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‘But it is the cup…’

Interview: Fürth coach Mike Büskens

Fürth boss Mike Büskens has been busy recently - both on the training ground and the phone, as reporters jostle for interviews with the 41-year-old. The former Düsseldorf, Schalke and Duisburg midfielder took the Fürth helm in the winter break, leading his new side to three wins in their four matches so far this year. Ahead of his team’s DFB Cup trip to Munich, Büskens assessed his club’s chances for

Interview: Mike Büskens Fürth lost for the first time since your arrival last week. Is that good or bad ahead of the cup clash in Munich?
Büskens: “Neither the one nor the other. Obviously, we’d have liked to go to Munich on the back of another win, but on the other hand, an unlucky defeat to a team with Bundesliga experience [Bielefeld] showed my players the areas where they need to improve.“ Your players controlled the game in Bielefeld for an hour, but were they subconsciously thinking about the cup after that?
Büskens: “I don’t think so. We have a young team with talent and potential, who should have led by more before Bielefeld equalised. We lacked the killer instinct and the experience.“ Your most recent trip to the Allianz Arena just under a year ago was a successful one …
Büskens: “Yes, I coached Schalke and we won. But that means nothing. We’re rank outsiders on Wednesday – but it’s the cup. We have a tiny chance, and we’ll take it, if Bayern let us. It's a mis-match, but my players should go out and enjoy it.“ The crowd will be about 60,000, so there’s a windfall for Greuther Fürth whatever happens. Or would you rather have played at home?
Büskens: “The support of the home crowd would have been nice, but that’s not how it was drawn. We’ll still have 7,000 fans in Munich. The money’s important to the club, but the game is the only thing that matters to me personally.“