This Saturday, kick off 13:00 CET, FC Erzgebirge Aue are this week’s guests at Castroper Straße. In the build-up to the match against the side currently fourth in the league, head coach Thomas Reis and director of football Sebastian Schindzielorz faced the media in the weekly pre-match press conference.
The first topic broached was that of player availability and fitness. In addition to those sidelined with long-term injuries such as Ulrich Bapoh (ruptured cruciate ligament) and Sebastian Maier (ankle surgery), Thomas Eisfeld and Maxim Leitsch (training knocks) won’t be fit in time to play on Saturday. “Aside from that, Simon Lorenz will also be absent”, noted head coach Thomas Reis. “He was able to train individually this week and we all hope that he will be able to return to full team training next week.”
Danilo Soares, by contrast, is available to feature in tomorrow’s squad after serving his suspension (incurred due to the accumulation of five yellow cards this season). “Danilo in particular is very important for us and we’re happy to have more options to choose from in the full-back position – a position that were thin in recently, although Cello’ and Jordi did a good job”, says the head coach.
Tomorrow’s opponents for Reis’ team are FC Erzgebirge Aue, who are currently fourth in 2. Bundesliga. “They’ve been very good so far this season”, praises the 46-year-old. “They play simple, transition well from defense to attack and are often dangerous with their long balls – something we have to be wary of.” Reis also spoke about how his team must not perform as they did in the first half against last opponents VfL Osnabrück: “Of course we know what is demanded of us. We have to do a lot better. We need to be more clinical in front of goal.”
“We have to face the present now”
There were also questions asked today related to the possibility of transfer activity in the coming winter transfer window. “Our financial capabilities are limited, but of course we will still look around and see what we can do that is realistic”, director of football Sebastian Schindzielorz answered, before adding: “Whether there will be new signings or departures thought is not important today, as we have to face the here and now. What counts are the upcoming fixtures before the winter break.”