Alex Frei: "I Will Be Back Soon"
[9.01.] On the way to a successful comeback after eight months of injuries, Alex Frei has cleared the next hurdle. The Swiss national team captian partially returned to team training after recovering from hip surgery and calf injuries and surgery. Frei talks about himself and his future goals.
Back on the training pitch: Alexander Frei (Background: Sebastian Kehl)
...on his comeback on the training pitch:
"It will be a great feeling to be back on the team and actually play in the German Cup or the Bundesliga. But I already feel huge relief now that I can lace my boots and go back on the training pitch with the others. It is a relief to be able to kick the ball around and do some running, to be part of the team again."
...on his rehab program in Switzerland:
"Throughout the three weeks in Magglingen, I was in touch with many other athletes. It was good to see what kind of an effort they have put up to get good results. Also, I had to start at zero and really had to learn to walk again."
...on his personal fitness level:
"I am at about 80% and can do a lot of things with the team, but not everything yet. The last few percent I will pick up at the training camp."
...on his "comeback agenda:
"One or two weeks doesn´t matter anymore after being out for so long. I have talked to the coach and he said to take as much time as I need. No one will make the mistake to give a certain date for my comeback. But I will be back soon. Maybe against Bremen, maybe in Duisburg, maybe against Schalke."
"It is an athlete's goal to win titles. Later in life, your business card will not say how much money you made but which titles you won."
...on the team´s performance so far this season:
"When you are injured, you cannot really look inside the team enough and you experience the wins and the losses from the stands. However, Borussia Dortmudn´s expectation simply cannot be ninth or tenth place. I am convinced BVB has the quality to be much higher in the standings. During winter training camp everyone has to get themselves up to full speed and realize that they play for a big club. If everyone gives 100%, Dortmund will be back with the others at the top."
...on his role as a team leader:
"I know that the team needs me, not only as a player, but also for my character. It felt good to know the club missed me in the bad times. However, we do not need just chiefs. We also need workers in the background. You don´t become a leader just by talking, but also by giving good performances. I want to contribute to a successful second half of the season for Borussia Dortmund. I am convinced that at the end of the season we will be in a position that everyone will see as a successful season."
...on his goals with BVB:
"It is an athlete´s goal to win titles. Later in life, your business card will not say how much money you made but which titles you won."
Interview by Boris Rupert - translated by Chris Schuepp
On the way to his comeback: Alex Frei