Exclusive - Michael Bradley: Every Game Is Like A War

Prior to the derby with Koeln on Saturday, Goal.com secured an exclusive interview with Moenchengladbach’s American star Michael Bradley.
In the summer US international Michael Bradley moved from Heerenveen in the Netherlands to Borussia Moenchengladbach in the Bundesliga. 

The Rhein club haven’t been enjoying the best of seasons, but their 4-1 win over Hamburg last week has awoken the belief that they can stay in the top flight despite their recent struggles.

Gladbach want to continue that upwards trend in their weekend derby with 1.FC Koeln.

Goal.com: Mr. Bradley, how is it going with the German language?

Michael Bradley: I am learning German. I can already speak Dutch so it makes it easier for me. In the first months I had a German teacher at the club, but now I don’t really have the time for that. 

Goal.com: The fact that you don’t have much time has got something to do with the fact that Gladbach are in the middle of preparing for the derby with Koeln. What significance does the game have for you?

Michael Bradley: The team knows how important the game is for the club and for the fans. Every game in the Bundesliga is difficult and like a war. We have to be hungry in Koeln if we want to get a good result. 

Goal.com: So what would be a good result?

Michael Bradley: A victory, of course! But it could be that the game develops so that you think that a point wouldn’t be a bad result. 

Goal.com: Who has told you of the particular meaning of the duel with Koeln for Gladbach?

Michael Bradley: You get it from everyone you speak to. It is one of those games that you look forward to all year. 

Goal.com: On Koeln’s side they have a fellow North American in Kevin McKenna. Do you know him?

Michael Bradley: Yes. He is a good player and a nice bloke. But when the whistle goes on Saturday, that counts for nothing though.

Goal.com: You come across as very serious and very professional. The move from Heerenveen to Gladbach was a step forward in your career  Do you have plans for the next few years in your footballing career?

Michael Bradley: First of all, I don’t want to describe myself or make judgments. And apart from that, I don’t have a big plan and don’t look that far into the future. I’m just concerned with training or the next game in which I’ll give 100% and everything for the team. 

Everything above that doesn’t interest me. If you start to have such thoughts, it serves no purpose. But if you make the right impression on the pitch, then the right people at the right clubs will notice you.        

Interview: Daniel Buse
Translation: Mathew Burt

In the second part of this exclusive Goal.com interview with Moenchengladbach’s Michael Bradley, the US international talks about the Dutch first division, World Cup qualification, and Landon Donovan.