Bobadilla: Survival is our primary objective

Raul Bobadilla says FC Augsburg are fully focused on securing their place in the Bundesliga for next season after a less than perfect start to the current season.

The club, who ended their last campaign in 12th place, are currently in 13th spot with just three wins from their opening 10 matches played.

The 29-year-old striker, who recently missed four games through injury, came off the bench to set up one goal and score another in a 2-0 win over FC Ingolstadt, for their first win in five games, last time out.

Speaking to the official Bundesliga website, the Paraguay international said: “It was a patchy start to the season, but we put in some good performances and picked up some important points.

“We also had a bit of bad luck with injuries. We have to put everything into it each week so that we can ensure our survival as early as possible.”

He added: “Survival is obviously our primary objective. We’ll give everything and work hard every day to achieve this goal as quickly as possible. Only once we’ve done that can we talk about other things.

“It was also important for us to go into the international break with a win against Ingolstadt.”

Bobadilla, who is in his fourth season at Augsburg, says he continues to enjoy his time with the club.

“It’s not just the atmosphere within the team that’s good; there’s a really nice atmosphere around the whole club. Then there’s the fans, who are just incredible.

“The fans have always had my back, even in bad times, and helped me build myself back up again. Everyone gives 100 per cent for the club. I’m happy to be able to play for Augsburg.”

Up next for Augsburg is a home match against Hertha Berlin, with Bobadilla admitting it will be tough to secure a win against the in-form, fourth-placed side.

He concluded: “Berlin have made a superb start to the season. They’ve done a great job so far, but our last outing has given us confidence. We want to pick up points at home and get the win. It’s going to be tough, but I think we can beat Hertha if we show passion and fighting spirit.”