important for many people in Germany, but our sole focus at the weekend will be football. And I don't have any Lederhosen either."

Head-to-head record:

The two clubs have met in the Bundesliga 22 times – and Bayern have the far superior head-to-head record, with more wins (15-2) and more goals (50-19). TSG are yet to win a single game at the Allianz Arena. FC Bayern have won each of the previous three meetings with TSG, though the Sinsheim outfit won the two matches before that.

The opposition's form:

It's fair to say that the Bavarians are in pretty exhilarating form following their 7-2 demolition of Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League. As Bayern are also top of the Bundesliga table and have yet to lose a game so far this season, TSG can expect the home side's confidence to be sky-high.


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