Dienstag, 27.08.2013

Post-derby is pre-derby

FCN have a look back at the derby match against FC Bayern Munich and a look forward at the derby against Augsburg. Nilsson and Dabanli get let-offs.

Photo: Sportfoto Zink

It was a stormy day at the Valznerweiher Sportpark on Sunday. There was a sense of doom in the air, but that had nothing to do with 1. FC Nürnberg’s performance in Munich the day before. Wiesinger and Reutershahn’s side can be proud after their 2-0 defeat to last year’s treble-winners. “We couldn’t cope with their pressure any longer,” said Michael Wiesinger. “We may have lost the game and come away without a point, but we can take a lot from the game.” The manager was particularly impressed with the players’ teamwork: “We found the fun in being a difficult opponent to play against and that is a very important aspect for us looking ahead to the next weeks.”

Let-offs for injured players

A positive after the match was the let-offs for the injured Nilsson and Dabanli. Per Nilsson was subbed off in the first half in Munich. The Swede suffered a capsular ligament injury but is not expected to be out for too long. “We assume that Pelle will be able to rejoin training this week,” said manager Michael Wiesinger optimistically.

Berkay Dabanli, who had his knee stepped on by Mario Mandzukic, also had positive news. The centre back has “only” suffered a bruised knee. “It looks a lot better than on Saturday but I still worked with the team as usual. It’s a little painful, sure, but that’s life,” said a battling Dabanli.

Next opponents are Augsburg

On Tuesday, Nürnberg’s preparations for the next derby begin, with FC Augsburg the opponents on Saturday. “Obviously it’s a very important match for us and it was the main talking point yesterday. We want to take the positives from Saturday into the game, especially our attitude, character and morale.”

The manager also set his side’s target for the match: “Augsburg will make it difficult for us. It will be a very different match, but we’re obviously looking to win at home and grab out first victory of the season.” The Augsburg derby is on Saturday, August 31st at 15:30 CET in the Grundig Stadium.