It’s always about the team

Niclas Füllkrug in the Mixed Zone on Tuesday

 Niclas Füllkrug in front of the microphone in the Mixed Zone
Füllkrug is looking forward to Piza's testimonial at the weekend (photo: WERDER.DE).
First Team
Tuesday, 20.09.2022 / 16:21

Niclas Füllkrug has made a superb start to the season and has already scored five Bundesliga goals. The forward now has Claudio Pizarro’s testimonial to look forward to this Sunday. The 29-year-old spoke to the media in the Mixed Zone on Tuesday about “Piza’s” return, Werder’s current points tally and the winter World Cup in Qatar.

Here are the most important parts:

Niclas Füllkrug on...

…his injury against Leverkusen: “I think I’ve already been involved in more robust duels recently. I hadn’t had a head injury until now and they are unfortunately part and parcel of football. I took quite a hard hit in what was a tough challenge for the ball. I was stitched up on the pitch straight away and I even have a bit of a headache now but fortunately I escaped without concussion."

 …on Marvin’s drought: “I don’t need to intervene or anything. We count up together just like we did last season. We have nine direct goal contributions in seven games as a duo. I am very happy with these numbers, especially in the Bundesliga. Duckschi is working really hard in the week but I believe that at the end of the day, it’s always about the team. It was Milos who eventually got the goal against Leverkusen. Our job as a team is to pick up as many points as possible."

…the current league position: “I think, based on our performances, our league position is about right. What has pleased me, though, is that we have had chances in every game. We have been involved in all our games and we’ve even had chances to win all of them. At the end of the day, however, we need to try and get the absolute most out of each match and I still think there is room for improvement on that front.”

…a possible personal appearance at the World Cup: “It is the international break right now and I am sat doing a media round with you guys. I don’t think it makes any sense to start talking about things that aren’t currently a reality. I try to give my best every week and I will do that regardless of the scenario. I give everything for Werder Bremen because I want to be the best version of myself and I always want to develop.”

…Qatar being awarded the World Cup: “I think it’s difficult to judge all that from a distance. I think that the people who were there early on should’ve made the decision. It is not the job of a footballer or a football coach. We have other things to worry about and these are the people who agreed to it. I haven’t been there myself. I don’t know all the specific circumstances, you only know what you see in reports. And if everything is as how it has been written, then it is of course the wrong move.”

…Claudio’s testimonial: “The invite came a few weeks ago and I’m incredibly excited for it. It will be an unbelievable game with some great people. I also managed to play with Piza for a couple of years. It was of course a really intense period when I just turned pro. At just 18-years-old I was able to do some shooting practice with Claudio. I closely observed him and I tried to imitate him. He was a truly exceptional player.”

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