Weinzierl won't read into recent Augsburg form

Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl says the league table is misleading as his side heads to Stuttgart, looking for a new club record eighth game in a row unbeaten.

Can you see the fire in his eyes...?

The Bavarians are currently just two points adrift of the top six and nine ahead of their hosts, who have lost all three games they have played so far in 2014.

That does not reflect the true reality, according to Weinzierl, who nevertheless is happy with his side's current position.

"The table doesn't lie, but sometimes it can be a bit deceiving," he said at a press conference.

"Even if we are currently ahead of Stuttgart in the table, that doesn't say anything about who are favourites. Only after the 34th matchday does the table tell the truth."

That view is shared by Stuttgart coach Thomas Schneider to a certain degree.

He says he "can read the league table", but at the same time, he is confident that his side "can put a streak together."

"We're going to have to be patient and, when we get the ball, we've got to use it and turn defence into attack quickly," added Schneider, who has to find a replacement for his injured captain Christian Gentner.

"That's a loss for us," Schneider said. "We could have done with him now of all times to lead this young team."

Augsburg arrive not only with a lot of confidence, but with practically a fully-fit squad.

Only goalkeeper Marwin Hitz and Raphael Holzhauser are missing for the Bavarians, who after two years fighting for survival at the wrong end of the table, are now enjoying a new challenge in the top half of the table.

Victory would take them to within three more wins of their primary aim of 40 points for the season, and then they will assess what else is possible.



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