“Award was wrong” – Virkus and Farke with a clear position on the World Cup in Qatar
Roland Virkus and Daniel Farke leave no doubt that they are critical of the World Cup award to Qatar. From a sporting point of view, the Gladbach decision-makers keep their fingers crossed for their five World Cup drivers.
Roland Virkus and Daniel Farke leave no doubt that they are critical of the World Cup award to Qatar. From a sporting point of view, the Gladbach decision-makers keep their fingers crossed for their five World Cup drivers. The tournament also serves to monitor potential newcomers.
“You have to name it very clearly, the award after Qatar wasn’t right and it doesn’t match the values that Borussia Mönchengladbach stands for,” Virkus told the picture-Newspaper. “Because of that, I have very mixed feelings before the tournament. Of course I also see the sport, we will also follow how our boys perform there – but personally I’m not going to Qatar.” Nevertheless, the sports director wants to use the World Cup to look out for new players.
Coach Farke agreed with his manager: “The award was wrong and the timing is wrong. For me as a traditionalist and football romantic, a World Cup belongs in the summer. For me, that includes a grilled bratwurst and a nice cold drink. It feels now more like mulled wine and shortbread.”
Summer on the brink, mixed feelings about Itakura
Overall, with Jonas Hofmann (Germany), Joe Scally (USA), Ko Itakura (Japan), Nico Elvedi and Yann Yommer (both Switzerland) five Borussia professionals nominated for the tournament. However, the goalkeeper is on the brink with his torn ligaments and capsule. On Friday against BVB, summer will be canceled like in the past few weeks.
“Of course, all fingers are crossed for Yann. According to the first forecasts, he should perhaps be fit again sooner, but there have been a few setbacks in rehab. But it looks like he should be fit for Qatar,” revealed color confident. In order not to be caught off guard by a summer absence, Switzerland has nominated four goalkeepers as a precaution.
The Foal coach looked at central defender Itakura’s participation in the World Cup with mixed feelings. The Japanese returns after tearing a medial ligament in his knee BVB back in the squad for the first time. “In the back of your mind, as a club coach, you’re always a bit worried when someone flies straight to a big tournament after such a long break,” admitted Farke. “I hope he doesn’t overpace. But he’s fit, maybe it’ll be good if he comes back to us with match practice.”
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This article was originally published on 90min.com/de as “Award was wrong” – Virkus and Farke with a clear position on the World Cup in Qatar released.