Farke ahead of #SGEBMG: “Focused on following up on our good defensive performances”
Head coach Daniel Farke spoke to the media on Thursday after of the Foals’ upcoming Bundesliga match away at Eintracht Frankfurt (Saturday, 15th April at 18:30 CEST). We have rounded up the key statements.
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…team news for Frankfurt: Everything seems to be okay with Joe Scally. The problems he was having resulted from the workload affecting an old wound. He’s come through training well this week and will be an option. Julian Weigl and Tony Jantschke are a lot closer to making the matchday squad than they were this time last week. Their work in training has really helped them make progress, but they’re still coming off of long injury lay-offs. Nico Elvedi is a doubt – he has a small knee problem and so didn’t train today. We’ll have to wait and see if he can complete final training. Yvandro Borges Sanches is still sidelined with his ankle injury.
…Marvin Friedrich criticising his playing time in an interview: I don’t have any issues with the interview. I have a lot of trust in Marvin and still hold him in just as much regard. However, it’s completely normal for him to feel differently during a period in which he’s not playing. So in terms of what he said in the interview, there’s nothing that bothers me or changes my impression of him as having a fantastic character. He has been in the squad on all 26 matchdays he’s been available for, has played 16 times and has started ten games – that for me is the record of a very important player. It’s good that he aspires to play every single game. I like that. I think it’s also normal for the club to take a more critical view of the interview. Roland Virkus has already made a statement regarding that, and the rest will be dealt with internally.
…the upcoming departures of Ramy Bensebaini and Marcus Thuram: It’s good to have gotten clarity on a number of personnel decisions, and it’s important so that we can focus on the football. The job of Ramy and Tikus is now to defend the Borussia shirt until the very end and give their all. I’ve said it before, it’s not the impression you make when you walk through the door that counts, it’s the one you make on the way out. They didn’t make the best of starts against Wolfsburg, but they dug in and worked their way into the game. The fans react to how players act; they have a good feel for when someone is giving their all for the club. If the fans see Ramy and Tikus do that, then they will give them a worthy send-off. It’s up to the players to deliver right up until the end of the season.
…Eintracht Frankfurt’s strengths: Eintracht are a very good counterattacking side. They have a lot of quality and pace in attack and are always capable of quickly turning the ball over and creating a dangerous chance, so we will be focusing on dealing with that in our preparations. We will have to be solid in possession and be well organised to deal with counters if we want to pick up points in Frankfurt.
…the goal for the final seven Bundesliga games of the season: I’m not going to say something different each week. The three points against Wolfsburg did us good. We know that we’ve got a difficult away game in Frankfurt that is very important for us. We’re focused on following up on our good defensive performances from recent weeks and being clinical. We’re going into the final seven games with a real sense of anticipation. We will try and pick up as many points as we can, then we will see where we end up after matchday 34.
…the annual general meeting on Monday: It will be the first AGM during my time at Borussia and I will of course be there. I think it’s important to be present and support the club. That’s how I always did it in England and I intend to do the same in Mönchengladbach.