Donnerstag, 19.09.2013

"Sheer motivation for us"

On Saturday, the Bundesliga leaders arrive in Nürnberg. FCN are keen to cause some trouble for Dortmund and there will be a change to the starting eleven.

1.FC Nürnberg host Borussia Dortmund at 15:30 CET on Saturday, September 21st in their third home game of the season. The visit of the table’s top team will be a real challenge for Der Club.

· Situation

FCN have three points after five games. Daniel Ginczek has a sobering look at the situation: “We aren’t at matchday 34 yet. We have played two bad games, but we will give all we can to be the first team to steal points off Dortmund.”

Despite the crictism after the game in Braunschweig, Michael Wiesinger was optimistic in Thursday’s press conference: “The most important thing is that I have the support of the club. The pressure drives me.”

· Selection

Javier Pinola is available again after serving his suspension against FC Augsburg. Timo Gebhart will be unavailable as he continues his rehabilitation training. Nürnberg will also be without Markus Mendler and Markus Feulner, who is sidelined with a cold.

Robert Mak could return to the team. “We will make those decisions after the final training session on Friday,” explained Michael Wiesinger. Hanno Balitsch will not be in the squad. “We made this decision,” said the manager.

· Opponents

Borussia Dortmund are one of the top teams in Europe and Jürgen Klopp’s side arrive in Franconia with a 100% record in the league. After 5 wins and 15 goals, Dortmund sit top of the Bundesliga.

Last weekend, BVB celebrated an emphatic 6-2 home win against Hamburger SV. “Dortmund arrive with exceptional quality. We will have to be alert and carefully be aggressive. We must take matters into our own hands,” explained Michael Wiesinger.

· Facts

For the first time this season, Nürnberg are expecting a sold-out crowd. “The thought of playing in front of 50,000 fans is sheer motivation for us,” explained Wiesinger.

Dortmund have visited Nürnberg 33 times, winning and losing 10. The balanced record is made complete with 13 draws. The last home game for Nürnberg against Dortmund ended in a 1-1 draw.