After salvaging a point for FC Schalke 04 with his equaliser against FC Ingolstadt 04, Leroy Sane is already looking forward to next Sunday's clash against Borussia Dortmund - the first Revierderby of Sane's career.
Following Saturday's draw, the 19-year-old spoke to the assembled press about his team's difficulties against Ingolstadt, being Schalke's top scorer this season and how he has been gripped by total derby fever.
Question: Leroy Sane, how come Schalke could only draw this weekend?
Leroy Sane: We struggled in the first half, even though we did create a few chances. We lacked that extra will to win every tackle and go after the goals.
Question: Why was that the case?
Sane: We didn't underestimate Ingolstadt. We knew before the game that they are a very strong team. We were fully concentrated, but somehow it still just didn't click. We did a lot better in the second half, though.
Question: What did the coach say to the team at half time?
Sane: He said that we had to improve. That we had to start winning tackles and one-on-ones, and then our whole game would work better.
Question: You were the one who scored the equaliser...with your head!
Sane: It's true, I don't score that often with my head. It was my second headed goal, but heading still isn't one of my strengths. 'Choupo' [Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting] put in a very good cross, though, and it was clear that I had to go after it with my head. The ball went exactly where I wanted it to go, wrong-footing the goalkeeper.
'I get on well with Di Santo and Huntelaar'
Question: You are currently on a great scoring run for Schalke, while more experienced strikers like Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Franco Di Santo can't find the net. What's your relationship like with those two players?
Sane: Both of them congratulate me every time I score. They also help me a lot in training and give me lots of advice. I talk to them a lot, and ask a lot of questions. I get on really well with both of them. Every player has times when they don't score. But both of them are training really hard, and they're still scoring goals on the training pitch.
Question: You are currently Schalke's top scorer, with four goals in the league this season. Is that a burden?
Sane: I'm obviously very happy that I have scored four goals already. I don't see it as a burden, I see it more as a challenge. My goal is to score eight goals this season. That's what I said at the start of the season. I didn't want to set my aims too high. But so far, it's been going very well.
Question: How many goals can we expect from you in the derby in Dortmund on Sunday?
Sane: (laughs) I'll obviously try my best to score another goal. Maybe I can even get two for once. But it will definitely be a very, very difficult game against Dortmund.
'Form doesn't matter in the derby'
Question: It's the first time you will have played in the Revierderby. How do you feel ahead of the game?
Sane: I'm a bit nervous, but I'm obviously really looking forward to the game. It's one of the most important games of the season. And I am really fired up for the derby atmosphere!
Question: What do you hope to get out of the game? Dortmund are back in form at the moment, while Schalke are going through a difficult phase.
Sane: None of that matters in the derby. Every player is fired up, everyone wants to win at all costs. We have to compete from the start and then take our chances. Then we'll start playing better in general and winning games again.
Question: Despite the rivalry, are there Dortmund players from whom you can learn?
Sane: You can learn from many players, regardless of whether they play for your arch rivals or not. I can learn a lot from looking at the way Marco Reus plays, or the form Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in at the moment.
Dietmar Nolte reporting from Gelsenkirchen