The 27-year-old debuted for Germany in 2017, but an ACR injury pushed him aside of the football fields for many months, until now.
Marcel Halstenberg is a defender who debuted professionally in 2010 with Hannover II.
The then moved to Borussia Dortmund’s youth squad, only to have his best times with FC St. Pauli and RB Leipzig.
He only debuted in the German national team in 2017, and after that, he was out of play for many months because of an ACR injury.
Now his side is playing against Wolfsburg in the DFB Pokal.
“At the time, we hadn’t wished for a perfect day against Wolfsburg. Now, we’re playing at home, and we need to press our opponents and give them no time on the ball,” he told the DFB’s official website.
“We need to get the ball into their half as much as possible and get a quick opening goal. Wolfsburg are tough opponents, especially because they play tightly and are cohesive as a team.”
“We always have three to five lads taking penalties at the end of every training session, regardless of whether we’re training ahead of a Pokal match or not,” he commented.
“Before a cup game though, we might sometimes increase the number of people taking penalties. I can remember when we played a ten vs. ten match one time, before having a penalty shootout where each of us took five penalties.”
“We’ve become a lot closer as a team. We’re a good crowd with a lot of quality in our ranks. Ralf Rangnick has brought us together even more than before. We get on well both on and off the pitch,” he explained.
“As well as this, Ralf puts a lot of emphasis on everyone being able to understand each other in German. He’s always focussing on the smaller details. In past seasons, we had more freedom, to an extent.”
Perhaps the only way they were going to beat Esser today…
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