Nico Elvedi spoke to the journalists at the training camp in Jerez de la Frontera about...
...Friday’s friendlies against Freiburg: The plan is to give everyone 90 minutes. There’s one week to go until we’re back in league action against FC Schalke 04. I think that it will do everyone good to get 90 minutes under their belts before then. We’ll be back to a good level of fitness again after the two friendly games. You can tell that there are some heavy legs in training but Freiburg will also work hard. The physical burden is the same for both teams tomorrow. We want to implement what we’ve practiced during the training camp in these matches. We have tried out a few different systems that we want to put to the test tomorrow. We’ve also been working hard on improving our pressing, which we couldn’t do during the first half the season because we often had double game weeks. The training camp has given us a good opportunity to go through all of that again.
...his first half of the season: I was pleased with how I did up to the winter break and I want to try and build on that in the second half of the season. I have improved a lot already and learnt new things from the new coach, such as the importance of getting closer to my man in defence so that he doesn’t have time to turn and break through. We defenders often play in a man-marking system and I’ve learnt to assert myself better to come out on top in these individual battles. I’ve also made progress when it comes to my presence on the pitch and my communication. Both of those things can always be improved on but I’ll never be the loudest of people.
...the Rückrunde: I am confident that we won’t have a second half of the season slump like we did last year. There was definitely some tiredness towards the end of the Hinrunde but we’re feeling fresh again now and we can give the Bundesliga our full attention. We want to be as successful as possible.
...his personal goal tally: We scored quite a few goals from set pieces during the first half of the season. We had lot of different free-kick takers and for me, personally, I want to work on them. I want to make improvements in this area because I obviously want to score more goals. Whenever I go forward for a corner or a free kick, my aim is to score. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t
...the team’s attacking style of play: Our style suits us. We’ve scored a lot of goals from playing high up the pitch. However, it’s important that the whole team works together. When just one or two players don’t stick to the plan, it makes it harder for us defenders to win our one-on-ones. We managed to do it well in the first half of the season, so we didn’t concede too many goals.
...Borussia: I’ve felt really comfortable here since I arrived. The club has the whole package; the fans, everyone around me, my teammates – they’re all great guys. That’s what makes Borussia and that’s why the club is so loved.