In the new KMD podcast, Matthias Ginter is our guest. Among other things, the defender talks about Gladbach’s fickleness, the “surreal” European Championship, a free kick – and about his expiring contract.
There were some who were astonished. In the 88th minute, Gladbach was awarded a free kick against Stuttgart last Saturday. But it wasn’t Florian Neuhaus, Jonas Hofmann or Patrick Herrmann who took the ball from 18 metres – it was Matthias Ginter.
“We haven’t scored that many free-kick goals yet,” says the Gladbach player in the latest edition of the KMD podcast with Alex Schlüter and Benni Zander. He also says that he practised a lot with the national team under the new and specially appointed standards coach Mads Buttgereit, “it didn’t go so badly there”. That’s why the defender said to himself: “Come on, it can’t be that difficult. But it’s not that easy either. The leather flew a metre over the goal.
Ginter’s surreal day – and a tricky situation
Logically, Ginter does not have the best memories of the past European Championship. There was “more in it”, especially since England “didn’t play the DFB team up against the wall” in the last 16. When he had to pack his bags the day after the 2-0 defeat, it was “surreal”. “It took two, three or four days to realise that the tournament was really over. Playing under a new national coach was also “very, very strange” at first, “because we all only had international matches under Jogi Löw – and now it’s just something different. But we are all happy and ready to take on something new.