Our number 10 is expecting two things at the Stadion der Freundschaft on Monday: a great atmosphere in a sold-out stadium and an opposition that “likes to play good football.” Above all, Leonardo is expecting more of himself after a last year’s mixed season: “It was difficult for me last year. Everyone expected more of me in the second division. I prepared really well and then picked up a knee injury. Initially, it didn’t look like I would be out for long but then I was out for a month. You need to feel your way into the second division and I don’t think I did that. I still think that I helped the team with my experience, especially in games like against Schalke where there was lots of pressure. I believe that I helped to calm my teammates down. We achieved our goal and got promoted and we have another fresh start this season. I hope that I can reach the level I was at for all those years in the Bundesliga.
Franklin is Leo’s biggest supporter and believes in his son’s ability: “I of course know him really well and he has shown at many big clubs that he is a great player. His injury set him back last season but he is fit and I believe in him.”