“We need to force our luck” - Adi Hütter’s press conference
Ahead of the game against Hertha Berlin, head coach Adi Hütter discusses Bas Dost’s injury, Friday’s opponents and the atmosphere within the Eintracht camp.
Adi Hütter on…
…Bas Dost: “Bas is out until the end of December. He needs to undergo treatment on his groin. It doesn’t make sense to make a fresh start every three days. He’s often in pain and it can’t stay that way. We’ll do everything we can to get him back to fitness.”
…other personnel issues: “André Silva is fit but hasn’t been performing at the levels we expect of him. That doesn’t mean he won’t be given an opportunity tomorrow, though. Overall we’re almost at full strength. There’s always someone who feels a niggle one or two days after a game. Mijat Gacinovic and Lucas Torró had minor problems, but as things stand we almost have a full squad to choose from.”
…upcoming opponents Hertha: “Hertha played one half with a man advantage [last weekend], which is why it isn’t easy to analyse them. After going 2-0 down and Mats Hummels’ red card, they tried everything to turn the game around. They were well organised and worked harder than they have all season. Jürgen Klinsmann sets great store by stability, composure and tactical discipline – presumably in a 3-4-1-2 formation. That’s what we’re bracing ourselves for.”
…the atmosphere within the squad: “I’ve seen a lot of positives in training in recent days. Obviously there’s always a great sense of disappointment after a defeat, but the lads know we made life very difficult for ourselves. The red cards definitely played a part in our failure to pick up any points in Freiburg or Mainz. Despite everything, we’ve shown we’re in great shape physically.”
…his team’s approach: “You always have to tread a fine line. We can’t suddenly say we’re going to pull out of every challenge, but we need to be intelligent when it comes to tackles. We’ve spoken about that. We’re a team and we’ll see to it that we end the next game with 11 men. We need to force our luck. To do that, we have to focus on our strengths and play with confidence. We also need the full support of our fans.”