FCA can secure safety with a win over Bremen
A home win over SV Werder Bremen on Saturday (15:30 CEST) would secure FCA’s Bundesliga status for yet another year. Head coach Markus Weinzierl wants the team to build on the good performance in Stuttgart last time out and was also pleased with the support of the fans, despite the games being behind closed doors.
Markus Weinzierl is aware of the importance of tomorrow’s game. “The team knows how much it matters,” stressed the FCA coach. “It’s in our hands and we can seal it on Saturday.” The Fuggerstädter (33) are two points ahead of Werder (31) going into this weekend’s crunch clash. A win would see FCA secure an 11th (consecutive) Bundesliga campaign.
Augsburg and Weinzierl left Stuttgart empty handed last time out (2-1), however the 46-year-old wants his side to build on that performance but still has some demands: “We needed to be more clinical up front and defend better too.” Nevertheless, he felt “his side played well in Stuttgart and will go into this game with some confidence.”
Werder ended a run of seven straight Bundesliga defeats last time out, drawing 0-0 at home to Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Prior to that stalemate, they also narrowly lost 2-1 in extra time to RB Leipzig in the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal. “We are facing a good side, who have clearly improved in their last two matches and will really test us out,” analysed Weinzierl. “They will fight hard and give everything they’ve got.”
Bremen are also under enormous pressure going into the final weeks of the season. “They know that they need to overtake us in the table. That will be clear on the pitch. We need to match their desire and fight.” Weinzierl feels his side are well equipped for a nervy encounter: “The lads have always turned up in big games in the past few years. I trust this team because I know what they’re capable of.”
The FCA coach will only definitely be without Felix Uduokhai (ankle operation), while Fredrik Jensen is a doubt with a knock. Weinzierl will look to play a patient game: “We won’t be scared of them, but also won’t go all out attack.”
What the other sides down the bottom do isn’t interesting for Weinzierl. “We’re focusing on ourselves,” he explained. “If we win, the others can do what they want. We’ve got our chance, which we want to take.” The stands will once again be empty on Saturday, however Weinzierl stated: “We know that everyone in Augsburg is right behind us. We’re pleased about that – but we need to get it done on the pitch.”