SCHAFER: I'M THE MAN FOR THE JOB
Cologne coach Frank Schafer insists he is the right man to save the club from relegation this season.
Schafer replaced Stale Solbakken as coach just 10 days ago, but a 3-0 defeat at Borussia Monchengladbach last weekend has left the club in serious relegation danger.
Nevertheless, Schafer is convinced he can turn things around as Cologne prepare to face the Bundesliga's form side Stuttgart on Saturday.
"Of course I would have preferred to have made a better start, but when I accepted the job, I had guessed that we would not thrash Gladbach," he said.
"I have taken this job on because I feel I am the right man for it.
"I think that, with my positive energy, we can achieve something despite all the scepticism."
Schafer would have preferred not to face the side who have scored more than any other in 2012, but says his players are ready for the challenge.
"Stuttgart are riding on a wave of success, but we cannot choose our opponents," he told Sport1.de.
"Whoever we face, we have got to beat them. The squad is alive and kicking and we have got to take the positives out of every day."
Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia wants his side to continue their excellent form since the turn of the year and clinch a place in the Europa League with victory.
The Swabians have won eight and drawn three of their last 14 games and can seal a remarkable return to Europe with victory tomorrow.
"We have found our game over the last two months and we will be sticking to it in Cologne," he said at the pre-match press conference.
"Just like in Augsburg, we expect high intensity and a lot of work in Cologne, but with our 5,000 fans behind us, we want to get a positive result in Cologne."
Labbadia has an almost fully-fit squad to choose from with Schafer enjoying a similar luxury.
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