Hofmann: “We’ve found a system that works for us“ | OneFootball

Hofmann: “We’ve found a system that works for us“

Logo: Borussia Mönchengladbach

Borussia Mönchengladbach

Jonas, you are currently Borussia’s top goalscorer with three goals. Would you like to remain on top of the club’s scoring charts this season?

Hofmann: I’m definitely not the designated goalscorer, however I’m obviously happy that things are going as well as they are right now. I doubt that, as a midfielder, I’ll still be the top goalscorer at the end of the season. I hope that one or two of our strikers can overtake me by then!

As well as your goals, you’ve generally been in good form. Did your call-up for EURO 2020 give you an additional boost over the summer?

Hofmann: Once you have experienced the national team, you want more of that and your own expectations of yourself continue to grow. The EUROs were a real experience for me, both positively – because it was my first major tournament – but also negatively because I got injured and couldn’t play. I am still improving and I really want to continue playing for Germany in the future.

Let’s come back to Borussia. After just one point from the first three games, we’ve now taken 10 points from the last five matches. Have we now finally kick-started our season?

Hofmann: We weren’t playing the kind of football that we wanted to at the start of the season, plus we kept conceding too many goals. Across the last four or five matches though, we’ve found a system that works well for us. This doesn’t mean that we’ll only limit ourselves to this system, but there are few reasons for us to change it right now. It may have been the case that we needed a few weeks to get to grips with the coach’s new ideas and instructions. We’re now hoping that we can continue our upturn in form this weekend.

We’re away at Hertha BSC on Saturday night. What are you expecting there?

Hofmann: The fact that they won last weekend is a good thing for me – it means we won’t take them lightly. Nobody will go there and think we will be able to easily get the three points. It will be a difficult mach, although we want to build on our momentum. We can travel to the capital with lots of confidence on the back of seven points from our last three games. Our aim will be to win there.

What can you remember from our last away game against Hertha?

Hofmann: It was a hectic game that finished 2-2. Despite having Yann Sommer sent off early on, we put in a great performance. We came from behind even with ten men, and showed some real character.

More than 40,000 fans were in attendance for the game against VfB Stuttgart at BORUSSIA-PARK last weekend for the first time in a long while. What was it like to play in an almost full stadium?

Hofmann: The fans were great. We had a lot more adrenaline than compared to the games behind closed doors last season. A full BORUSSIA-PARK pushes you on loads, so I’m looking forward to our DFB-Pokal home game against Bayern after the trip to Hertha. There’s not much better than a game against Bayern under the floodlights in front of an almost full house.

Mentioned in this article
View publisher imprint