"Plenty of work to do" – Adi Hütter ahead of the Bundesliga kick-off
The Eagles’ head coach is looking forward to getting the league season under way, and talked about his squad as well as his European aspirations.
Adi Hütter on…
…the start of the Bundesliga season: “Like all coaches in the Bundesliga, I’m looking forward to the new season. It should be an exciting one all round and I think it could be a tense battle in the Bundesliga this year. Everyone is facing big challenges. At the same time, we want to get past Strasbourg [in the Europa League] and into the group stage and enjoy some more European nights. We still have plenty of work to do and there will be a lot of tough matches. I’d consider it a success if we were to match the level we had last season.”
…the team’s style of play: “Before the season started, I said that we have to have more variety. We can’t just press and play 90 minutes of all-out football. We want to play in a clever way and show different sides to our game, and that’s what we’ll have to do on Sunday. Hoffenheim play a very tidy, technical game, and we’re going to have to try to reorganise ourselves once we lose the ball or to put pressure on the ball carrier, while remaining brave.”
…Sebastian Rode: “I’m delighted that he’s playing again and that his knee held up. Aside from that, he put in a decent performance. Whether he’s an option for the starting line-up remains to be seen. We have to be very careful with him and I’ll make sure that I speak to him between now and Sunday, but for the moment, I’m glad he’s back and that he can add to the competition that we have.”
…Daichi Kamada: “I’m convinced that Daichi will be able to make his mark on the game against Hoffenheim. I like the way he is on the ball, and also the way he uses his physical attributes. The Bundesliga is obviously a different proposition but he’ll adapt. Daichi’s going to progress very well this year.”
…Marco Russ: “I’m really disappointed for him that he got injured. I feel so bad for him because I know how long it takes to get over something like this. Marco’s heading to Munich for an operation and he’ll be out for a long while.”