Frank Kramer: We want to play with conviction, be assertive, and dominate the game
Frank Kramer is really up for the beginning of the new season. After six weeks of pre-season including a training camp in Mittersill and seven friendlies, the new head coach will take charge of his first competitive game on Sunday (31/07). The Royal Blues will take on Bremer SV in the DFB-Pokal. The game against the newly-promoted fourth division side will be played at the Marschweg Stadion in Oldenburg and kick off at 13:00 CEST.
“We’re all excited for it to get going again,” said the head coach, who is aware of his side’s role as favourites against the Regionalliga outfit. Kramer is not writing the opposition off, however, despite the three-division difference. “Everybody knows about the charm of the cup. We definitely are not underestimating Bremer SV.”
We’re all excited for it to get going again.
The head coach said that is important for his team to be fully involved from the first minute and leave no doubt that they are determined to secure their place in the next round with a good performance. “We want to perform with conviction as the Bundesliga team, be assertive and dominate the game for 90 minutes.” He expects BSV to be compact in defence and look to spring on the counter attack. “We have to be wide awake,” said Kramer.
Kramer said that the team’s six-week-long pre-season was a successful one. “We have worked well. The boys have pulled together well in the many sessions, we had a good intensity in training and we’ve grown together as a team off the pitch,” said the 50-year-old. At the same time, however, he emphasised that there is still room for improvement in almost all areas – something that the head coach said is completely normal at the start of the season. “Pre-season is over and now it’s time to deliver,” said the coach.
Latza and Terodde questionable
The head coach says that the team is aware of that, before adding that while every player was given game time in pre-season, rotation will be less common now. “Everyone will want to show that they deserve to be out there on the pitch.”
Kramer didn’t give any insights on how his side will line up on Sunday, but there are two question marks in terms of availability within his squad. Danny Latza has been troubled with thight problems recently and has only trained individually this week. “He probably won’t be ready,” said Kramer. The head coach was more optimistic over the availability of Simon Terodde. “We’re observing it day to day with him and we’ll make a decision after the final training session.”