Schreuder: "We'll have our chances"

Head coach Alfred Schreuder spoke at the press conference prior to the Bundesliga match against RB Leipzig (Saturday at 15:30 CET/Live Ticker at about the opposition, Julian Nagelsmann and the personnel situation.

Alfred Schreuder on…

…being reunited with Julian Nagelsmann: "It's obviously a special match. I'm really looking forward to it. He's a good mine of mine. And it's not just Julian, but my former colleagues Timmo Hardung and Benjamin Glück too. We worked together for a long time. It was very successful and we became friends too. I think we're all looking forward to seeing each other again."

…RB Leipzig: "They're a top opponent. The team's development has been superb. They've got better and better over the past few years. Leipzig play a fast-paced and possession-based brand of football and are very good at switch-play. The clearly have some good players in their squad."

…Saturday's clash: "Leipzig will want to dominate the match, but we'll have our moments too. It's going to be a very intense match. I think we'll have our chances. We need to be well prepared and to focus on our strengths."

…the personnel situation: "Sebastian Rudy is suspended, but we have some alternatives in Dennis Geiger, Lukas Rupp and Diadie Samassékou. Samassékou is progressing very well. It was a shame he was injured. Kevin Vogt is still carrying a knock. Benjamin Hübner is still ill. We hope that he'll be feeling a bit more up for it by the time the game comes around. Both players are major doubts. We have 18 or 19 candidates for the starting XI on Saturday."

The social media fan question of the week:

Do you watch matches involving the TSG youth teams?

"We follow the lads of course and are in constant communication with the youth coaches. We have some really talented youngsters. And in Pellegrino Matarazzo, we have an expert specifically for this on our coaching staff."

Head-to-head record:

The two teams have a completely even head-to-head record heading into their seventh Bundesliga meeting, with Leipzig and TSG having won twice each in addition to two draws. It is Hoffenheim that have the superior goal difference however, having scored 14 and conceded nine against the Red Bulls. 

The opposition's form:

Coach Julian Nagelsmann and his charges are unbeaten in seven matches, a run during which they have picked up six wins and one draw. The men from Saxony currently occupy second spot in the Bundesliga and have reached the last 16 of both the DFB Cup and the Champions League.


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