FC Augsburg have dusted themselves down after the 3-2 defeat at home to FC Ingolstadt 04 on Wednesday evening and FCA head coach Manuel Baum is still fully motivated and looking ahead to the away match against Hertha BSC on Sunday, 9th April (15:30 CEST). “I’m really looking forward to it. We’ve analysed the game well. We now want to train and then get excited about Berlin!”
Philipp Max, who made a substitute appearance against Ingolstadt, has no fear ahead of this clash. Every game starts at 0-0 and I’m not by any means just assuming that we are going to goal a goal down.” On the contrary, the aim will be to give it our all from the beginning and to channel all our energy positively on the pitch. Nevertheless, Baum has a lot of respect for Hertha. “They are one of the strongest teams at home in the league and their pressing is one of their biggest assets.”
FC Augsburg will also be warned but also have their own plan for their next set of crucial games as the season begins to draw to a close. “We need to be more stable at the back and cut out our mistakes as well as being bolder going forward,” said Baum.
The Fuggerstädter will be supported by 650 fans in the capital. Sticking together is also something that the team are keen to emphasise. The squad went for lunch together on Friday afternoon to strengthen that sense of togetherness. Philipp Max also knows what he has to do. “I am personally trying to chat with a lot of the other players and to always make sure there are good exchanges between us.” But in general, “there is a good feeling, just as there was last year.” The team were arguably in an even more precarious position back then.