– Same to you. How would you rate this year for Bayern Munich?
– This season was not a good one for the club, especially as compared to last season. We didn`t win any trophies this year, although last year we won all the domestic silverware: the league, the German Cup, and the German Super Cup. Furthermore, we couldn`t overcome Inter in the Champions League, even though we had good chances to do so. Right now the most important thing is to get ready for next season in order to achieve more.
Can we say that for you personally this year in Bayern was better than last year?
–I played more matches for the club this year, although not always as a stopper – the position that I know the best and where I feel comfortable. But considering that the team didn`t achieve the results we wanted, I would say this season was unsuccessful for me too.
How do you view the fact that the team is fighting for 3rd place?
– Even when we were in fourth place, everyone knew we would make it to the Champions League. The results of the recent matches have changed the situation, and now we`re in third place, which gives us the right to play in the Champions League. Under the right circumstances – if we beat Stuttgart and Bayer loses in Freiburg – then we can get second place. Bayern isn`t the kind of club that is happy with third place, we always strive to for the best result.
What, in your opinion, is the main reason why Bayern isn`t fighting for first place this year?
– If you look hard enough you can find plenty of reasons. Last season was quite successful for our club, as well as for many players in our club who took part in the World Cup. Considering the additional playing time at the World Cup, they didn`t have the chance to recover after the end of the season, which had an effect on our play in the first matches of the season. We lost a lot of points at the beginning of the Bundesliga, and at a certain time we trailed by as many as 15 points, which makes it really hard to catch up.
What was the most memorable moment of this season for you?
– Our coach leaving.
Did you have a chance to talk with Pavel Pogrebnyak over the course of the season?
–Ya, we try to stay in touch, most often by SMS, and sometimes we call each other. If our two teams play each other than we can talk before and after the match. At the end of last season Bayern played two matches with Stuttgart – in the German Cup and the Bundesliga. And now Stuttgart is coming to play us at Alliance Arena, so we can meet again.