Hofmann: “We want to reward our fans with a win”
In an interview, Jonas Hofmann talks about the opening day defeat to Borussia Dortmund, the upcoming home game against Union Berlin and his role on the pitch.
New signing Hannes Wolf discusses his time with the Foals, Borussia as a club and starting the season in Dortmund in an interview.
Hannes, you’ve been at Borussia for a few weeks now. How have you settled in?
Wolf: Yeah, I’ve settled in well. The boys are all really welcoming. Borussia has a top squad with a great team spirit. I’ve got to grips with everything really quickly and I’m happy to be here.
You said at the start that you’re happy to be playing for a side that really values tradition. How have you found that in the first few weeks?
Wolf: Contact with the fans is unfortunately restricted due to Coronavirus, but I can’t wait for the stadium to be full again. As I said, I feel really at home here with the boys, the coaches and the staff. You realise how big Borussia is as a club, but it’s really like one big family. I think that helps every player.
Despite the current situation with the Coronavirus pandemic, lots of sponsors have said that they’re standing by Borussia. What do you make of that?
Wolf: I think it’s great. It shows how many people support the club and also how many people have their heart in the right place. Things are difficult at the moment – we want to give something back to these people by putting in good performances and winning games. Then we’ll achieve great things together.
The 8-0 victory against Oberneuland in the DFB-Pokal was your first competitive game for the Foals. How was it for you?
Wolf: It was great. There were 300 people in the stadium which was a bit different, but it was just great to make my first competitive appearance for my new club and then to get such a result straight away too. Obviously as an attacking player I would’ve liked to have chipped in with a goal. I think I might have been trying too hard to get on the scoresheet in the end and it made me a little tense. But I think I’ll get my goals this season. Ultimately, I’m just really pleased that we’ve made such a good start. That gives us confidence for the next few weeks.
You’ll come up against Borussia Dortmund at the weekend when the season gets underway. It’s a big match – what are you hoping for?
Wolf: We want to perform well against Dortmund too. The cup game has given us confidence, and that’s really important when you’re starting a new season. We’ve got a massive game waiting for us in Dortmund; we want to do well and come away with a positive result. We’re ambitious and know that we have a good side.
Two attacking players are returning from injury in Marcus Thuram and Alassane Plea. What’s the competition for places like?
Wolf: We have lots of matches ahead of us and almost no winter break. That means that you need a big squad. Competition for places can only make you a better player. It’s also expected that there’s a lot of competition for places at such a big club. I think that everyone will get an opportunity and we’ll all have a successful season together.