Before the away fixture against SpVgg Greuther Fürth on Saturday at 1pm CET, VfL Bochum 1848’s manager Thomas Reis and Sporting Director Sebastian Schindzielorz faced journalists’ questions.
Thomas Reis has to contend with one major difficulty facing him on Saturday; skipper and talisman Anthony Losilla will not travel to Fürth with the team on account of his suspension due to racking up five yellow cards in the 2. Bundesliga this season. Someone who could benefit from ‘Toto’ missing out, Vitaly Janelt, looking to force himself back into the reckoning for a starting position in head coach Reis’ mind: “Vita has been ready to come into the starting side from the off. Now he has the time to prove his worth. I have absolute complete trust in him, because he’s already shown what he can do.” Reis has already made his decision as to who should step in as understudy for Losilla as captain on the weekend, but he’s not ready to reveal who quite yet: “It should not matter too much who wears the armband on the weekend. It’s much more important how the team performs together as a unit.”
The opponents waiting for VfL in Bavaria is one that Bochum’s manager sees as a strong and varied opponent. “We want to compete for the whole 90 plus minutes, we have to keep our opponents away from our as we did last time against Aue. But it will be a completely different match to last week’s."
There are just three matches left of 2019 for VfL. The target for these games is clear, Sebastian Schindzielorz said; “"We want to earn as many points as possible in these three remaining games of 2019. Our full focus is on Fürth. The table is tight, so much can change after each game. That's why we are only thinking game by game.”