Gladbach coach Adi Hütter is one of the defenders of attacking football. In the 1. FC Köln derby, however, stability in the backcourt will again be the basis, the Austrian said.
“This is the basis of a successful team”: Adi Hütter. picture alliance / Tim Rehbein / RHR-FOTO
Even an offensive enthusiast like Hütter likes such numbers. Only seven goals conceded in the last ten competitive games attest to the new stability in Borussia’s backcourt, after Gladbacher’s surface struck too often last season, 56 times in the Bundesliga. “Of course I love good attacking football,” said Hütter, again describing his credo on Thursday, “but it doesn’t help if the barn is open at the back.” And that’s exactly why the VfL coach is currently quite happy with his team’s defensive performance, as the barn is closed more often than before in order to stay in the picture. “It is very important to stabilize the defense. I think we have handled this quite well in recent weeks. We conceded relatively few goals. It is the basis of a successful team,” said Hütter.
The next stability test awaits his team on Saturday with the derby. The Cologne team, which she also carefully listed on the left of the Bas-Rhin, has created something under the new coach. “The connection between FC and Steffen Baumgart works well. And a combination like this is often the key to a good team, you have seen it before this season,” sporting director Max Eberl told the conference. press and stressed: “We must do everything to bring home a victory on Saturday.”
Hütter: “Everyone wants to win this derby”
From Hütter’s point of view, the Cologne-based company stands out among other things as “the clear game idea”. “They play very high, very aggressively. They try to put a lot of pressure in the opposing half of the field,” observed the coach. For his team this means “that we need solutions when we are in a hurry, that we are strong in duels and that we are one hundred percent focused on mentality and emotions until the end”. In any case, he doesn’t have to worry about motivation. “I don’t need to motivate a single player for this meeting. Everyone knows what to do, everyone wants to win this derby,” said Hütter, who also stressed: “It is important to stay objective and to keep a cool head. We have enough Forces to win this game. ”
Positive signals from Elvedi and Lainer
The Austrian left the field open to know if the team that won against Greuther Fürth (4-0) will also start in Cologne. However, the workforce situation is easing and could offer interesting options. Especially when Nico Elvedi, who was strong before his injury, is available again. After surviving a ligament injury in his foot, the Swiss made a very promising impression in training. “It looks relatively good for him,” Hütter confirmed. Elvedi’s return is therefore to be expected, and Stefan Lainer could also be celebrating his return after breaking an ankle. Hütter said: “He’s been back in training for 14 days now. There’s a very good chance he’ll be part of the squad.”