Thorgan Hazard sits down to talk about the Fohlenelf’s performance so far this season, the lessons to be learned from the Dortmund game, as well as the upcoming clash with Hannover 96.
Thorgan, after six matches played you’ve managed to earn eight points. How happy are you with how the season has gone so far?
Hazard: We’re obviously not totally happy with how things have gone to this point. However, the season before last we started with five straight losses and we still managed to turn things around. Eight points are better than none. At the same time though, we know we can play better and have to play better. It’s important that we find that balance between defence and attack in the next few games. If we keep working at it, the results will come.
What can you learn from the loss in Dortmund?
Hazard: We played extremely poorly in the Dortmund game, and it’s not pleasant viewing for us. However, you can’t forget that we created quite a few chances at the same time. I don’t think many teams will be able to have that many chances when they play in Dortmund. We have to learn from our mistakes and keep a positive outlook on our upcoming games. Our team chemistry is strong, so when we head back onto the pitch against Hannover on Saturday, we’ll be very up for it.
What kind of game are you expecting against the surprising Hannover?
Hazard: Hannover have still not lost a game this season, and so will go out there on Saturday full of confidence. It won’t be easy, but then again, nothing is easy in the Bundesliga. You have to put in the hard yards every weekend. We’ll be at home this weekend, so we’ll do everything we can to show our fans that the Dortmund are well and truly in the rear view mirror. If we manage to defend strongly and take our chances in attack, I have no doubt that we’ll come away with the three points.
You’ve score only once in the Bundesliga so far, and it came from the penalty spot. Why have things not quite clicked on the pitch for you yet?
Hazard: I’ve definitely had some quality chances in the first few games this season. Sometimes you have a run of games where everything goes in, and then other times it’s the complete opposite and you can’t catch a break. The main thing for me is that I’m getting the chances in the first place. If that wasn’t even happening, then something would be going wrong. I think it’s only a matter of time before my fortunes change. When one finally does find the back of the net, the confidence will start flooding back and things will go my way. I’m sure of it.