The summer break is coming to an end as FC Augsburg will begin their preparations for their tenth Bundesliga campaign on Monday, 3rd August. Sporting director Stefan Reuter spoke about…
…the coming season: “We are really excited to kick off the new season as a Bundesliga side. We have the bulk of our squad already, but we are still in talks with people. We are pleased that things are getting back underway. The last season became quite tiring after the enforced break and then the tight schedule once we restarted.”
…the coronavirus: “We still have to live with corona – I think it’ll follow us around for a while yet. We still have the hygiene guidelines and regular tests just like before. We hope that some fans can be let back into the stadiums next season and that the world can get to grips with this crisis.”
…Daniel Baier’s departure: “Daniel Baier was at FC Augsburg for over 11 years. He played over 300 games and was a key part of our midfield. He was the brain of the side and he played a big part in us avoiding relegation for the tenth consecutive season. We have promised him a farewell game, which shows how much we value him – no FCA player has ever been given one before. We will host a testimonial for him in the WWK ARENA when we’re allowed a full stadium again and Daniel has decided to retire. He can invite all his teammates from his career. I’m really looking forward to it.”
"We have had players that have made sure that everyone is pulling together."
…criticism on Baier leaving: “People from the outside will always have something they don’t agree with. After speaking with Daniel Baier, it was clear that he was finding it difficult not playing week in, week out. Therefore, we made a joint decision to terminate his contract and end the wonderful time we spent together.”
…the three new signings: “Rafał Gikiewicz, Tobias Strobl and Daniel Caligiuri are experienced guys, who we want to help form a new hierarchy in the team. We need driven players, who the young players can look up to. Having experienced guys who were there for the younger guys on and off the pitch has been part of our formula for success over the past years.”