Penultimate home game of the season! RB Leipzig host SV Werder Bremen on Bundesliga matchday 32 on Sunday evening (17:30 CEST) as their race for the Champions League continues.
Head coach Marco Rose spoke to the media ahead of the game.
- Janis Blaswich returned to training today after illness.
- Josko Gvardiol (muscle problem) and Konrad Laimer (toe) took part in training on Thursday.
- Dani Olmo had a minor muscle issue.
The rest of the team news can be found here.
Marco Rose on…
… Team news:
- “Everyone trained yesterday. Konni had suffered a bit of a knock, Josko trained, Dani had a small issue and we have to keep an eye on that. But everyone is improving. Janis was ill, but is back in training today and we’ll see how it goes today.
We’re obviously pleased to have such a full squad available at this late stage of the season.“
… Werder Bremen:
- “They’re a side who have put themselves in a good position to avoid relegation. Werder have played at a good level over the whole season and have never been in any real danger.
They have some good players who want to play football. Their coach’s style of play is recognisable. They pick up more points on the road than at home, so we’re definitely in for a challenge.”
We’re pleased to have quite a full squad for the season run-in.
Training ahead of #RBLSVW
I like our goal. Now we have to perform accordingly
… Niclas Füllkrug:
- “Niclas knows exactly where the goal is and has the quality to score at the highest level.
He’s been injured for a couple of games but hopefully he can come back soon. His development at an older age is really good; we’ll see where he can get to.”
… The team’s goal of three wins from three games:
- “I like the goal and we have to perform accordingly. Actions speak louder than words.
Goals are important to have and now we have to work for them, starting with Sunday’s game against Werder Bremen, and not the game after that or any others. The only thing that matters now is the Werder game.”
… Player condition:
- “Sometimes taking it too easy can lead to players picking up injuries as well. But of course, we also monitor the players’ workloads, especially with the international players who have a lot of games under their belt.
We have to get a good feeling on who needs bit more in training and who needs a little less. We always have an eye on that and personalise the drills.”
… Competition in the team:
- “It would be bad if the players weren’t in a bad mood when they aren’t playing. We have a very balanced squad where everyone wants to be a regular.
I think that the players know that everyone has the chance to play when they’re fit and healthy. There are a lot of situations that are always changing. Performances are rewarded and that’s how it should be.”
… Doudou Haidara:
- “He’s a good guy. I already knew him from Salzburg. He’s developed and has taken another step this season. We’ve seen when Xaver was out that it can also work with Doudou and Konni in the middle.
He’s developed even more both as a footballer and tactically and at the same time he’s a fun person who you enjoy being around. Doudou is a positive presence in our game and in the dressing room.”