After recording two successive losses, FCA travel to play Bayern Munich on Sunday, 8th March (15:30 CET). FC head coach Martin Schmidt is in no doubt that his side will be the underdogs, but knows that there is always a chance to cause an upset.
Whenever a Bundesliga team makes the trip to Munich, they automatically become the underdog, as a general rule. This will naturally be the case for FCA too on Sunday. “We will make the trip as clear underdogs,” explained Martin Schmidt. “The players know about Bayern’s quality, and will respect the opposition.”
Despite only picking up four points from their seven games in the Rückrunde, Augsburg find themselves with a comfortable 6 point gap between themselves in 13th and the first place in the relegation zone. “We’re in a place right now where we need to pick up points,” Schmidt explained. “If we fail to do that, we will find ourselves drawn into a relegation battle. We want to go into the next game with courage and show our quality on Sunday.”
Schmidt: “Nobody is expecting anything from us“
FCA faced Bayern in the Hinrunde in the middle of a similarly difficult run of form, and came away with a 2-2 draw against the record champions, which marked the beginning of a turning point for FCA, who eventually finished Autumn with a run of 5 wins and a draw. “Nobody is expecting anything from us,” Schmidt said of the situation, “So we want to put on a good performance.”
Captain Baier available after serving suspension
Apart from goalkeeper Fabian Giefer, Schmidt has no injury or selection issues going into the Bayern Munich game. Midfielder Eduard Löwen, who last time out against Gladbach scored on his first-team debut, returned to training on Thursday following a back injury. Club captain Daniel Baier is available for selection after serving his suspension following an accumulation of yellow cards. Schmidt said the team needs to be “energetic and defend aggressively,” once more. Despite the odds, the Swiss emphasises the team are going to Munich “with confidence”. “On a good day and with a bit of luck we might be able to steal the win.”