“We need to get to grips with their attack” - press conference ahead of Leipzig clash
Adi Hütter is fully aware of Leipzig’s attacking prowess, but the Eagles’ head coach is encouraged by his side’s consistent performances so far this season.
Adi Hütter on…
…his team’s condition: “If you look at the last two games, our opponents didn’t create a lot of chances. Hoffenheim only appeared to have the upper hand against us, while Strasbourg created chances because we made too many mistakes in possession. We have room for improvement in attack, though. I’m very pleased with Daichi Kamada – he was an absolute live wire yesterday. I felt he deserved a goal. We’re not at 100 per cent yet, though.”
…supposedly adopting a more defensive approach: “That impression might be due to us not creating as many chances as last year. Having said that, we’re trying to defend at a certain level. It might not look that way because we’re still lacking that cutting edge. The formation is obviously different at the moment, with a lone striker and two deep-lying forwards, but that can change again.”
…personnel: “I’ve been known to spring a surprise in the past, but this weekend’s game is going to come too soon for Djibril Sow. Frederik Rönnow has been training this week and could be included in the squad this weekend. Mijat Gacinovic had to come off with a groin problem yesterday. We’re not taking any risks – he’s a doubt for Sunday. With two away games in the space of four days, I’m thinking about making changes.”
…Leipzig: “Before the game I’d settle for a 0-0, like last year. Leipzig have started the season well, they don’t press with as much intensity under Julian Nagelsmann but are more flexible in possession. They play a different formation – a back three instead of a back four, sometimes with one holding midfielder, sometimes with two. They’re very, very versatile. A veritable avalanche is heading our way. We need to find a way of getting to grips with their attack. Leipzig are favourites.”