Rouven Schöder: The fans are part of our starting lineup

Rouven Schröder’s delight over the 2-1 victory against Dresden last time out was plain to see. A few seconds after full time at the Rudolf-Harbig-Stadion, the sporting director embraced each player and member of the coaching team individually, before celebrating with the squad in front of the fans.

Rouven Schröder

The 46-year-old is counting on the support of the fans once again on Saturday (09/04, 13:30 CEST), when S04 take on 1.FC Heidenheim. “We’re all really looking forward to the home game,” said Schröder. The sporting director mentioned how the fans are often referred to as the ‘twelfth man’, given the way they push their team on. “With us, the fans are in the starting lineup!”

We want to win; that’s obvious!

Rouven Schröder

The team’s route to victory on the weekend is a clear one. “We want to win; that’s obvious,” said Shröder, placing his confidence in the support from the fans, as well as the quality and engagement of the team, who are heading into the game off the back of three straight victories.

He warned, however, that a victory won’t come easily, because “Heidenheim have been doing a fantastic job for years. Their play involves a lot of running, they’re robust and uncomfortable to play against. We have respect for what we’re coming up against. It will be a tight game and a hard fight.”

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