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Wide player Philipp Treu has had some eventful weeks recently, scoring the winner in the 2-1 defeat of Karlsruhe and then putting in two impressive starting performances in the cup against Schalke and away at SV Elversberg. On Tuesday, the Heidelberg-born player took questions from the media.

Philipp Treu on…

... his recent starts: “I think I’d done well in the preceding weeks. I got lots of positive feedback from the coach, the staff and my teammates, who told me I was doing a good job and should keep it up and then my chance would come. It was cool to start against Schalke in the cup. Beginning the game did me so much good. We play complex football and getting minutes on the pitch helps you get used to the movement patterns. It gives me assurance in my positional play.“

... his stoppage-time goal against KSC: “I think I read somewhere that it was my first attempt on goal in the second division. That the ball went in like that was simply amazing, of course. It was my first goal as a professional, though I did score a few as a youth player. I think I need to go for goal more often so I can score again.“

... the competition on the flanks: “I’m aware of the competition for places at FC St. Pauli. We have a fantastic squad. I knew that and I accepted the challenge. I always try to do my best to show what I can do in the long run. I feel very comfortable on the left as well. I’m able to move into the middle from that side, which makes me harder to predict for the opposition, as you saw at times in recent games. It’s a strength I can exploit. We had lots of good conversations beforehand where I was told that my versatility was appreciated and I’d be used persistently down the flanks. That impressed me. I’m a fighter. I left home at an early age, which was a challenge. I found lots of things difficult at the beginning, but I always had a clear objective and that was to turn professional. I stuck to it religiously and gave it all I had. I obviously want to play all the time, but I also know it’s hard work.“

... getting used to the Hürzeler system: “We play complex football, which is new for me, too, of course. You can’t learn and assimilate things like that in a short pre-season. The others were ahead of me in that respect because they’ve known Fabian a bit longer, so it took me a while. But I speak to him regularly and use the individual analyses to keep improving.“

Philipp Treu is mobbed after scoring the winner in the 2-1 defeat of Karlsruhe

Philipp Treu is mobbed after scoring the winner in the 2-1 defeat of Karlsruhe

... stepping up to the second division from tier 3: “The step-up from the [fourth-tier] Regionalliga to the Third was amazing in terms of being able to develop as a player. It’s a great league, but a tough one. I had two wonderful years at Freiburg there, after which I felt ready for Bundesliga 2. I’m tackling this challenge now. The second division has enormous quality and I’m really up for it.“

... the forthcoming visit of Hannover 96: “I saw Hannover in the derby [against Braunschweig] and they went into the game with enormous playing quality. They have several high-calibre players in their starting lineup. In Marcel Halstenberg they have someone who has played in the Champions League. They have real quality up front and it’s going to be really tough, but we’re obviously going to try to win at home.“

... DFB Cup opponents FC 08 Homburg: “The third round of the cup is awesome, of course. I know Homburg from my time in the fourth tier. In Darmstadt and Fürth, they’ve beaten a Bundesliga team and an established second-division side. They’re extremely tough opponents but we’re looking forward to it.“


Photos: FC St. Pauli/Witters