Professionals | 10/08/2017

Stöger on the DFB-Pokal

“We want to advance”

1. FC Köln will face Leher TS in the first round of the DFB-Pokal on Saturday. Peter Stöger is looking ahead to the fixture with a confident mind frame.

FC head coach Peter Stöger spoke on Thursday’s press conference about…

  • …the preseason: “What can you say about a preseason? Probably what all other coaches say: that we worked hard and we worked well. That we unfortunately have a player like Yuya Osako, who suffered an injury during this phase. That the players that were still hurt at the beginning of the summer were able to get fit. That Marcel Risse can once again be part of this team. You do not really know where you stand in comparison to other teams, but in the end you are happy to get through the preseason and are simply excited for things to start.”
  • …the first cup round: “Those who know us also know that we will approach this match with a high level of concentration. It is important that we present ourselves well. We want to advance.”
  • …Jhon Cordoba and his fitness: “I was surprised when he told me yesterday that he wanted to train. If things go as planned, I expect him to be fit. I think he wants to show that he is there for his team.”
  • …squad selection: “It is a balanced squad. We have many matches coming up in which you have to analyze the opponent. Our players know that the squad can change from fixture to fixture. I would not say the 18 that I select for Saturday will be the same 18 that will be selected for the first league match. I will have to make many decisions throughout the season and most times it will come down to a close call.”

Match Details

  • FC will face Leher TS at the Nordsee-Stadion in Bremerhaven on Saturday, August 12 (15:30 kick off).
  • 1,620 tickets have been sold to FC fans in a stadium with a capacity of 8,119.
  • Yuya Osako, Thomas Kessler, and Sven Müller have been ruled out for the match. 


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Total table
9TSG 1899 Hoffenheim35
101. FC Köln32
111. FC Union Berlin30