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Preparation, 15. January 2020

“Everyone’s raring to go”

Marc Oliver Kempf gave us an update on what’s been happening at the training camp and how things are progressing with new head coach Pellegrino Matarazzo.

After seven training sessions and a friendly at the camp in Marbella, the VfB squad were given Tuesday afternoon off to catch their breath and get some rest. For Marc Oliver Kempf, the training camp has been a positive experience to date. “We’ve got good conditions here and it makes a lot of things a lot easier,” said the 24-year-old. “We showed some good signs in the friendly against Basel and we need to build on that.”

The main priority at the moment is to take on board the playing style of new head coach Pellegrino Matarazzo, explained Kempf. “Our performance against Basel showed that we’re on the right track.

“The dialogue is very positive,” added the centre-back. “The coach is a calm, quiet type. He knows exactly what he wants to get out of us. Everyone’s raring to go. Each player now has the opportunity to prove themselves all over again.”

That enthusiasm will need to be converted into points once league action gets under way again if the club is to achieve its goal of promotion at the end of the season. “If we stick together as a team, we’ve got every chance of going back up,” Kempf said. He and the rest of the VfB players will be looking to lay the foundation for that in Marbella, where they’re staying until Sunday, and then back at the club’s training ground.