“We have a duty” – press conference with Adi Hütter and Erik Durm
Head coach Adi Hütter and summer signing Erik Durm promised to give everything against Vaduz, but they also have the start of the Bundesliga in the back of their minds.
Adi Hütter on …
… the personnel situation: “I would never talk about a second string. Every individual player has a high value. I’ll certainly rotate more than usual tomorrow. Sebastian Rode should play his first game of the season and there are obviously players who could do with the match practice before the start of the Bundesliga, whether it’s Evan Ndicka, Kevin Trapp or Martin Hinteregger.”
… his expectations of the game against FC Vaduz: “We have a competitive match in front of 48,000 fans and a team that want to win and produce a good performance. The result from the first leg doesn’t interest me. We have a duty to ourselves and the fans. Every individual has the chance on Thursday to play themselves into the starting XI for Sunday."
Erik Durm on …
… his personal performance levels: “I’m feeling the sharpness coming back every week. I wasn’t used to the closing down and high pressing from Huddersfield. I feel good in training. I’m trying to work more on my tactical understanding so that I can help the team, which worked well at Mannheim.”
… the approach against Vaduz: “When I see how much effort we’re putting in on the pitch, I don’t see any signs that we’re taking the game lightly. The stadium’s sold out and we want to show what we can do. The margin of the result is not important. The main thing is that we win and present ourselves in the best light. Three days later we start in the Bundesliga, so everyone wants to show what they can do.”
… his awareness of the support: “The appetite the fans have for Europe is definitely something quite special. The atmosphere is magnificent. They really get into it, they push us and the stadium is always sold out. We know we need to repay the fans and we’ll give everything to do that with a win.”