Confidence high for Duisburg: 'We're ready'
Finally at home again! After three consecutive away matches, FC Bayern Women are back at the FC Bayern Campus on Friday 10 March for the visit of MSV Duisburg. The FLYERALARM Women’s Bundesliga Matchday 14 fixture kicks off at 19:15 CET. The state of play, quotes, team news – it's all in our preview.
The state of play
Head coach Alexander Straus’ side go into the next match with a healthy portion of confidence having taken maximum points from their recent league outings and progressed in the cup. Bayern Women are aiming to maintain their still perfect home record against Duisburg on Friday – Straus’ charges have won all 11 competitive matches at the Bayern Campus this season. They’ve been faring well on their travels lately, too: last weekend’s 2-0 win at Werder Bremen was their eighth league victory on the spin.
With that success, FCB Women capitalised on leaders Wolfsburg’s first slip-up of the season. The She-Wolves were surprisingly beaten 2-1 at home by TSG Hoffenheim last Saturday, meaning Bayern’s win in Bremen took them to within two points of the Lower Saxony side. Lea Schüller, Klara Bühl and Co can therefore go into the upcoming assignments with plenty of wind in their sails.
Duisburg travel to Munich in ninth place. The Zebras are in the thick of the relegation battle this season with 13 points, although they did pick up an important three last weekend thanks to a 3-0 win over bottom-of-the-table Turbine Potsdam.
The two teams have met 43 times to date, with 19 wins for FCB and 18 for MSV. While the all-time record is very even, the recent statistics are much more in Bayern’s favour, particularly in the attacking department. The Reds have scored 17 goals in their last three clashes against Duisburg, without reply.
The team news
Long-term absentees Linda Dallmann (surgery after syndesmosis ligament tear) and Giulia Gwinn (cruciate ligament tear) remain sidelined, while goalkeeper Mala Grohs will sit out Friday’s match due to illness. Carolin Simon is also out due to a muscular problem from the game against Bremen. There’s good news on Lina Magull, though, with the captain back in the squad after a muscular issue.
Head coach Alexander Straus: “We’ve prepared well for Duisburg and are ready. Obviously we’ll miss players like Linda and Caro, but we have a good squad. Tomorrow evening we need to be mentally and physically sharp. In the game we’ll completely focus on ourselves, like we do in every game. We need to focus and perform, and then I’ll be very confident.”
Saki Kumagai: “Last week was certainly very tiring with three away games straight after the international break. This week we finally had more time for proper training and good match preparation, and luckily we’re at home. I always look forward to games at the Campus because we have really great fans who support us loudly and give us back a lot. Whatever happens we want the three points against Duisburg, but we know it won’t be easy. We need to be very focused in order to impose our game on the opponents. That doesn’t happen by itself. And of course, we want to improve with each game. Those are our aims.”
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