Berlin - Sun shining, soaring temperatures and a beautiful blue sky - it’s the sort of weather that Marvin Plattenhardt and Mathew Leckie got used to on their recently ended holidays. On Friday, it was back to work for the pair as they took part in some performance tests with fitness coaches Hendrik Vieth and Henrik Kuchno. The session included some tabata style exercises and some intense sprints. After the session, Plattenhardt took the time to answer the media’s questions. The Germany international spoke about...
... the World Cup in Russia: We can only apologise to the Germany fans. Our team had so much quality and we simply had to do more. For me personally, however, I fulfilled a childhood dream. I followed the big tournaments on TV when I was a little boy, so it was amazing to be the one playing this time round. It’s an unbelievable honour to participate at a World Cup.
... his performance in Germany’s first group game against Mexico: We were obviously not happy with the result and our performance. The game played out in a way which meant we predominantly played down the right hand side. I tried to make myself available nevertheless, so it’s a shame that I wasn’t very involved.
... the speculations surrounding the early knockout: I think that lots of things were assumed by people on the outside. The atmosphere within the team was not bad and our team base was not bad either. The Erdogan story was also not much of a problem in reality. However, I’m not going to come out and declare something or whatever - that’s not me. What is clear is that it all didn’t work out as we had hoped.”
... his international future with Germany: The management has already started to analyse what went wrong and will continue to do so for the coming weeks and months. The head coach is going to stay, which I think is the correct decision. Löw has achieved a lot over the last few years and with that comes respect. I would obviously love to remain a part of the team.
... his own future: My agent hasn’t come to me with any sort of opportunity and I am in regular communication with Michael Preetz. I have a good relationship with him and it’s easy for us to talk about a lot of things, including things away from football. Neither side is pursuing anything with any other clubs. Therefore, I expect to start the season at Hertha BSC. I’ve developed really well here over the last few years and I feel at home. I want to prepare for the new season as best as I can over the coming weeks and get back to 100 percent as quickly as possible. I look forward to getting back out onto the training pitches with the rest of the boys.
... his summer break: I had the chance to switch off for a little bit and recover a bit, even if I didn’t have that much time. I spent a few days in Mykonos as well as a few days at home with my family. Henrik Kuchno also gave me the usual running program so it wasn’t all sitting around for me (laughs).