Switzerland has qualified on Monday for the European championship 2020. Follow the national team actually, exactly?
of Course, I've seen the games and I was very pleased.
How they spent the international break?
We had again many English weeks, and now two days in a row. I am, however, none of the travel quickly to Paris or London, but enjoy the rest at home. And my brother Marco plays not far away in Belgium at Waregem, he came to visit me.
On Friday, it goes on for Dortmund with the home game against Paderborn. How are you with the BVB season satisfied?
We are in all three competitions view rich, have brought us in the Champions League thanks to a 3:2 against Inter Milan in a good Position, but in the Bundesliga, a bit below expectations. But it's all still very tight.
Did it bother you that the club responsible person said, the championship title as a goal?
This should not bother me. I play in Dortmund is a big Club, the ambitions are always high. If you can be right up to the last half of the season, the masters, and then in the summer, so much the Team is investing, it is but logical that you formulated claims. This came out also from the Team.
your coach Lucien Favre vacillates very, when it comes to concrete goals.
I wouldn't call that Procrastination. He is, as he is rather reserved, but internally, he speaks clear words. And he has on several occasions confirmed that he supports the aim of the Association.
"It is in our country sometimes, unfortunately, a Problem that there are people who focus on the Negative search."
Favre is the media often closed and for quite some time, sometimes difficult in the criticism. Can you understand that?
no! I find it unfair how he is partially attacked. But the football is , it is a loud, restless business. A big win against Inter, and we are the Best. A defeat in Milan against a strong Inter and we have done everything wrong.
You sometimes get the impression that Favre fit in with his hesitant nature, Dortmund mourns the passing of the passionate Jürgen Klopp.
Oh, I can't listen to these discussions! Internally, no one mourns the past. In the end it is about winning games. Lucien Favre is a first-class coach, he has had success, players and Teams better. In addition, he coaches awarded, prepares us for the top, has been made often, with the right feeling for the game, which led to the victory.
It was said that Favre enjoy it is written the greatest restraint ...
... a lot. It was after the last international break critical reports, but then we have the Leader Gladbach in the League and the Cup defeated, we won against the unbeaten Wolfsburg, turned against Inter with a 0:2 behind ...
... and then this 0:4 in Munich, Germany came in last against the battered Bayern, as Dortmund as in Milan very harmless occurred.
That was a weak performance, and we know that. The 0:4 hurt, but that's not related to the fact that we have a Problem. Dortmund's record in Munich is miserable.
As you are satisfied with?
My services were neat, I've made no errors, was able to me but also not mark up with Big Saves like last season, because there were these opportunities.
you have been recently 29. In what areas are you stronger than five years ago?
I hope in all. (smiles) I'm logically more Mature and more experienced and a stronger personality. Therefore, I can handle the responsibility to be a Goalie at such a big club, the better. And it is well known that I work in the mental area long intensive that helped me to overcome difficult times.
"it was hard, I was stuck for the first time in my career in a crisis."
you have been counted before two years, it was said that they were good enough for Dortmund.
That was hard, I was stuck for the first time in my career in a crisis. It was important for me, I could come out of this Situation strengthened, and in the last season, the critics are convincing. There was a danger that the pressure is too intense.
Dortmund is a worldwide Top-10-Club seen. There is even an increase?
that doesn't concern me. I am one who lives in the Here and Now. I like it a lot BVB. In the Rest of Dortmund with respect to Fans is even a Top 5 Club. Here, football is so important that is probably unique in Europe.
you decided at the beginning of the year, as a substitute goalkeeper in the national team too. Has to do with your increase in order to?
I was able to concentrate totally on Dortmund, which has helped in every case. After five, six years as number 2 was for me and my development simply better to abandon the national team. It was difficult, always re-indent with the Knowledge that you are anyway not used. I had to make a decision that is good for me.
do you Have understanding that Yann Sommer is the undisputed number 1?
that's not the point. Yann is an excellent goalkeeper, he plays for Gladbach sensational. But I would have liked to get more chances. It was never a battle, I only used it in Tests and twice in competitive matches – against Andorra and San Marino, as many players had cancelled. That was after so many years, eventually frustrating. At the world Championships in Russia last year, I realized that I need to change something.
Why the world Cup?
I was at the last three tournaments, stayed for a week focused, prepared, supported the Team, was in the training. But there is no prospect of a change in inventory. And it was complicated to give up after only two, three weeks of vacation immediately to full throttle, while others had the whole summer break. I have not regretted my decision.
Recently, national coach Vladimir Petkovic has visited you. What was it about?
Director Pierluigi Tami, and team Manager Vincent Cavin were. We discussed the Situation, but I couldn't give you other know. For me, nothing has changed. I am, however, more should Yann fail.
Petkovic decided to omit you, should summer, are missing any longer.
I can't affect. I never said that I don't want to play for the national team. If it needs me, I'm in. I was always proud to wear the Jersey.
"it bothers Me when things are criticized, which have nothing to do with the football."
coach Petkovic is in Switzerland, strong against wind. How do you track that?
regardless of whether you would have solved one or the other Situation is different: for Me it is very disturbing when things are criticized, which have nothing to do with the football. Sporty the Team has impressed, even if we have lost the eighth-finals almost. But we are Switzerland, a comparatively small country, therefore it weights the higher to what has been achieved.
Petkovic is accused of a lack of communication.
for me, This is almost an Incitement, because it is the one or the other Swiss might interfere with that Vladimir Petkovic is not a Confederate and not Röthlisberger, or so-called. The football connects the people of different origin. It is not for me to understand how the coach is often dealt with. But it is in our country sometimes, unfortunately, a Problem that there are people who focus on the Negative search.
Is Petkovic's Situation is similar to that of Favre at BVB?
When two it is not in the criticism, on some days the thing. If Vladimir Petkovic will not be criticized, because his English is perfect, I find this absurd. And he is not obliged to comply with any request of the media. Ultimately, he is the footballing Boss, you have to respect his decisions.
Created: 22.11.2019, 14:13 PM