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"There's still a lot of time"

By Jonathan Dicks   @Jonathan_Dicks

Bochum coach Thomas Letsch discussed his plans with the media to save his new team from a looming relegation.
Thomas Letsch.
Thomas Letsch. Photo: Werner100359, CC BY-SA 4.0
Thomas Letsch gave his first press conference on Monday after replacing Thomas Reis as the new man in charge of Bochum, who have only recorded one point on the season. Letsch spoke in length about his ambitions for the team after coaching over 100 competitive matches for Dutch side Vitesse:

"We've only played seven games, so there's still a lot of time. Something fantastic happened here last season with staying up, we want to do that again. - We want a clear structure and compactness against the ball. That's important to me, that has to be our basis."

He added that, "I've taken a lot with me in my footballing life and I'm not very young anymore. I think I've steadily evolved." Letsch feels he's "just in the right place."

Letsch still believes Bochum can escape relegation even with the oldest squad in the Bundesliga: "That doesn't change anything about my approach. The most important thing is that the mentality and structure are right, regardless of how old the players are. - Experience never hurt when it comes to critical situations."

The 54-year-old has a difficult first away test against Leipzig on Saturday.

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