Internationals: “Good for club and players”
The pitch was small and the goals were close together, making it clear to see at the one-hour training session that a large number of players were on national team duty. U20 German internationals Niclas Füllkrug and Tom Trybull may not be leaving for their friendly against Poland until Wednesday but the coaching staff was still missing a number of players. It was visible on the remaining players that they enjoyed getting the first three points of the season over the weekend. Eljero Elia was extremely happy about the 2-0 win over his former club. "That was a super important victory and good for the team before they all head out to their national teams," said the Dutch player, who with a strong start to the season could even get a nomination for the Oranje XI.
Match winner Aaron Hunt sees it the same. "There are still more details to fine tune. We can still play a lot better. It's nice to go into the international break with a success," said Hunt, who wishes his national team colleagues good luck. "I hope that our internationals all return healthy." In addition to Hunt, Elia and Co, Nils Petersen is also racing around the pitch at Weser Stadium. The 23-year-old picked up his first goal for the Green-Whites against Hamburg. And the goal came at the perfect time for the striker. "For me the goal was especially important, now before the national team break. Now I can go into the training sessions even more motivated," said Petersen.
Not at training was Joseph Akpala, who Schaaf said "still had some private things to deal with." The Nigerian is expected back at team training on Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.