German goalkeeper Marc Ziegler, who set a new national record for minutes without conceding a goal, speaks to uefa.com.
The former VfB Stuttgart goalkeeper was unbeaten for 1007 minutes and came close to beating the European record. Indeed, this season he has conceded just one goal in 16 Max Bundesliga games for league leaders FC Tirol Innsbruck, having joined the club in the summer.
uefa.com Magazine: You came to Innsbruck this summer after having experienced sudden success with Stuttgart only to then lose your place in the first team. How do you like it here at Tirol?
Marc Ziegler: Yes, indeed, my girlfriend and I had a hard time in the final few months at Stuttgart and decided to simply risk moving on to Innsbruck. But everything worked out just great here in Austria. We enjoy being here and I am very happy.
uefa.com Magazine: How do you assess Tirol’s season so far?
Marc Ziegler: The season started very badly for us. We were that close to getting into the UEFA Champions League and then got kicked out so unfortunately. It would have been fabulous for the club to rub shoulders with Europe's elite, but life must go on now.
uefa.com Magazine: Tirol are ten points clear at the top of the Austrian league with 13 wins and three draws in 16 games. Why are you are so successful domestically?
Marc Ziegler: Well, our team spirit is just great. We are well on the way to prove that we should be involved in the Champions League. We belong there.
uefa.com Magazine: You came very close to beating Chris Woods’ international record of not conceding goals against you after remaining unbeaten for 13 matches in a row. Are you upset that you just failed to set a new record mark?
Marc Ziegler: No, not really. It would have been great if I had achieved it. But there are more important things. First of all, we have to be successful with the team. And then I can focus on individual success.
uefa.com Magazine: You did set a new German record, which attracted a lot of attention in the German media. That must satisfy you after your Stuttgart experience?
Marc Ziegler: Of course. It is good to know that your home country and all the football fans have not forgotten about you. I was glad that the German media reported something positive about me.
uefa.com Magazine: What are your memories about Stuttgart? Are they good or do you prefer not to remember that time?
Marc Ziegler: The positive things about Stuttgart still outweigh the negative. After all what happened, I still keep in mind that VfB Stuttgart is the club where I became a professional footballer. They educated me and I must be thankful for that.
uefa.com Magazine: Carsten Jancker, Oliver Bierhoff, Olaf Marschall - three German players who reached international class in the Austrian league. Could Marc Ziegler be the next one?
Marc Ziegler: I hope so. But they all were forwards, I am a goalkeeper. I do not want to put too high expectations on myself. We will see what the future brings.
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