Munich - Two years after finishing at the foot of the Bundesliga 2, DSC Arminia Bielefled are set to return to Germany’s second tier determined to maintain their momentum from the previous campaign.

However, Arminia head coach Stefan Krämer is expecting to encounter an ultra-competitive environment. “This Bundesliga 2 is absolutely incredible. The majority of clubs have a history of playing in the Bundesliga. It’s pure tradition,” explained the 46-year-old.

In an interview with bundesliga.com Krämer discusses the challenge ahead and the targets he’s set his side ahead of the upcoming 2013/14 campaign.

bundesliga.com: Are you looking forward to playing against such renowned clubs as 1. FC Kaiserslautern, 1. FC Köln and Fortuna Düsseldorf?

Krämer: This Bundesliga 2 is absolutely incredible. The majority of clubs have a history of playing in the Bundesliga. It’s pure tradition. For us, this is once again a new frontier. Playing in front of 2,000 fans in the third tier compared to 40,000 in the Betzenberg for example, that certainly has a very different quality.

bundesliga.com: Do you have a lot of respect for the task you’re facing?

Krämer: I have a lot of respect for the challenge ahead, but there is also a lot of anticipation mixed in with it. We’ll prepare meticulously and conscientiously for every opponent. I’ve watched roughly 40 Bundesliga 2 games during my holiday to determine and understand the main differences between the third and second tier. We’ll certainly have to adapt our style of play to an extent, but I’m not worried about it.

bundesliga.com: What targets have you set yourselves?

Krämer: The level of expectation in the city and interest in the club has definitely increased since we gained promotion. However, I don’t need any added motivation because the game itself is what keeps me going. I want us to be able to hold our own against teams like Kaiserslautern, Düsseldorf or Köln and secure our survival. I’m convinced we’ll put together a team capable of competing.

Interview by Michael Reis