It’s one of the games that VfL fans will have looked forward to the most after the promotion: VfL Bochum 1848 playing away at Bayern Munich on Saturday (15:30 CEST.). Before the game against the record champions, the press conference with Thomas Reis and Sebastian Schindzielorz.
Thomas Reis on...
...fitness update: Cristian Gamboa, Maxim Leitsch, Luis Hartwig and Paul Grave are not fit for action. Anthony Losilla took part in the warm-up yesterday and then worked individually. Today he trained fully, nothing stands in the way him playing. That makes the decision for me more difficult, because we are well staffed in this position.
... the upcoming battle in Munich: It's an exceptional game against an exceptional team. We know that the task won't be easy, but Bayern have never won all of their home games. This game starts at 0-0, so I'm looking forward to the away game.
... memories of games against Bayern: It was a long time ago, but of course you remember. As a player, I managed to get a point there with VfL, which nobody thought we could do, even back then when we were promoted.
... Bayern’s strengths: They’re a high-quality side. Of course, Bayern are well-versed gegenpressing. We have to throw everything against them. In an exceptional game, anything goes. We have to try to make it as difficult as possible for them to score. It would be fatal to lose the ball in midfield, because they are brutally strong in the transition game.
... expectations of his team: I expect us to show what we’ve learned from the Hertha game, there were unnecessary mistakes. We can't be so naive anymore. You learn from that, especially as a young player. We are in a learning process, but we also know that we have to learn as quickly as possible. In Munich, we can't let ourselves be overly in awe, we have to go into the match highly motivated. I have confidence in my team, but of course I'm also giving the guys tasks to do. To take something home, everything has to go right. We'll try everything to pull off a surprise. We have to go with our chests puffed out, we have nothing to lose.
Sebastian Schindzielorz on...
... Bayern München: "They have extremely high-quality squad - both as a team and individually. After eleven years of 2. Bundesliga football, we now get to play a top club in the first division at the Allianz Arena. We have to show the world that we are rightly back in this division. Anything is possible in a game, including a surprise. There is great anticipation that we will be able to present ourselves on a big stage.