Speaking exclusively to bundesliga.com, Marcel Sabitzer says he is confident Borussia Dortmund can shake off a sluggish first half of the campaign and can make a sprint for the line again this season to ensure a top-four finish and UEFA Champions League qualification.
bundesliga.com: What do your new assistant coaches bring to the table?
Sabitzer: "The processes on the pitch during training have changed a bit because Nuri [Şahin] and Sven [Bender] take on half of the responsibility, and lead some of the drills to try to teach us some new things. We try to then implement these ideas and it gives us new impetus, which can certainly help. They both have a lot of experience, so we are very happy to have them with us and we all want to work towards the same aim."
bundesliga.com: Last year during the winter break, the topics surrounding BVB were very similar. Is this the same amongst the squad?
Sabitzer: "You cannot avoid being confronted by this, because we’ve been in this situation a few times now where we did not perform well enough in the first half of the season. Last season, we worked very hard in a training camp in Marbella, and laid the foundations for a good second half of the season. However, it’s not the case that we sit in the dining room and talk about the situation. We are here to prepare ourselves well, and to discuss certain topics. We want to lay another good foundation so that we're well prepared, and then it's down to us how many wins we can pick up in the second half of the season."
bundesliga.com: How good is it for you to be able to train more now?
Sabitzer: "If you don’t have a game every three days, you have far more time to practise different processes and formations that you want to implement in the games. I think we only had maybe one or two normal weeks, but then it was still about recovery, because we actually had the time to take a rest. You always come out of games with one or two knocks, so it’s a huge difference if you have another game in two days’ time, especially when this is the case for years on end. We are now using the time to learn some patterns and to repeat them so that they become more engrained. This is why it's helpful to have a period like this."
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