Schaaf's tough choice: Akpala on hand
31.08.2012, 20:46:10 Uhr
And the Werder coach had to decide again after Friday afternoon's final training before the Hamburg match. He could nominate 18 players. Definitely on hand is Joseph Akpala. The Nigerian has been a Green-White for a week and he feels "great" along the banks of the Weser. And Schaaf praised the 26-year-old. "Joseph moves and tries to do his best. As a new player, it's certainly a bit easier to find your footing in attack. He will be there against Hamburg. We will have to see if he's already ready for the starting line-up," said Schaaf.
And Schaaf wants his team fully concentrated on the showdown with their north rivals. "We will do our own thing and try to implement our philosophy on Saturday. That's the only thing that matters," said Schaaf after the final session.
He also announced the 18 players chosen for the North Derby against Hamburg: Mielitz, Wolf - Lukimya, De Bruyne, Arnautovic, Fritz, Elia, Schmitz, Hunt, Prödl, Junuzovic, Ignjovski, Sokratis, Gebre Selassie, Petersen, Füllkrug, Bargfrede, Akpala.