Stindl: “It was an absolute honour”
Captain Lars Stindl speaks in an interview about his feelings ahead of his final competitive game in a Borussia shirt and his connection with the club and the city of Mönchengladbach.
Lars, eight years at Borussia are coming to an end for you on Saturday. What is your frame of mind ahead of the game against Augsburg?
Stindl: Since I announced my decision that I was leaving Borussia at the end of the season, I have just been trying to enjoy every game and every training session and take it all in. Even if the situation at the moment isn’t easy, I am really looking forward to being able to contest a Bundesliga game at BORUSSIA-PARK with the boys on a Saturday afternoon one final time. I am trying to approach it with as little emotion as possible, even if I know that it might become emotional.
You are not only captain of the team but also for the fans, who have regularly shown their love for you in the stands. How has it felt to see their reaction after you announced you decision?
Stindl: It’s been really crazy. I have always felt good here at Borussia, it’s been a good fit since day one. The amount of positivity and love that I have received in the last few weeks is simply unbelievable. It makes me incredibly proud and is a really nice feeling. I’m pleased that the fans think so positively of me, that is something really special and is something that I personally place a lot of value on.
Borussia and the Lower Rhine have become a second home for you…
Stindl: Obviously you always know where you come from and where your home is, but Borussia has also become home for me and I feel completely at home in the Lower Rhine. I have felt totally at home here through all of my years here. The birth of my children here will always connect me with the area. I am also incredibly proud that I was also able to have such an amazing time here from the sporting side of things. I am proud to have been a part of this club and that I have been able to pay people back for some of the trust that has been placed in me.