After Wednesday’s DFB-Pokal dramatics we’re back to Bundesliga action. This Sunday at 17:30 CEST, VfL Bochum 1848 are facing Borussia Mönchengladbach away from home. At today’s press conference, Head Coach Thomas Reis revealed how the pre-match preparations went so far and what he expects from the team that has thrashed FC Bayern München in their cup game this Wednesday.

Thomas Reis on…

…the personnel situation: No changes compared to the match against Augsburg. Maxim Leitsch, Simon Zoller, Herbert Bockhorn, Robert Tesche and Luis Hartwig are still not available. The rest of the squad is fit to play.

…Gladbach’s win over FC Bayern München: Gladbach played a sensational game against Bayern, and you have to give them credit for that. But that doesn’t mean that we need to be afraid of playing against them. That would be ill-advised.

…the qualities of the opponent: We know that they have a very, very good team. They stand very firm at the back and play a high pressing game – we have to be prepared for that. There is a new manager on the sidelines since the beginning of this campaign and it always takes a while to internalise certain things and make them work. Now they have played a great cup match. We have to give everything and have to avoid as many mistakes as possible to have a chance for the win.

…the last two games: Of course, the cup match against Augsburg took a lot of energy, as did the match against Frankfurt. That’s part of the everyday life in the Bundesliga. But after a successful match, rest and recovery is always a little easier. I’m glad that we have all the players on board. Everyone is eager to play, and no one is allowed to rest. There would also be nothing against taking the same squad on the trip to Gladbach.

…possible starting line-ups: We’ve ma de lot of changes to the starting XI lately but you have to bear in mind that these are all players who could easily be starting anyway. Probably, there will be a mixture of both line-ups from the last two games for the upcoming Gladbach fixture. We’ll have to analyse who suits the opponent best. As a team, we have grown together through our successes. The confidence in the idea how to play has grown. At the moment, I can make several decisions and I’m happy about that.

…those players who have played the entire 120 minutes: Anthony Losilla is like a steam engine – he can play any time. I’m not worried about him at all or what he’s got left in the tank. He’s an absolute model professional. Elvis Rexhbecaj is also a machine. But he still has to learn not to overpace and that he doesn’t need to help out everywhere on the pitch. I’m also keen to field Mašović again. Sebastian Polter is likely to start again and should keep going as long as his strength allows.

 

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