Leverkusen face new-look Greuther Furth

There will be two new faces in command of Greuther Furth this weekend as the Bavarians changed their course in a bid to save their season.

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Ludwig Preis and Rouven Schroder were placed in temporary charge of the Clover Leaves following the dismissal of Mike Buskens on Wednesday night, and their first task is to try to register a first ever Bundesliga win at the Playmobil-Stadion.

"Our absolute priority is this game, and I am fully focused on it," said Preis, who is aware that a win over Bayer Leverkusen tomorrow would only represent a first step towards their ultimate objective of staying up.

"We are four points behind and we now need to get the basics right," he added. "We hope to be able to unlock the team."

Preis was coaching the youth team when he got a call from club president Hellmut Hack on Wednesday morning asking him if he would be interested in taking over the first team.

"I accepted it because I am fully convinced that I can and must help the club in this difficult time," he said.

The change in coach has made Bayer Leverkusen joint-coach Sami Hyypia even more wary of his side's next opponents.

"We certainly won't be under-estimating Furth," he said. "A new coach can always give fresh impetus to a team, and that makes it a dangerous task."

Hyypia's own task of lifting his side's spirits after elimination from the Europa League on Thursday is not easy either, but he is glad not to have too long to dwell on defeat to Benfica.

"When I was a player, it was always best after a defeat to get back onto the field again as soon as possible," he said.

"The players can do that tomorrow in Furth."

Lars Bender may not get that chance, though, since he has a calf injury picked up in Portugal.


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