National team player Manuel Akanji gives thought to the riots in Washington. He also talks about ex-trainer Lucien Favre and being a dad.
Defender Manuel Akanji scores an unusually high number of goals.
The BVB star is appalled by the Trump supporters in the Capitol.
He also explains why his son has the same name as his teammate Jadon Sancho.
Manuel Akanji doesn’t score often. Last week, however, the Swiss international scored a 1-0 lead against Wolfsburg – his eleventh professional goal ever, the second this season. In an interview with “Sport1” the 25-year-old talks about his high performance: “I have the feeling that I am in a flow. Strikers may be able to explain that better. At the moment I seem to feel or know where to stand when the ball comes. “
Akanji also comments on the following points:
Riot in the Capitol
“It is incredible how far such extremists have come in the age of democracy. What if “the black one” climbed over the fence and stormed the Capitol. I don’t even want to imagine that. After all, in the past people in the USA were shot dead or victims of police violence for much less. That makes you think. “
Fight against racism
“We learned early on in our family that we stand up for things that we consider right and important. I am very proud that we are doing this. We will keep that. “
Situation at BVB
«We left too many points in the first half of the season. From now on, if we want to achieve our goals, we can no longer afford that. I don’t want to ask the question of will. When I look into the eyes of my teammates before the game, I see their full motivation. In the game, however, it often doesn’t work. Of course, we also made tactical mistakes, and the burden of the many games within a very short time is higher than in years without a pandemic. “
Separation from Lucien Favre
«He did an excellent job. We finished second under him twice. He helped me a lot personally and gave me a lot of playing time, and I’m grateful for that. The decision was certainly not an easy one for the board of directors. The successor with Edin, I believe, had been certain for a long time. “
RB Leipzig’s podium shaking
«To be honest, I still don’t think Leipzig has the right to claim the place as the second force behind Bavaria. In almost three years with Dortmund, I’ve never lost to Leipzig. We have proven over the years that we are number two behind Bayern. We want to underpin that with a win at the weekend. “
“When I come home from training or games, I now completely switch off. I don’t ponder anymore. I look into my son’s eyes and immediately forget everything around them. The little one really distracts you. I really enjoy the time with him and my wife. “
Jadon Sancho’s influence on naming
«My son’s full name is Aayden Malik Adebayo Akanji. Jadon (with full name Jadon Malik Sancho, Red.) Actually plays a role in this. Before the birth, I asked him if it was okay for me to baptize my son like this. Obafemi, my middle name, means something like “loved by the king” in African. Malik comes from Arabic and means king. I found this connection beautiful. So a year ago at the training camp in Marbella I asked Jadon if that was okay. “