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Energie keeper Tremmel

'No way Bayern will underestimate us'

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. spoke to Tremmel about Saturday’s meeting with FCB.

Interview: Gerhard Tremmel Gerhard Tremmel, do you still remember the last match of the Bundesliga season nine years ago?
Gerhard Tremmel: “Of course, very well in fact.“ 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.“ 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.“ 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.“ 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.“ 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.“ 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.“