“Unbelievable mentality” - Adi Hütter interview
Head coach Adi Hütter discusses the remarkable character his team displayed in Lisbon and looks ahead to Sunday’s Bundesliga clash with FC Augsburg.
Adi Hütter on…
…Augsburg’s new coach: “The change in coach obviously changes the situation. A new coach always gives his team a lift - they all have their own approaches. The players want to prove themselves again and show that they belong in the starting eleven. Obviously there will be changes - Martin Schmidt has previously opted to switch to a back four, for example. Overall, though, I’m focusing on my own team and what we need to do in order to get another good result. We’ll have to recover well, gather our strength and put all our efforts into getting a result.”
…the defeat in Lisbon: “The game showed once again what a busy year it’s been for us. This team has shown an unbelievable mentality. The players never give up and always believe in themselves. We had the game under control until the sending off, and after going 4-1 down we made it 4-2 and almost made it 4-3 through Filip Kostic. In the last 15 minutes you could hardly tell that we were a man light. The boys are in great shape physically and it’s great fun to watch them. That spirit gives us every chance [of turning things around] in the return leg.”
…potential rotation on Sunday: “We will definitely rest one or two players and give others an opportunity to impress. Almamy Toure is also an option for Augsburg. He trained again for the first time during the week and has been feeling well of late.”