After the strongly fluctuating performances of the last few weeks, Rio world champion Christoph Kramer sees no problem with the hiring of the Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach.
That was “the simplest, most universal answer for everything,” said the midfielder in an interview with Sky: “But it’s not true that a player here wants to show himself more against the big ones than against the little ones. There is a win against one smaller opponents the same amount of money and as many points as against a big one.”
Gladbach recently shone with a 3-2 win against record champions Bayern Munich, but also repeatedly showed weak performances against teams from the bottom half of the table. That’s why Kramer rightly doesn’t see his team anywhere near the European Cup places.
“Our results simply do not allow us to talk about international business at the moment,” said the 32-year-old: “When you see who is up there – such as Eintracht Frankfurt – then you simply have to say that they are better than us at the moment. We don’t have anything to do with the top six at the moment because we don’t play consistently enough. But that has nothing to do with ambition or mentality.”
After the 4-0 defeat at FSV Mainz 05, the five-time champions are in tenth place – almost equally far from the European Cup places and relegation zones. “There has been a lot of glamor and glory around the club in recent years, but we’re just not there right now and there are times like this,” said Kramer: “We have to get through it.”
This is not due to coach Daniel Farke. “His speech really grabs me and I like his approach to football,” said Kramer: “He doesn’t let himself be guided and doesn’t lapse into activism. That’s very rare in today’s football because pressure comes quickly from outside – especially at a traditional club. If we don’t have one thing, it’s a coaching problem.”