Former Freiburg man returns to his old club
FC Augsburg travel to Freiburg on Sunday, 21st March (18:00 CET). The Fuggerstädter are aware of their role as underdogs in this match, but they can take momentum and confidence from recent games. We will be aiming to take maximum points home to Augsburg.
“We worked hard to earn the three points against Gladbach,” says head coach Heiko Herrlich, looking back on the 3-1 home win against Borussia Mönchengladbach. “We were really happy to cause an upset.” Daniel Caligiuri saw “some uncertainty in our own game during the first half against Gladbach. We all have to pull in one direction to avoid that. We managed that in the second half,” says the attacker. “It wasn’t all good,” agreed Herrlich. “But we did a lot of things really well and so we came out on top in the end.” The FCA head coach was especially pleased with “how we created the goals.”
The opening goal against the Foals was scored by Ruben Vargas, who has a good record so far this season with four goals in twelve starts. “He gave us a boost,” said Herrlich of the Swiss. “We finally scored from a corner and Ruben did really well in that situation.” Caligiuri was also involved in the goal as the corner-taker: “I always know to value when the coach puts me on set pieces. I’m really happy with the goal from the dead ball,” said the 33-year-old.
Augsburg take on Freiburg next, “a team with huge quality,” according to Herrlich. “Freiburg are a strong team who have already got the points they need.” Nevertheless, Herrlich wants to head to Freiburg with “momentum and confidence from the last match.” Augsburg have worked on the mistakes they made against Gladbach during the week and above all else the aim is to improve when in possession. “We have to move towards goal more patiently with our attacks and we have to finish effectively,” says Herrlich. The boss is aware that the Freiburg are the favourites, but he is motivated to pick up points regardless: “There are three points up for grabs in Freiburg and we want to take as many as we can.”