During the winter training camp in Jerez, Nico Elvedi spoke with the media about…
…his move from right-back to centre-back: I think it was a clever move by the coaching team. I feel very happy at centre-back, as I have played there in the past too. I think you can see that on the pitch. It’s like the position was made for me. I can see the whole game and can help build up play more effectively.
…the public’s perception of him: I don’t have the feeling that I am criticised a lot. Despite the fact I have made lots of appearances, I think people can still appreciate that I am only 22 and will still make mistakes. To develop as a footballer you need to learn from those mistakes.
…the strong defence in the first half of the season: Every player in the team is part of the defence – whether it is a striker closing space, or the goalkeeper saving us. In this season we have worked well as a team against the ball and have been very compact. Perhaps that is a result of the new formation we started using.
…the return of Matthias Ginter: He is an important part of our side, which we saw in the Hinrunde. I have a good partnership with him in defence and I am delighted that he will be back for the next part of the season, so that we can play together again.
…his new role while Ginter was out injured: I would say this period of time was another stage in my development, because I became the “boss” in defence alongside Jordan Beyer. I want to carry on taking more responsibility and communicate more with my teammates. This will be the next step in my career.
…the first game back against Leverkusen: It will definitely be a difficult game for us, but I am confident if we play like we have recently we will do well. We have a lot of quality in our team and if we show that against Leverkusen, then we have a good chance.
…his development in the Swiss national side: My role in the national side continues to increase. The national coach has played me at centre-back, whereas I used to play as a right-back here at Borussia, which meant I was missing the match practice at centre-back. I’m happy now that I play centrally here – this means I should get more chances for Switzerland there too.