Matthias Ginter speaks in an interview about Borussia’s current position, the last game they had away in Leverkusen and the foundation of his own charity.
Matze, on Saturday evening, you and the boys play away in Leverkusen, one of your direct competitors for European football. Does it feel like a sort of final for you?
Ginter: No, I don’t think so, there’s still a lot of football to play yet and we shouldn’t be thinking about European football at the minute, rather giving it our all out on the pitch and trying to pick up as many points as we can. We’ve already dropped enough points this season and we can’t afford to drop too many more if we’re to achieve what we want to achieve.
Why do you think you are finding some games so difficult this season?
Ginter: There’s so much potential in our team but we haven’t been that consistent this season. The amount of players out injured has played a role, even though that’s no excuse. On the whole, in certain moments we’ve found particularly difficult to create goal-scoring opportunities and to put the finishing touches on the chances we have created. Nevertheless we know that there’s always something for us out there on the pitch, when we bring our A-game.
Is that also true for the Leverkusen-game?
Ginter: Absolutely! It will obviously be a tough game and we have to play well for 90 minutes in order to get any points but if we are compact and take our chances in front of goal then we can definitely walk away the winners.
Although you have got four points out of the last six, was the 2-2 draw against Bremen not quite what you were hoping for?
Ginter: No it wasn’t. When you walk into the dressing room at half time with a 2-0 lead, you expect to be taking home all three points but for different reasons, we didn’t manage to do so. There’s nothing we can do to change that now however, so we just have to look forward to the next game.
Let’s turn to a different topic now. At the start of the week, you founded a children's charity. How did that come about?
Ginter: I have always wanted to start a charity. Two or three years ago I visited the Freiburg children’s ward for the first time and I knew that they needed more funding, which isn’t available to them. When my girlfriend and I visited the clinic again, we decided to found the charity.
Do you think it is important to give something back?
Ginter: For sure. I’ve been thinking for a long time about how I can get involved and really help a lot of people. With the foundation of this charity, we wanted to help children that are physically or mentally disabled and those disadvantaged by their upbringing and of course as we get more and more coverage we’re hoping to get other people to donate and buy into the project.