There will be several familiar faces for Köln when the Rhineland outfit meet Aue in the Sparkassen-Ergebirgsstadion. Aue coach Karsten Baumann faces a reunion with the club he represented from 1988 to 1998. "It is of course very special for me to play against Köln, a club that I'm still following very closely", said Baumann. Defender Tobias Nickenig started his career with Köln while holding midfielder Oliver Schröder also starred 44 times for the club.
Baumann: "Want to make it a good start"
Baumann hopes his team can gain some momentum from their 3-0 win against Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt in the first round of the DFB Cup last weekend, a match which newly-signed Jakub Sylvestr decided with a brace: "We want to build on the victory and make it a good start to the season."
Köln have been given a tough introduction to life in Bundesliga 2 as the Billy Goats lost to Eintracht Braunschweig on the opening day and then conceded a late equaliser at their Rhein-Energie Stadion against newly promoted SV Sandhausen. Head coach Holger Stanislawski therefore expects his revamped young side to have a tough battle for an immediate return to the top flight: "We know how hard it's going to be, it will be an intensive season."
Stanislawski rings the changes
Stanislawski announced that there will be a couple of changes in his starting eleven and indicated that his team have not quite adapted to his footballing approach since his arrival in the summer. "It's not good enough to only fight, our ambition is to play skillfully", the former 1899 Hoffenheim and FC St. Pauli coach said, "and that's just what we have to do against Aue,"