Summary

  • Bobadilla in his fourth season at Augsburg.
  • Made instant impact on return from injury on Matchday 10.
  • Hoping for a repeat showing against high-flying Hertha Berlin.

Paraguay international striker Raul Bobadilla was sorely missed by FC Augsburg fans during his recent spell on the sidelines.

The 29-year-old sat out four games through injury, before stepping off the bench in the Bavarian derby against FC Ingolstadt 04 on Matchday 10 to propel Die Fuggerstädter to their first win in five with a goal and assist.

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Watch: Highlights of Augsburg's derby win over Ingolstadt:

bundesliga.com: Augsburg hit form against Ingolstadt, following a five-game winless run. What do you make of the season so far?

Raul Bobadilla: It was a patchy start to the season, but we put in some good performances and picked up some important points. We also had a bit of bad luck with injuries. We have to put everything into it each week so that we can ensure our survival as early as possible. 

bundesliga.com: Is it mainly about securing another season of Bundesliga football for Augsburg or is there more in it?

Bobadilla: Survival is obviously our primary objective. We'll give everything and work hard every day to achieve this goal as quickly as possible. Only once we've done that can we talk about other things.

"It was also important for us to go into the international break with a win against Ingolstadt."

bundesliga.com: How have you had to change your style of play under new head coach Dirk Schuster? What's your relationship like with the coach?

Bobadilla: I don't think the team's playing style has changed all that much. We still want to keep things solid defensively and make in-roads in attack with our quick transition play, so my own playing style hasn't changed much either. I have a good relationship with the coach, I've got things to learn from him and I feel very happy.

bundesliga.com: It's your fourth season at Augsburg - your longest spell at any club in Europe. What do you like about Augsburg? Why are you and the club such a good fit?

Bobadilla: It's not just the atmosphere within the team that's good; there's a really nice atmosphere around the whole club. Then there's the fans, who are just incredible. The fans have always had my back, even in bad times, and helped me build myself back up again. Everyone gives 100 per cent for the club. I'm happy to be able to play for Augsburg.

Bobadilla (r.) says maintaining their Bundesliga status is the priority for Augsburg. © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA

bundesliga.com: How important is the international break for you? Do you think you'll be back to 100 per cent in ten days?

Bobadilla: I think the international break comes at an ideal time for us because we still have a few injuries. We're hoping that some will get back to full fitness so that we can go all out in our next game. Until then, I'm going to train really hard, so that I can also give 100 per cent. It was also important for us to go into the international break with a win against Ingolstadt.

bundesliga.com: Hertha Berlin visit Augsburg after the international break. It's an opportunity to improve your home record. How do you rate your chances against Hertha?

Bobadilla: Berlin have made a superb start to the season. They've done a great job so far, but our last outing has given us confidence. We want to pick up points at home and get the win. It's going to be tough, but I think we can beat Hertha if we show passion and fighting spirit.

Interview by Tobias Gonscherowski