“Further ahead than this time last season” – Adi Hütter’s press conference
Coach Adi Hütter sees last year’s first-round loss away to Ulm in the DFB Cup as a warning sign to be heeded, even though his team have gained in maturity over the past 12 months.
Adi Hütter on...
...the personnel situation
“Ante Rebic is looking good. He’s pain-free now and if everything goes to plan between now and Sunday, he may find himself in the starting line-up. I said hello to Kevin Trapp just before this press conference but we didn’t get a chance to talk for very long – we’ll have the time to do that later on. We’ll have to see whether he’s the one in goal for us on Sunday. I’d like to be a little more cautious with Sebastian Rode. He’s up for it but we don’t want to push things too quickly. We’ll know where we stand a bit more after tomorrow’s final training session.”
...opponents Waldhof Mannheim
“I think that it’ll be a tougher match than we had yesterday in Liechtenstein. They looked very strong in their 4-0 win over TSV 1860 Munich. Last season, when we went out at the hands of a club from the fourth division, is also a warning for us, but I think we’ve come much further compared with 2018/19.”
...the advantage of already having played competitive matches
“Having three competitive matches in our legs already is a huge advantage compared with last year. We’ve also been able to generate a lot of confidence by picking up wins, regardless of the strength of the opposition. In Vaduz we took our play to the next level.”