FCA looking to take home all three points
FC Augsburg will travel to face Eintracht Frankfurt on Bundesliga matchday 2 (21st August, 15:30 CEST). Both sides tasted defeat on the opening weekend, with FCA now looking to get back on track in Frankfurt.
"We really want to win and get back on track after our slip up against Hoffenheim," said Florian Niederlechner. After opening the season with a 4-0 defeat to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, FCA will now be looking to take three points off Frankfurt.
"We have analysed tha game against TSG and have hopefully drawn the right lessons from it," said FCA head coach Markus Weinzierl. "We all know that we cannot play like that in the closing stages of a game." In order to pick up points against Frankfurt, Weinzierl will be looking that "the team are well-positioned and that the players defend as a unit."
Niederlechner and Weinzierl are both aware of the fact that Frankfurt have a lot of individual quality. "We know what to expect," said Niederlechner. Eintracht are also coming off a tough opening weekend (5-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund), which may works in FCA's favour. "We know that Frankfurt don't have a lot of confidence at the moment, unlike last season, and we need to see this as an opportunity for us," said the 30-year-old attacker. "We want to be confident and I think that we will be able to benefit from that in the long run," said Weinzierl.
"We want to deliver a different performance to how we played against Hoffenheim and put Eintracht under pressure from the start. We want to showcase our strengths on the pitch and, if we manage this, then I#m sure that we will be able to take home all three points," said Niederlechner. "We need to create chances for ourselves and play as a team."
Niederlechner is also not entirely satisfied with his own performances last season. "I'm trying to not put myself under pressure. Last season wasn't my best, and I will try to put it behind me. I'm trying to generate my own success. I'm a striker - I want to score and set up goals," he said. "What matters to me in our overall plan, under which our strikers also need to defend. But, in the end, goals do also matter. I don't care who scores them. I'm confident that Flo will score again," said Weinzierl.
The head coach will be able to call upon the same squad as against Hoffenheim. Whether FCA captain Jeffery Gouweleeuw will feature remains to be seen, as he is currently dealing with an adductor issue. Reece Oxford, meanwhile, has returned to team training.