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‘Mini pre-season’ for Boyata

The Belgian took part in team training on Wednesday for the first time this season as coach Ante Covic wants to shuffle the pack.

Ante Covic sees the first international break of the new season as an opportunity. It's no secret that the coach wants to use the time off to make a change or two: "Seeing as we have conceded eight goals in three matches, we have to act quickly," said 44-year-old after training on Wednesday morning. Dennis Jastrzembski and U19 player Lazar Samardzic, among others, were part of the mid-week session as Covic put the players to the test. "In such a situation, as a coach you can’t be selfish and cling to what you want to do. Instead you have to work with what the team gives you, and in these two weeks it’s all about shuffling the pack!"

Wolf to make his debut against Mainz?

The coach now has new personnel options: Dedryck Boyata returned to team training after a long absence (thigh problem). Covic wants to "use the international break like a 'mini pre-season' for the Belgian, as well as for Javairo Dilrosun and Marvin Plattenhardt." Last-minute newcomer Marius Wolf will also be crucial to the coach’s plans from now on. "Marius is a versatile player which is great for us because it enables us to play a 3-5-2 system more often," said Covic. It seems that Marius Wolf was no longer satisfied with his situation at Borussia Dortmund. "It’s important for us to show him that he is needed here to really boost his self-esteem because in sports, a lot can be going on in your head at any given time."

It's quite possible that the winger could get a chance right off the bat in the away game at the 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Saturday 14th September. In any case, we will see during that game exactly what conclusions Ante Covic and his coaching team have drawn from the first few matches - and how well they have ‘shuffled the pack’ in the international break.

Teams, 04.09.2019