- Badstuber faced parent club Bayern on Matchday 19.
- On loan at Schalke until the end of the season.
- "Special" game ended one apiece.
You could not have written the script for Holger Badstuber. After joining FC Schalke 04 on a six-month loan deal from FC Bayern München in January, the 27-year-old defender made his Bundesliga debut in a royal-blue jersey against none other than his parent club.
Lasting almost an hour, Badstuber epitomised his temporary employer's robust efforts in the 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena - his first Bundesliga start since 6 February 2016 no less.
Following four injury-ravaged years at Bayern, attentions have now turned to re-establishing himself on the Bundesliga scene with Schalke.
Question: How did the game play out in your mind beforehand?
Holger Badstuber: It was special and an unfamiliar situation for me. I tried not to think about it too much so that I could focus on myself and the team, and deliver a good performance. I think it went really well for us. At the end of the day, it's only a football match. I want to play and always be in a position to do so. It's step-by-step for me after that.
Question: How did you react when the coach told you you'd be making your first Bundesliga appearance for Schalke against Bayern?
Badstuber: These things can go belly-up, but it went pretty well. In the end, though, I'm not happy with the draw because we could have won.
Question: Were you surprised how well it went for you personally and for the team?
Badstuber: Personally? No, because I know what I'm capable of and I believe in myself. I'm not surprised from the team perspective either because we had a good week in training. I could see we wanted to change and we showed that. With a bit of luck, we could have taken the lead in the first half, but we can return home feeling positive after the draw. We showed that we can be brave and get stuck in. That's the right way to play here in Munich. The result is proof of that.
Question: How did you see the build up to Robert Lewandowski's goal?
Badstuber: It was unlucky. I saw Arjen Robben's pass, but then it was give-and-go stuff. They moved the ball well and with pace after that - I couldn't get to it. But we reacted well. Bayern didn't have many clear-cut chances.
Question: You were still at Bayern going into the winter break. Why is it not going as well as expected for them at the moment?
Badstuber: I can't say because I'm not training there every day. Right now, they're not my team. We all know the quality Bayern have. They have some pivotal weeks ahead of them, and I wish them all the best.
Watch: Schalke goalscorer Naldo on the draw with Bayern:
Question: Why were you replaced in the 59th minute?
Badstuber: It was my first game, and against Bayern at that so you really have to run hard and get stuck in. We've got a lot of games coming up and I don't want to take any risks. I felt something, but it was nothing. I'm good to go again in the coming days.
Question: Did the applause you received from the 75,000 fans when you went off give you goosebumps?
Badstuber: Obviously the love the fans have shown me in the past and today is nice. I don't expect it. I was very happy. It was a nice result for all concerned.
Question: You patted your chest in response…
Badstuber: The Bayern fans applauded me, and I know all about the rivalry. It was really special for me. It wasn't about the clubs, but rather the gesture made by the fans. I wanted to reciprocate.