Denis Zakaria took some time from Borussia’s training programme in Jerez to talk to the press about...
…his Hinrunde: It wasn’t an easy first half of the season for me, because after my first season I thought I would be playing more games. Everyone wants to play and when a player isn’t playing, he’s obviously not going to be satisfied – that’s normal. But I take the challenge as it is and try to help the team despite not playing. My mother always says that I need to stay calm, that my time and my chance will come if I carry on working hard and giving 100 percent. I listen to my Mum.
…Squad competition: We have a lot of good players and a big squad this season, so there’s a lot of competition. But I do think that’s good for me, because the high quality around me helps me improve. I am definitely 100 percent fit and available to play. If the manager needs me, I’ll be ready.
…his new position: The more attacking central midfield role is a bit new for me. I do like that position, it suits me perfectly: I can stand higher up the pitch when the team presses, I can win the ball back higher up the pitch and then I’m in a more dangerous position than before. When you play there regularly it is of course much easier to let the things required for that position to come naturally. This isn’t so easy when you don’t play there as often, but it will happen with time.
…the Rückrunde: We’re putting a lot of work in at this training camp and we hope to be ready against Leverkusen. We will continue to take the second half of the season one game at a time and we won’t think about our position at the end of the campaign. This is a good approach which has worked for us so far – in the end we will finish where we finish.