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Framberger: "We have to keep our heads up"

Right-back looks ahead to the match against Mainz

First Team 24.02.2021, 11:36

On Sunday, Raphael Framberger returned to action for the first time since his injury in December as he played in FCA’s 1-1 draw with Bayer 04 Leverkusen. The right-back discusses his return, the disappointing draw last weekend and the upcoming task in Mainz.

“It felt good, I didn’t have any issues,” says Raphael Framberger. The full-back was recently sidelined for a few weeks with muscle problems and celebrated his comeback against Leverkusen on Sunday. The injury may be behind him, but one thing still hurt Framberger at the weekend – the result. Augsburg conceded an equaliser in the fourth minute of injury time after leading for the majority of the game. “Your immediate reaction is just disbelief,” laments Framberger.

There was a similar atmosphere around the entire team: “It was still really quiet the next day,” says the 25-year-old. “Obviously it is extremely disappointing to throw the win away, but we have to keep our heads up and go again in our next game.” The late goal aside, Framberger saw plenty of things that went right in the game: “We barely gave away any chances and we always tried to create openings ourselves. On the whole we can take a lot of positives.”

The Fuggerstädter must aim to take three points in their next fixture, says Framberger. “We have to get the reward for our good performances. Hopefully Leverkusen was just the beginning.” FCA travel to face 1. FSV Mainz 05 this Sunday. The hosts remain second from bottom despite claiming seven points from their last three matches. “It’s an extremely important game. Mainz fight right to the end as well, but we want to show that we are the better team.”

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