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"Stay professional!"

On Thursday afternoon, Alexander Nouri and Michael Preetz spoke about the first game behind closed doors in Sinsheim, and any tweaks that will need to be made for the game.

Normally pre-match press conferences consist of sporting topics: Which players are fit for the game? What system do you expect the opponent to play? What will be the keys for you if you want to win the game? Instead today it was more about the current outbreak of Coronavirus and the effect it will have on the game now that it will be played behind closed doors. "We remain in close contact with the DFL and the health department. The developments over the past few days show how quickly Corona is moving. At the moment we're going on the assumption that the coming matchday will take place," said Michael Preetz. “Of course we’d rather have supporters for all our games – but the health of everyone comes first – always,” underlined the sporting director.

Once all the questions about Coronavirus had been answered, it was on to footballing matters for Alexander Nouri, who was without Thomas Kraft and Matheus Cunha for team training today as both were suffering from knocks. “We’ll have to wait until Friday to make a decision,” said Nouri, who wants to have all his players fit for the upcoming encounter with the Kraichgauer. “We have to take this game incredibly seriously and stay professional. We’ve been preparing well this week and we feel ready for the game on Saturday.” The fact that the game will be played in front of empty stands will be “out of the ordinary”, said Nouri. “Above all we want to win the game and be successful,” said the 40-year-old ahead of the huge Bundesliga game.

Teams, 12.03.2020