Bayern Munich play recently extinct 1st Bundesliga dinosaur Hamburger SV today, and their next opponent, SV Drochtersen/Assel from the Regionallia in Lower Saxony will be watching — very closely. Both head coach Lars Uder and team captain Sören Behrmann will be in attendance, watching from the stands (Bild).
Uder and Behrmann are scouting out their upcoming opponents:
It concerns small details that you don’t see on TV. We don’t want to be surprised too much.
It would be an understatement to say that Drochtersen/Assel are excited to host Bayern Munich this weekend. Extra stands have been erected, and all 7876 tickets are long gone. You can even catch a glimpse of the stadium and the guest (“Gast”) locker room that awaits Bayern in the video below from DFB-TV:
Captain Behrmann himself plays the guide in this video. “A little taste of what awaits Bayern here,” he says, as the camera pans from a room with a single massage table set up amid showers to a second shower and a small, locker-less locker room.
Drochtersen/Assel’s youthful coach Uder says that he wants his team to “play too” with Bayern:
Not in the sense that we have phases of possession like Bayern, but rather for us it’s important that we stay compact, close down spaces, prevent goal-scoring chances, and then perhaps threaten with a counter, and then see what happens.
Uder makes a very good, earnest impression as a young coach. He wants his team to maximize their chances and emphasizes their strong mentality. They won the Niedersachsen Pokal (Lower Saxony Cup) last season, and Uder wants them to go into the game accordingly.
Captain Behrmann, who also speaks at the end of the video, laughingly gives a humbler goal, but one with a nice barb:
Come out looking better than Hamburg! And I’m in Munich every year when Hamburg plays there, and a result with fewer than 8 goals against would be really nice!