David Wagner: Getting the most out of the boys

Five weeks after the end of last season, the Royal Blues started preparations for the new season on Monday. “In the dressing room and on the pitch, you can feel the excitement of the boys. The team are refreshed and are looking lively.”

David Wagner

Five weeks after the end of last season, the Royal Blues started preparations for the new season on Monday. “In the dressing room and on the pitch, you can feel the excitement of the boys. The team are refreshed and are looking lively.”

The team are of course ambitious for the season ahead, with the 48 year old adding, “everyone in competitive sport wants to reach the highest level.” Nevertheless, as we’ve learnt from last season, we have to stay humble and keep our feet on the ground. Talking about objectives for the new season, Wagner says, “It’s vital that we start to play exciting football that inspires us all again, from the players and coaches through to the fans.”

One thing is sure – the second half of last season is over and done with. “We’ve learnt from the past and know how we want to approach the new season,” says Wagner and emphasizes, “now all that matters to me is getting the team in the best possible condition.”

Serdar and Harit back training with the team

The Miners‘ coach was able to call upon almost all of the squad. Only Omar Mascarell and Salif Sané trained individually as they are still carrying injuries from last season, while Guido Burgstaller completed his first sessions with a ball again. Suat Serdar and Amine Harit, who were also injured at the end of last season, took part in the full team session. “Here we have to look at whether they are able perform at 100% in training.”

In addition, the Royal Blues‘ coach was also able to welcome back Sebastian Rudy, Mark Uth, Hamza Mendyl und Steven Skrzybski who had been on loan at other clubs. “I’ve met with all four players individually over the past few days and have spoken to them about how they thought last season went for them personally and for the club,” says Wagner. “They’re all ready to get started! We have a big advantage in that the boys have a good understanding of how we play.”

Wagner also emphasizes that all the players on the pitch at the training ground are part of the team and have a lot of talent. “Our task is to get the best out of them and to support them in every way we can. For their part, the boys have to show us that they’re willing and ready to help us progress.”

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