FCA TV interview with Fredrik Jensen
Once again, FC Augsburg were unable to rid the curse of Bayer 04 Leverkusen: 3-1 the final score on Monday night. In an interview with FCA TV, Fredrik Jensen spoke about the home game against the Werkself, his language repertoire, and why the next game against Mainz could spell danger.
Fredrik Jensen returned to Augsburg from international duty with a real spring in his step. He scored in both of Finland’s Nations League games during the break, which gave him a boost: "Sure, a footballer always wants to score and set up goals. I got the goals for Finland, now I need to get them for Augsburg."
In Leverkusen, it was not to be. The Werkself have won 15 of the 21 games against FCA, with the other six ending in draws. A dire head-to-head record for the Függerstädters, which they were unable to improve last Matchday, despite playing well for long spells of the game. "We weren’t bad at the start. It’s a shame they got the penalty to give them a 1-0 lead at half time," said Jensen.
Nevertheless, FCA came out strong for the second half – a Daniel Caligiuri goal bringing them level just six minutes after the restart. "Perhaps it was a bit of concentration, a bit of accuracy that was lacking in order for us to take the lead," Jensen reflects. At full time, the score was 3-1 to Leverkusen. "It’s always tough to take defeat, but we saw some good and some bad things from us on Monday."
With seven points from five games, Augsburg currently sit 11th in the Bundesliga table, which they can definitely be pleased about, especially considering the opponents, such as Dortmund, Leipzig and Leverkusen. "In football, you have to forget games quickly – the season goes on," underlined Jensen. "Next up, it’s Mainz at home and the points need to stay here."
On Saturday (31 October, 15:30 CET), the so-called ‘Zerofivers’ come to the WWK ARENA, which, as it was against Leipzig, will be empty. With zero points so far this season, head coach Jan-Moritz Lichte’s Mainz sit rock-bottom of the table. And yet, they are a team very difficult to predict. "This is dangerous, Mainz want the points as well," said Jensen, who, despite his words of caution, is confident: "We don’t want to lose three games in a row, so we need to prepare well and play our own game, then we’ll get the three points."
Jensen completed the entire interview in German, just as his Danish teammate Mads Petersen did recently: "I practically only speak German with the team and I’ve been living here for almost two and a half years, so it’s about time I learnt German." It is often said that Finnish is among the most complicated languages, so perhaps it’s somewhat easier for Jensen than many others to learn German: "Finnish is very hard, but I also spent seven years in the Netherlands, and I speak Swedish with my family – that all helps when it comes to new languages."