Saturday, 30/07/2011 @15:30 (GMT+2)
Test games are finally history, the new season is just a few hours away!
Find below an extract of Robin Dutt’s press conference on Thursday:
Question: Have you decided which goalkeeper is going to replace René Adler on Saturday?
Robin Dutt: David Yelldell will be in goal. It was a very close call influenced by a lot of factors. One of them, was the choice between short-term (Yelldell) and long-term prospects (Giefer). At the end we thought it was better to go with the short-term perspective, also hoping that René Adler will return soon to the line-up. Both goalkeepers showed a similar level in the pre-season, that’s why we had to take into account the experience factor. David played the entire last season with Duisburg and was also majorily responsible for the run into the Cup final. He did not receive any goal in the test games, although it must be said that Giefer’s received goals cannot be put on the negative side. As said a close call!
Question: Could you please comment on the opponent…
Robin Dutt: On paper there are surely easier match-ups in this first round. We have seen in their home game against Rostock, that the crowd is very emotional. Against a Champions League team we can expect the fans to be even more motivated. Dresden has experienced player such as captain Christian Fiél, Filip Trojan and also speed on the wings with Heller. Leverkusen will emerge victorious if we manage to put our qualities on the pitch in both defense and offense. In this competition it’s possible to advance very far, the difference with the Bundesliga is that mistakes are not allowed, everything is decided in one game. Once you lose, you out. And like every year a team from the 1.Bundesliga will be eliminated by a lower division side. We have to make sure that’s it not us.
Question: Mr.Dutt, how close did the team get to your football philosophy during this pre-season?
Robin Dutt: We made some progress over the last week, looking at the game against Genk. However you cannot expect that everything has been absorbed at this point. The team’s mentality is already very close to what I expect, in the tactical area there is still work to do. But my side is at the stage where it should be after a season preparation.
Question: How do you see Ballack’s role regarding Saturday and for the coming weeks?
Robin Dutt: It’s important to bring every player close to their potential. Michael is in a very good physical condition. But in central midfield we have 6 great players: Simon Rolfes, Michael Ballack, Gonzalo Castro, Lars Bender, Renato Augusto and I also include Tranquillo Barnetta here. As coach you cannot do much wrong, they all quality players. But I will have to communicate a lot, as 3 players are going to be disappointed every matchday to not have made the starting line-up. This does not exclude anyone.
Question: Closed training sessions are new to us, where will it take place and how secret is it going to be?
Robin Dutt: Either on the training pitch or in the BayArena. I am surprised about the repercussions of this measure, especially at a time in which tactical innovations are praised so much in the press. If I let the public watch our specific preparation for the upcoming opponent, I could also simply send my tactics to Thomas Tuchel for the Bundesliga opener and he would give us theirs. The scouts would have no need to travel. If we obtain information and try to implement something for an upcoming match, then our game plan needs to be protected.
Question: Can you talk a bit about André Schürrle…
Robin Dutt: He is now in a better shape after an exhaustion dip following the first weeks. Against Genk he showed his immense qualities, we are currently very happy with him.
I predict this line-up, you can count in 1-2 deviations.
Line-up Dresden (from Kicker):
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Epic Fail in front of goal by Marcel Heller (previous matchday)
Dresden Fans (previous matchday)
Bayer Legend Ulf Kirsten will have a divided heart in this match. He made his first steps at Dresden and then joined Leverkusen after the Berlin wall came down. His son Benjamin Kirsten (goalkeeper) currently plays for Dynamo but is injured and therefore out for this game.
As usual we will have the Mundilev Chat during the match. Join, it’s free!