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"We have to take it as it is"

At Thursday’s press conference (15/10/20), Bruno Labbadia and Michael Preetz discussed difficult preparations, VfB Stuttgart, and the health of Mattéo Guendouzi.

In a change from recent weeks gone by, Bruno Labbadia and Michael Preetz faced an empty media room on Thursday (15/10/20). Due to the rising number of coronavirus cases, the pre-match press conference ahead of the match against VfB Stuttgart went digital once again. The distance had no influence on proceedings, however, as our head coach and managing director discussed the upcoming opposition and personal goals. The state of the squad was also on the agenda, of course, after the international break took its toll and news of Mattéo Guendouzi’s positive coronavirus test broke. “Obviously having so many international players missing from training has made things difficult for us. But I always say that we have to just take it as it is and make the best of the situation,” said Labbadia. The 54-year-old, who has history with VfB Stuttgart as former manager of the club, will only be able to decide at short notice which players he can use on Saturday. “We don’t want to take any risks at all. The returning players won’t train until they have received a negative test result. That’s the difficulty of all the travelling. It’s no fun, but we have to prepare the team as best we can in a short period of time.”

New signing Guendouzi would have been an option to play in midfield on matchday four of the Bundesliga if not for his positive test result. “We had hoped that Mattéo would be able to train with the team. The head coach would then have had a decision to make about whether he played or not. Things are different now,” said Preetz, who wished Guendouzi a full and speedy recovery. “That’s the most important thing now, but we are also discussing him doing some virtual training in quarantine.”

Teams, 15.10.2020