Schultz: "Has to be our aim to offer fans the best possible entertainment"
Friday, 17. September 2021, 16:45 Uhr
Next up for the Boys in Brown is a home game against newly promoted FC Ingolstadt 04 on Sunday (13:30 CET). As usual, head coach Timo Schultz took time out in the run-up to field questions from the media.
Timo Schultz on...
...the personnel situation: "Finn Ole Becker has a groin problem and remains a slight doubt. We'll see whether it makes sense to play him but won't take any risks. I expect Rico Benatelli to be able to train again today. Sebastian Ohlsson is back in full training and should be back to match fitness soon. Eric Smith will train again in part today."
...the central defensive pairing now Philipp Ziereis is back from suspension: "We have three really good central defenders, all with different skills. My task as coach is to ascertain which is the best pairing for Sunday's game. Having them all at my disposal is good for me. I can see all three of them playing in a host of different constellations. Current form one is one thing, what our opponents do is another."
...possible changes to the side: "You always take each game as it comes and assess how the lads are, what the options are and where the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition are. We have a very deep squad where we can't say these are the 12, 13, 14 players who will take us through the season. There may well be more than one change to the side that took the field at Hannover."
...the poor record after going behind (still no wins under Schultz): "Coming from behind to win games is a quality in itself. We've taken a huge step forward as far as our stability is concerned. The next step could be turning games round that don't start so well for us. I prefer it when we lead because that solves the problem by itself."
...opponents Ingolstadt: "They're one of the strongest-running teams in the league and have bags of pace. We know what we're up against. They have individual quality up front capable of causing problems for any team. Our approach to the game is to attack. We'll try to be bold going forward and find solutions to win the game."
...the good home record and the support of the fans: "We enjoy the games and soak up the atmosphere. The fans see that we always want to go forward, that we're brave and want to be creative. That's how we'll go out on Sunday again and try to get the fans on board as quickly as possible. The atmosphere at the last two home games was superb. USP [Ultrà Sankt Pauli] and the noise inside the ground will be even louder. It's up to us to take the fans with us and spark the crowd with our effort, desire, team spirit and passion. If we can do that, the Millerntor will turn into a cauldron. It has to be our aim to offer the fans the best possible entertainment."