Gregoritsch fit again - unsure whether Iago will feature
FC Augsburg travel to SC Freiburg for matchday 6 of the Bundesliga season on Sunday 26th September (17:30 CEST kick-off). Head coach Markus Weinzierl and midfielder Niklas Dorsch want to continue the momentum gathered from the 1-0 win against Gladbach into this game.
“We want to continue in the same fashion as the last few weeks,” explained Weinzierl, who has a clear view on his objectives: “fundamentally, we need to be solid in defence,” and although FCA have only scored two goals this season, Weinzierl believes that “we have still created plenty of chances.”
The team’s personnel situation is more or less unchanged, but there is good news to impart about Michael Gregoritsch. The Austria international has completed the entire week of team training and is available on Sunday. There are still uncertainties surrounding Iago. “He has a large bruise on his shoulder. We’ll see how he gets on in training and then decide whether he’s able to feature on Sunday,” reports Weinzierl.
“This game is more important for Freiburg”
Weinzierl is not fazed about this being Freiburg’s final game at the Dreisamstadion. “This game is more important for Freiburg, for us it’s just a regular away fixture.” He’s certain that the atmosphere at the ground will be special, but the main aim of the journey to Freiburg is to take something back with them, “ideally all three points”, adds Weinzierl. “We want to and we need to be up for this game so that we can pick up the same result as we did last week against Gladbach.”
Last week’s victory was very important for Niklas Dorsch: “We were very confident going into the game, we’d kept two clean sheets already this season and we deserved the result.” He will be facing some of his national youth team colleagues in Freiburg. “I know a few of them from the U21s, and the atmosphere at the Dreisamstadion is something special.” Forsch continues: “It’s important that we stay on track and play our game. If we can do that, I’m confident we’ll keep a clean sheet and then we’ll get chances in attack.”
Weinzierl has singled out the attacking threat of Freiburg’s left-hand side, highlighting Vincenzo Grifo and Christian Günther as quick and agile players who could hurt the Augsburg defence. “Their speed makes them very dangerous on the counter-attack,” analysed Weinzierl. “Freiburg will do all they can to beat us and therein lies our opportunity,” confirms the FCA head coach.