|Org||xxxx National Team|
|Club as Player||Leicester City|
2016 04 09 Retrieve
[Leicester City defender Christian Fuchs on his aspirations to one day make a move from football to…football] I have this ambition to be an NFL kicker. If NFL managers want a footballer in their team, I know I can kick a 60-yard field goal. Let’s see, if you don’t dream you won’t achieve anything
2016 05 07 Retrieve
[Leicester City defender Christian Fuchs on Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard’s equalising goal against Tottenham Hotspur which sealed the English Premier League title for the Foxes] I could kiss him. I could really kiss his feet
2016 06 18 Retrieve
[Austria captain Christian Fuchs on the prospect of going up against Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal on Saturday at UEFA EURO 2016] I know him, I had a few games against him with Schalke a few years back. You can never really defend him for the whole game. You have to defend him as a team. You have to avoid one-v-ones and get two-v-ones or more players. Then there is the problem that you might forget the other players around him. This team is not just Cristiano Ronaldo
2016 10 29 Retrieve
[Christian Fuchs writes about his experience winning the Premier League title] Most of that night was a blur of emotion, but I remember one moment so clearly. I will never forget it. When I was leaving my house to go to the party, I turned to my wife in the kitchen and said. … I’m getting goosebumps just remembering it. I turned to my wife and said, ‘I’ll be coming home tonight as a Premier League champion’. I kept screaming for 20 more minutes. The boys were going crazy. Then in the 83rd minute … Eden Hazard. Eden Hazard: Wow. Thank you, man. I’ve been watching football since I was six years old. I have never seen a more beautiful goal. When Hazard curled that ball into the top right corner, I couldn’t believe it. It was an impossible strike. Two weeks later, when we played Chelsea in the final match of the season, I walked up to Hazard after the final whistle and said, ‘May I kiss your feet, sir?’ He laughed
2019 05 09 Retrieve
[Christian Fuchs reveals reasons for Leicester City u-turn] I’m very happy to be here for another year. I know I’ve expressed my wish to go to America several times, but you know what? Everything we have experienced in these last couple of years, with all the ups and downs … all the way up, all the way down, it just brings us together. Not only the players, but the staff, the coaching staff (and) the manager… we’re much closer together. I didn’t want to miss out on that yet!
Also with Brendan coming in and expressing his satisfaction with me and saying that he wants to keep working with me obviously meant a lot to me as well. I can tell that, even though I’m already one of the older ones, I can still learn from him and that’s something that I don’t want to miss out (on).
It’s special, very special. Not only the reaction after it was announced, but also before…the people were sending me letters, pushing me to sign for another year!
It clearly wasn’t their decision, but it’s nice to see the support. Also with the goal of the season award that I got (from) the supporters…as a defender, it means a lot to see how appreciated I am.
I’m not in the same position anymore, but I understand that Chilly (Chilwell) is playing a really good season, that he’s the future of Leicester, and that’s also where I see my role
That’s what Brendan expressed, that whenever there’s a need I’ll be there. I’ll be here to support the team as much as a I can and support Chilly in his development as well. I can’t tell you how happy that I am that I have another year here
[Winning the title] has a lasting effect on the club because it is building step-by-step. Every year it’s getting better, and I think there’s a really good opportunity to challenge. The way we’ve played lately, the character that we’ve shown, and also the good football that we’ve played - against bigger teams as well - that shows there’s real potential. If we can nurture that and have a good pre-season now to the upcoming year, I think there’s a lot possible
2019 10 27 Retrieve
[Christian Fuchs compares current Leicester City side with title-winning team] It’s the mentality Brendan gives us - we want to go in every day and work. No one is letting anyone down. Everyone is extremely happy. We want to be successful. It was very important he had a pre-season with us. You could see last season that our game improved a lot
Where we are right now, our game is on a different level to when we won the Premier Leauge. It’s two different teams. This one is built on possession. When we won the Premier League, I think we had 25 per cent possession. It’s crazy. Brendan is right up there as a manager. He wants us to understand why we are doing certain things on the field.
You see the effects of the learning process. The way we are playing I think is impressive. Man management is a big thing. A modern manager should know how to deal with his players. My contract was over. He told me he wanted me in the squad. It’s a great feeling. It gives you confidence
2019 11 27 Retrieve
[Christian Fuchs reveals x-factor common to 2019-20 Foxes and title heroes] The run itself is very similar but it is early doors. There are so many more difficult games ahead. It feels very similar [to 2015-16] but it is a completely different set-up. I think what is very similar is the humbleness. We just take it game by game. That is always the secret. You don’t think ahead. That doesn’t help you anyway. We just take it game by game and try to do our best. I have no clue about what is in the media. We don’t read them. It doesn’t affect us
The fans are allowed to dream. They give us great support, especially at the King Power Stadium. It is an amazing place to play our home games at but also away as well, they have been tremendous. They are always allowed to dream. They dreamed in 2015-16 when we went on that great run, but for us internally whatever happens outside the squad and the training ground doesn’t affect us at all
2020 01 10 Retrieve
[Leicester City defender Christian Fuchs is expecting a much tougher task against Southampton this time around] They’re a good squad. My fellow Austrian (Hasenhuttl) is doing really well. It was simply a game that probably happens once in a decade. To go away and win 9-0, nobody ever expected that and nobody will expect that ever to be repeated any time soon
There, we showed all the qualities that we have and that we continued to show in the games which followed. Everybody knows that it was a one-off. It doesn’t really reflect the quality of Southampton. They’re a much better side than what the result shows and we’re aware of that. The second we rely on ‘okay we won there 9-0 and it’s going to be easy’ then we’ll be on the wrong path and obviously Brendan [Rodgers] will never let that happen
2020 04 01 Retrieve
[Christian Fuchs says Premier League season has to be finished] Whatever the decision, it will be probably justified so there will be no questions asked and everyone will have to accept it. Of course, it would be great, having nine or 10 games left to play, to finish the season in some kind of way. Otherwise, I think football would then suffer next year and the year to follow because there’s a lot of work to be done to get this time back. You see the Euros is cancelled which is crazy and that has never happened before. So, it would be great at least to finish the season and give everyone a fair chance to get what they deserve whether it be winning the Premier League, the Champions League or fighting against relegation. I think it is necessary to finish the season no matter when it is. I do my home runs and home workout that’s nothing different from what we normally do during an international break. It is just a little longer, which is the weird thing about it. I have it in my mind that I could be called back at any time in the near future. That’s why you have to stay fit, do you work and be prepared for whenever the season starts again
It is a very difficult situation and I am in talks with Leicester on how to deal with that. The time to restart the season is supposed to be April 30 but with all this development going on worldwide, I don’t think it will go ahead, we will see
Since there has been no precise time for the season to continue for certain, you end up in a cloud of doubt. I am very sure Leicester will do the right thing for any player in a similar situation to what I am. They will handle it the right way with me. I have been here for five years and we have gone through a lot of highs and lows. The past has shown me that Leicester is not dropping any player just like that. They take care of their players who have been good servants to the club. It means a lot to me that Brendan Rodgers is keen on keeping me for another season and maybe even longer. He has given me a lot of game time which shows that he trusts me. The feedback has been good from the manager and coaches. I want to pay it back with good performances. I am pretty relaxed even if we can’t be too relaxed about this stressful period that everyone is going through at the moment.
That’s kind of boring but there’s a lot of football going on over here with my academy. We are trying to keep the kids busy through online training, which includes Instagram lives for 30-40 minutes a time. Like myself, I think you can use the time to improve your weaknesses even in isolation. The academy started five years ago in New York with a one-week training summer camp from a gut feeling that I wasn’t happy with the training at all these other academies that I signed my son up for. My interests come most of the time from our kids. In eSports, we are hosting tournaments throughout the whole of April and May. However long it lasts, to simply also have people do something from home. We are doing online tournaments on Fifa and we are starting in other titles. We are doing our own FIifa tournament and this is ongoing on a weekly basis and we have tournaments in the US and UK with over 200 people signed up
2020 04 01b Retrieve
[Christian Fuchs has revealed that Raul is the only player to leave him starstruck] I still show the players at Leicester videos of Raul from when I played with him. He was unbelievable. He was not only a good footballer, he was a gentleman and he was one of the nicest players that I lined up with. It was simply a dream come true because he was one of the players, that when I was growing up, [I] used to watch as one of the biggest stars. Suddenly, you have the opportunity to play with him, to serve the ball to him to score. I think that was the first and last time I was starstruck in football. This person you admired for years before and now you are in the same changing room as him. Give me a break, how much better can it get? So, of course, that was my first impression. You chat, deal with it better as the days and weeks go on. He was definitely one of the best players that I have played with so I am proud, honoured and happy to have had this experience
In terms of skills, I would say there were two players that stood out and they were Julian Draxler and Leroy Sane. They were back then teenagers and when I left, I remember it as it was yesterday. The last words I said to Leroy Sane was to keep working hard and in one or two years you will be at a top club. That’s literally what happened. He is still young and had injuries this season, but there is a lot more to come from him. With the quality he has, he will make his way
Well my most difficult opponent was Arjen Robben. He is horrible. He was the worst player to play against. The reason is everyone knows what he is doing but no one knows when he is doing it. The second he decides to get on his bike and cut inside, he is simply too quick over the first two or three yards and then you know what happens. He was definitely the most difficult to play against. The best opponent that I have faced in the Premier League so far was probably Eden Hazard. He was very good. This season it has been hard to pick a similar player because we have been dominant in many matches. However, this season the best player that I have faced is Riyad Mahrez
I don’t like it when players make a decision and go back on it right away. This is an example of that. I retired from the national team and then go back two weeks later. I couldn’t identify myself with a mentality like that. Everyone who knows me knows that if I say something, I stick to it and I keep my promise. Me retiring is a promise that I made and I will stick to it
2020 04 02 Retrieve
[Christian Fuchs believes that Leicester City team-mate Ben Chilwell is destined to become one of the best left-backs in the Premier League] He has definitely improved. He is still a young player who is playing at a very high level. He has a good amount of England caps already, which just shows his ability. At an early age like that, to play for the national team for that amount of games is really good. As a young player, I have been in that situation: you still find yourself learning a lot from games and facing other teams. So, he is in a good place and I think he will be one of the top left-backs in England for years to come. The good thing for him is that, at 23, he is still young, with a lot of potential to improve in the future
I think it is just a question of a lack of confidence for him at the moment. The way I experience him in training, I know he can dribble past four or five players no problem. He can fall on the floor and still keep going. It is unbelievable. I think if he gets a self-confidence injection, then he would have a lot of potential moving forward
[Ahead of the stoppage in play caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, Leicester were in third place in the Premier League] It is definitely something that we are capable of and where we want to be, 100 per cent. Our position in the league is down to the great work that we have done throughout the season. You already saw at the end of last season that something was developing with Brendan Rodgers’ appointment. We had a great pre-season and he was really able to talk to us, spend time with us and implement his philosophy. This is where we are right now. Unfortunately, this break happened but you have to accept it. It is not going to slow us down, though. You have to focus on when we come back together again. We will come back and we might even come back stronger. We are in a good position in third spot, it is a great achievement for the club already but it is definitely not something to just rest on and be happy with. We want to move on, get better and maybe even improve next season
2020 04 15 Retrieve
[Christian Fuchs says he is still debating whether to leave Leicester for the U.S. in an effort to move closer to his family] I actually wanted to move to my family in the United States last summer, but because of Brendan Rodgers, I extended until the summer of 2020. I don’t yet know what will happen next. It is a difficult decision because in Leicester it is fun, on the one hand, but, on the other hand, it hurts to miss so many important moments in the development of my children
Even though I have been in the game for a long time, I noticed under Brendan Rodgers how much I can still learn as a footballer. Brendan is a phenomenal coach, both tactically and in terms of team leadership. Tactically, he quickly changed us from a counter to a possession team. He only took over last spring, but we are already playing a completely different kind of football that both players and fans really like. I could never have imagined that this could happen so quickly. From the beginning, all the players stood behind him and his ideas and this is due to his excellent man-management. He pays incredibly good attention to everyone’s needs