Demba Ba Gives Exclusive Interview In Germany
With over 5,000 tickets sold in advance it looks like being a big occasion for the host club and the Chemnitzer FC Official Website spoke to Demba beforehand.
What do you think are the biggest differences between the Bundesliga and the English Premier League?
The Premier League does not differ too much from the Bundesliga. Perhaps the pace and physical play in England are a bit higher but otherwise, both leagues have much in common. I think the English teams have stronger depth and the Premier League can attract even more international talent such as Sergio Aguero.
How easy was the switch to the game in England?
The change was actually pretty easy. Since I have no problems with the English language, I was able to settle well and get to know my teammates better than if there had been a language problem. Plus as I already mentioned, the football in England doesn’t differs so much from the game in Germany, so I had no major adjustment problems.
What are your personal goals for the coming season with Newcastle United?
Of course we want to build on such a great season as last year and finish at least as high in the table if possible, though we know that that is very difficult. That is the challenge but we are looking forward to it. At the start of the season we play Tottenham and Chelsea, which is really hard, but we are looking forward to these meetings because our aim is to compete with the best teams.
What are your impressions of the first season with Newcastle ?
I had a good time at West Ham but I was bitterly disappointed with relegation. After my move to Newcastle, I needed a little time to adjust but then I settled myself, found my rhythm and got on better and better with the team. I was always sure that I would score goals but another important aspect of my game is to create chances for others. Football is a team sport and on the pitch we are all in it together and help each other.
How would you describe the fan culture in Germany compared to England?
The fans in both countries have similarities. They know what good football is and support their team with passion and noise. For a footballer that is the greatest!
Do you still have contact with your former club and the fans in Germany?
Yes and it’s nice to get back to Germany, I had a great time and made many good friends. The game in Chemnitz is our first pre-season friendly match and a very important part of our preparation for the new season. The time before the start of the season is always tough, and you have to work extremely hard, but that is what being a professional is all about and therefore we cannot complain.
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