NEWS: 17.05.2020

Strobl: “It’s about being a professional”

Strobl: “It’s about being a professional”
Tobias Strobl was an anchor in midfield with an impressive 92% passing accuracy. Photo: Jan Hübner

Tobias Strobl was an anchor in midfield with an impressive 92% passing accuracy. The defensive midfielder answered some questions about yesterday’s 3-1 win over Frankfurt.

Tobi, summarise your thoughts on yesterday’s game for us please…

Strobl: First of all, I’m happy that we’re back after such a long time away. It was a great performance from us. The early lead set us up perfectly, as well as scoring the second in quick succession. Of course there were three or four attacks throughout the game that we could have done better with, then perhaps we would have put the game to bed a bit earlier. But for our first game back after the break we did very well.

Frankfurt managed to cut the deficit to 3-1 after your early quick-fire double and Ramy Bensebaini’s second half penalty. Still, the result was never in doubt, was it?

Strobl: We were frustrated that we conceded because we wanted to keep a clean sheet of course. It was a bit annoying and that’s something we’re going to work towards over the next eight matches. But as I’ve said, we’ve made a great start to the continuation of the league. It’s a difficult situation for all of us to suddenly get back into competition mode again. We’ve done that well and we can now build on it.

Did you spend a lot of time before the game thinking about what it would be like?

Strobl: I think that our experiences from the game against Köln helped us. We knew exactly what it would be like. The lead up to the game was a lot more intense than the derby but were already used to the atmosphere in the stadium. We managed to turn it on really well and luckily got the early lead.

Even though you already knew what it was like from the Köln game, how was it to play in an empty stadium yesterday?

Strobl: Of course it all feels a lot like a friendly match. But that’s not the point. We’re in a situation in that we’re just grateful to even be able to continue playing at all. I don’t think it matters whether it looks like a Bundesliga game or not. It’s about going out there, being a professional, putting in a performance and doing as best you can to go home with the three points.

You’ll be taking on Bayer Leverkusen at the BORUSSIA-PARK next Saturday (15:30 CET). What are your expectations for this match?

Strobl: I hope that we can take momentum from yesterday. I’m excited; it’s a home game against one of our direct rivals in the table. Leverkusen still have to play tomorrow against Werder Bremen so we’ll see how that goes and then come back next week fully motivated to try and pick up our next three points.