Adi Hütter believes he knows where his team’s current problems lie and how to fix them, and as such he is confident about their chances against Schalke, as well as being hopeful about Bas Dost’s progress.

Head coach Adi Hütter wants to keep changes to a minimum in the three remaining games before the winter break.
Head coach Adi Hütter wants to keep changes to a minimum in the three remaining games before the winter break.

Adi Hütter on…

…Bas Dost’s comeback: “After extensive tests, a nerve in the groin area was found to be the cause of the pain. Bas got treatment therefore and at the moment he’s completely free of pain, which hadn’t been the case for a long time. We’re not going to get over-excited though. He’s been enjoying himself back on the training pitch, which was important.”

…current problem areas: “In attack we’re not working well, and in defence we’re leaving gaps that are too big, both across the park and in front of goal. Because of that, the midfield are having to do a tremendous amount of running. You can’t just have three or four players standing around up front. Against Guimaraes, our link-up play in attack needed to be better and the final ball was lacking. Obviously we also conceded some unlucky goals, but in general we weren’t aggressive enough. We’re all agreed on that. We need to get back to our basic principles and tactical discipline.”

…FC Schalke 04: “Schalke are doing better than last season. They’re playing a different style under David Wagner – they move around a lot, they run hard and defend from the front well. They’ve also had that bit of luck you need, and scored important goals in the closing stages of matches. We need to be solid, but at the same time look to get forward. Even if we’re perhaps the underdogs on this occasion, we can still put in a good performance and get a result.”

…confidence:
“With confidence, lots of things come more easily, more intuitively. When you start thinking about things, a lot of situations will already have passed you by. This is sometimes difficult for people on the outside who’ve never been professional footballers to understand. We’re working towards making it click and getting the momentum back on our side.”

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