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Süle: "These are the games that are the most fun"

BVB will be away to PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday evening (21:00 CET). Prior to the first leg, Niklas Süle spoke to BVB TV by 1&1 about the significance of the match, familiar faces in the opposition's ranks and the unusual journey to the match in the premier club competition.

Niklas Süle on his excitement for the Champions League round of 16:

"These are the games that are the most fun. I think I speak for everyone there – it's the reason why we wanted to become footballers: 21:00 CET. Floodlights. Champions League round of 16. It doesn't get much bigger than that. Except for the quarter-final, the semi-final and the final. (laughs). I think there'll be a great atmosphere there and we're just unbelievably excited for the game."

...the motivation prior to the match on Tuesday:

"I believe you no longer need an additional push when it comes to the Champions League round of 16. If someone is lacking motivation when we board the bus for Eindhoven, when we do the final training session at the stadium and when we run out there, they're in the wrong place. And having gotten to know the team and the way we tick, we'll want to put on a full-throttle performance. We shall see to what extent we succeed with that and how it pans out in the end. But I do not believe we'll fail because of a lack of motivation."

...the quality of opponents PSV Eindhoven:

"They're currently strong not only in the Dutch Eredivisie. Above all, they have progressed in the Champions League too and it's always an indicator if a club has managed to make it through the group stage. Every opponent that plays in the Champions League group stages has quality and PSV are therefore deservedly in the round of 16 – for this reason alone, it will not be an easy game. I'm very excited for the atmosphere and the stadium, I've not played there before."

...the Dutch side's style of play:

"PSV have a team which really likes to have the ball themselves, which – like us – doesn't like to chase after it. Our styles of play are not entirely different. I believe that we can cause PSV problems with our ball possession and in particular with our quick switch-play. But I'm also convinced that it can go in the other direction if Eindhoven have the possibility to switch the play at speed. We'll need to defend well and be on full alert for the entire match."

...his former team-mates Malik Tillmann:

"I had a good relationship with Malik when we played together at Bayern Munich. He often trained with us and even played a few games with us. Malik was an up-and-coming talent with a lot of quality. Of course, he wasn't quite as advanced then as he is now. I followed him a bit at Rangers and I think he's taken another step forward by moving to PSV. If he's developed even more vis-à-vis his performance back then, we'll have to take good care of him on Tuesday."

...PSV striker Luuk de Jong: 

"I've already played against him one or two times and can roughly judge what type of striker he is. Hence why I'm looking forward to the challenge on Tuesday."

...the bus journey to the Champions League game:

"It's only happened once in my career that I've travelled by bus, that was with Bayern against Salzburg – otherwise, I've always flown to Champions League matches. Nonetheless, we know the procedure. Each of us has been around long enough, each of us knows that these journeys are part and parcel of the game and do not decide the match. The decisive factor is how you approach the 90 minutes and how you prepare for it with training, sleep and everything that goes with it. So the journey won't pose us any problems."

You can watch the full video on BVB TV by 1&1: Interview with Niklas Süle