"The coach asked me if I could play in this position and I answered: 'No problem'," said attacking midfielder Thorgan Hazard the day after the 5-0 win over MSV Duisburg, where for the first time in his BVB career, he played a slightly more defensive position on the left hand side. In a media round, he also discussed his goal from a free-kick and looked ahead to the start of the new season in the Bundesliga.
Thorgan Hazard on his unusual position:
“Nico and Rapha are both injured. The coach asked me if I could play in this position and I answered: ‘Yes, no problem.’ I play there for the national team. If we don't have the ball, it's different, you have to defend more. If we have the ball, the position is easy for me to play. Yesterday was good. Five goals scored and a clean sheet - that's always good for the head.”
… his goal from a free-kick:
"I don't practice a lot of free-kicks. Yesterday I had a good feeling that the ball would go in. I asked Gio if I could take it. He took the second free-kick and also scored."
… Jude Bellingham:
“He is only 17, but plays like a man. He is everywhere on the pitch, can score goals and defend. He is a very good player to keep the balance between attack and defence. He can help us a lot.”
…Fans back in the stadium:
“The whole team wants the fans to come back, but the current situation is difficult. It's much better with the fans. It's always good when the fans are loud. Playing in front of 80,000 fans is cool. That's also a reason why I moved to BVB. Now there are no fans. I hope they are allowed to return quickly in order to help the team. It's better for the whole football world with fans.”
… Bundesliga opener against Mönchengladbach:
“We played against them three times last season and won every time, but they were always tough games. Gladbach is a very good team, and it is difficult to win against them. We want to win, we have to win to have a good start.”
Recorded by Christina Reinke