Alexander Sörloth: ‘They used to say ‘get on the pitch, score a goal’ in Turkey’

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ALEXANDER SÖRLOTH HAS SPOKEN

Alexander Sörloth, who moved from Trabzonspor to RB Leipzig at the start of the season and became a star with 2 goals and 2 assists in the last 3 matches, spoke about his experiences and goals in Germany. These are the words of Sorloth…


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“A BIG STEP FROM TURKEY”

I was transferred to one of the best teams in Europe. Switching from Turkish football to German football was a big step. Now I’m starting to feel like I fit in with the team. The team is on the right track, I’m fine too, and that makes me happy.


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“NO TACTICS IN TURKEY”

There are not many tactics in Turkey so it was a big change for me. I was on the pitch in Turkey and the only tactical message I received was ‘Score a goal’, nothing more. He had a completely different style of football. As a footballer, and especially as a striker, it’s better not to think too much when you go out on the pitch. In the beginning, I thought a lot about how to play on the system. Now I have adapted and things have started to progress automatically. I also show it on the pitch.


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“THEY SEE ME AT TRAINING”

Of course, there is great support for me. Practice is important, my teammates can see how good I am. When they’re not giving their all in the game, they can see what they’re doing in training on a daily basis. I score a lot in training, I think that’s why they were patient with me. Gaining self-confidence and overcoming difficulties is in your hands.


The most important thing Nagelsmann has done for me is to be patient. Some coaches are really impatient when they don’t get it right from the start. He showed me great patience and when I realized that I started to play more comfortably. I was not as stressed as at the beginning.


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“I WANT TO PLAY IN THE TOP 11”

Right now I want to play regularly in the starting XI, that’s my first goal. Then I have to help the team with my goals and assists. I haven’t set a specific number, but I would like to score important goals like in the last matches.


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“NOT MUCH DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ENGLAND AND GERMANY”

In the Bundesliga there are teams that play at a high pace and like speed and counter-attack. There are teams in the Premier League who lean more and don’t put pressure on them. Only big teams press. More open games are played in Germany, and it’s more fun to watch. However, when you look at it, there are high levels in both leagues, there is no big difference.


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“ONE OF THE BEST LEAGUES”

The Bundesliga is one of the best leagues for an attacking player. Even if you play in a lower ranked team, you will have a lot of chances and you will have a chance to score goals and assists because it is an open league.


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“I TALKED WITH HAALAND”

I spoke with Haaland before coming to Leipzig. There were transfer allegations about me when I was together in the national team. I was watching his matches and I felt that the Bundesliga suited me really, really well. We talked about the transfer. He also showed that a striker can score a lot of goals in the Bundesliga.


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“WE GO TOGETHER WITH THE NATIONAL TEAM”

We are still in talks with Haaland, we welcome important goals. We will go to the national team together and we will have the opportunity to talk more.


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“6-7 YEARS AGO, THERE WAS NO BEST PLAYER”

Haaland is inspiring, showing that anything is possible. This shows the culture change in Norway. 6-7 years ago we didn’t have top level players. He and Odegaard have shown young Norwegians can do it. Those who worked with him saw that it was possible.


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“FOOTBALL, ICE SKING, HANDBALL”

I used to speed skate when I was little. I started playing football, ice skating and handball when I was 6 years old. I played ice skating until I was 13 and handball until I was 16. I was doing 3 workouts a day and it was tough, but it helped my development. It’s also good to be away from football sometimes.


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“I THINK I’M BETTER AT FOOTBALL”

From an early age, I thought football was the sport that suited me best. When I signed my first contract with Rosenborg, I also thought that I would fight for football. I also loved playing handball and I miss it. I would be good at handball, but I think my skills are better at football.


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“I DREAM THE CHAMPIONSHIP”

I dream of winning the Bundesliga championship. But I won’t let that get in the way of what we need to do. I watch the game game by game and I want to be an important player, score goals and make assists. I think it’s more important to set short, short goals.


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“HE ONLY KNOWS LEWA’S SECRET”

I think only he knows Lewandowski’s secret. As seen from the outside, he is always hungry and never satisfied. Some players get a bit choked in the next game when they get a hat trick, but he’s still chasing goals. That’s what you can ask of a striker.


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“I FOLLOW LEWANDOWSKI”

When I watch Bayern Munich games, I always follow Lewandowski’s movements. He gets rid of defenders very well. He has small movements but surprises the defender. I try to reflect what he did in my game.


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