Increasing the intensity and regaining self-confidence

Clemens Fritz gives a midweek update from Osterdeich

Clemens Fritz spoke to the media as Werder began a shorter week of training (nordphoto).
First Team
Wednesday, 24.02.2021 / 12:46

The Werder players began a shorter week of training on Wednesday ahead of Friday night’s Bundesliga fixture against Eintracht Frankfurt at the wohninvest WESERSTADION (20:30 CET). Though there are not as many sessions, coach Florian Kohfeldt’s team will make up for that with the intensity of training. “It’s vital that we have the right attitude in training and regain our self-confidence,” said Clemens Fritz. As usual, SVW’s director of football and scouting gave his weekly update on Wednesday in a press conference.

Clemens Fritz on…

…the squad: “In terms of Ludwig Augustinsson, we’ll have to wait and see if he’ll be fit for Friday. He’s still a big doubt for the game so we can’t make that decision yet. Milos Veljkovic is back in training and fully fit though, so he should be able to play.”

…the Hoffenheim game: “It was a result that none of us saw coming as we’d been in a stable period in terms of our defence in recent games. There will always be games like that though, and the aim afterwards is to make sure it is just a one-off and it doesn’t impact our momentum. It was a bad day for everyone but now we have to ensure we prepare well for Friday and maintain our focus.”

…the mood of the team: “It’s crucial that the team were self-critical following the loss. It was very noticeable that the boys were very upset with the result. Now what matters is that we keep looking forward as we only have two days before the next game. We have to put it behind us but it’s vital that we work through what went wrong first.”

[Translate to Englisch:] Clemens Fritz in der virtuellen Medienrunde.
Clemens Fritz speaks to the media ahead of the Frankfurt game (nordphoto).

…Eintracht Frankfurt: “They’re the most in-form team in the league at the moment and they’re on an unbelievable run. They have so much quality in their squad and it’ll be a tough challenge for us on Friday evening. We have to bring back our fighting spirit, our aggression, and our unity as a team both defensively and in attack.”

…leaders in the squad: “I’m in constant communication with them and we’ve talked through the mistakes of course. You really notice the frustration when you speak with them, but it’s something they want to do their best to bounce back from.”

…the defence: “It’s important that we see defending as something that the whole team is responsible for. It’s never the case that five players are responsible for the defence and five for attacking. We have to do both as a team.”

…the shorter week of training: “We’ve got a short week of training with very few sessions. It’s vital that we have the right attitude in training and regain our self-confidence.”

…Josh Sargent: “Josh works very hard for the team. You have to remember that he’s still a very young player. Florian will be taking special care to manage the workload in the upcoming midweek fixtures so that we are always fielding a team with fresh legs. That does mean that we’ll have to rotate our strikers.”

…Davie Selke: “Davie is always someone who brings all of his passion onto the pitch and he can pull a team along with that passion. That’s one of the things that sets him apart from other players. He’s also a real handful for defenders. Basically, he’s not a nice player to have to defend against.”

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