After the 1-1 draw against Freiburg, FC Augsburg take on Bayer Leverkusen in their next game on Sunday, 23rd February (15:30 CET). FCA will have an extra day to prepare for the match against the Werkself, which may be a good thing, seeing as how they have never beaten Leverkusen in the Bundesliga before. FCA right-back Raphael Framberger says that that is still no reason to not go into this match overestimating the ability of their opponents.
It’s not the first time that the Augsburg player have been queried about the long-time negative record they have against Leverkusen, Raphael Framberger tells FCA Fan-TV. “We obviously want to buck the trend, but it’s never easy.” In the last match, Framberger came on in place of the injured Stephan Lichtsteiner against Freiburg in the 32nd minute. It was the first time the German had been able to play most of a match since picking up a thigh injury in November.
Second comeback in the same half of the season
“I’ve overcome the thigh injury well,“ explains the defender. “Being able to play for for long periods of time again really makes me happy.” For Framberger it is now his second return from injury in the season already, as in September he returned to the starting XI against Frankfurt after an ACL tear and put in an impressive performance in Augsburg’s 2-1 victory.
Back to the upcoming game, Augsburg will face an in-form Leverkusen, who have celebrated two wins on the bounce, in one crazy game against BVB (4-3) and a last minute winner against Union Berlin (3-2). “Their attack is among the best in the league,” said Framberger of Peter Bosz’ side. “In games like these we need to show that we can roll with the punches. If we’re able to build on our performance from before Christmas, we are in with a chance.”