“We want to build on the same base as last year. I’m not in any doubt about that. Everybody thought: ‘He’s going, he’s going, he’s going’ but so far nobody is going. If we stay together like this there will be a few hard decisions because they can’t start all together. Then we have to see how this works. Be angry at me no problem but stay confident. That is important. Three days later there is another game so be there again. There will be a lot of challenges,” the 50-year-specialist told reporters.
“The plan is that they all make the next step,” he said. “Hopefully it’s like this. Phil [Coutinho] has been outstanding so far and a few others. It is about how do we react when it doesn’t work in our direction? That’s when it is more difficult. If you lose a game, then lose another game then it is: ‘Are we still strong?’ or it’s: ‘No, we are shaky’.
“I said we always want to develop this team and there are two things to do: signings and training. We did both. The signings are nice – either they play or they push another player. But now it’s more difficult to play all the time.”