Created on 08-05-2009 at 00:00 AM
Gerhard Tremmel will never forget May 2000. He was in goal when Unterhaching beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 in their final match, handing the league title to Bayern. The Munich-born shot-stopper, who spent a period with FCB as a youth, has been at Energie Cottbus for three years, turning in some of the best displays of his career this season. fcbayern.de spoke to Tremmel about Saturday’s meeting with FCB.
Interview: Gerhard Tremmel
fcbayern.de: Gerhard Tremmel, do you still remember the last match of the Bundesliga season nine years ago?
Gerhard Tremmel: “Of course, very well in fact.“
fcbayern.de: As an Unterhaching player, you contributed to Bayern winning the title. With Cottbus, you could all but ensure FCB miss out this term…
Tremmel: “That’s not something I’m even thinking about. The important thing for us is points to avoid relegation, regardless of who we take them from.“
fcbayern.de: Cottbus were in the drop zone for ages, but are up to 15th now. Why have things gone better for Energie recently?
Tremmel: “We’ve rediscovered the things that made us strong in the past. The results have finally gone our way too, that’s the main difference. We’d been playing well but losing before.“
fcbayern.de: Wolfsburg suffered at the hands of a resurgent Cottbus a couple of weeks ago. Bayern have been warned, have they not?
Tremmel: “Bayern will be incredibly motivated. They have to win to stay in the title race. There’s no way they’ll underestimate us, especially not after last year’s result.“
fcbayern.de: The game is a sell-out. Is it the biggest game of the year for you and your team, or is that the relegation six-pointer against Gladbach a few days later?
Tremmel: “I’m taking each game as it comes. Every point matters, against Bayern and against Gladbach.“
fcbayern.de: What can possibly go wrong for Cottbus on Saturday? Wherever you’ve played, you’ve never lost at home to Bayern (2 wins, 3 draws), and Energie beat FCB 2-0 last season.
Tremmel: “I don’t believe in statistics. Every game starts 0-0. But I’d have nothing against the series continuing with us taking something from the game.“
fcbayern.de: How much of an achievement would it be if Cottbus again preserve their top flight status?
Tremmel: “It would be another massive success, but there’s a very difficult path ahead of us before then.“