Ingolstadt – A promoted side has never picked up six points from their first three Bundesliga outings, with the points coming away from home, ever since there have been three points for a win.
Not even the most optimistic of people would have had FC Ingolstadt 04 down to achieve that, so bundesliga.com spoke to their captain Marvin Matip to find out what exactly is going on at the Bavarian club.
bundesliga.com: Marvin Matip, three games and six points from two away matches – would you have thought that possible a few weeks ago?
Marvin Matip: Of course you do have a certain amount of hope subconsciously, although realistically nobody would have expected a result like this. We're more than happy with our six points. It's a great start, but it doesn't change that we still need another 34 points if we want to stay up. We've arrived in the Bundesliga now, but it's a long way to go until we reach the finish line.
bundesliga.com: Is it just a coincidence that the two wins have come away from home, or are away games easier for promoted sides?
Matip: Let's not forget that our only home game so far was against Borussia Dortmund, so quite a challenge in itself. They cruised into the UEFA Europa League and were playing like they were in the UEFA Champions League, and they even look strong enough to win the title this year. I think we're not the only ones who will struggle at home to this Dortmund side this season. The fact is we were always on a par with our hosts in our away games, even if we also had a bit of luck, and I think we're going to have a chance against these sides when we play them at home too.