- Thorgan Hazard has scored three and assisted two in 2016.
- Borussia Mönchengladbach are yet to win away from home since October.
- Hazard says Gladbach cannot afford to underestimate bottom club Hannover 96.
Thorgan Hazard has enjoyed an excellent 2016, with three goals and two assists since the turn of the year. Borussia Mönchengladbach have yet to win away from home in 2016, though, something Hazard wants to rectify ahead of Friday evening's clash with Hannover 96.
bundesliga.com: Thorgan Hazard, Borussia Mönchengladbach's home form has been impressive, but away from home you have dropped many points. How do you explain this discrepancy?
Thorgan Hazard: Of course, one could say that home games are always easier to play than away games. At home you know every blade of grass, and the support of the fans is fantastic. But that alone cannot and must not be the reason that we are so far away from winning away from home. We were certainly unlucky in Wolfsburg and Schalke, at the bare minimum we should have picked up a point. Instead we were empty-handed each time. That leaves a bitter taste. As for the past weekend, we knew it would be very difficult in Ingolstadt. This is a team that plays with a lot of aggression, and I mean that in a positive way.
bundesliga.com: Gladbach travel to Hannover on Friday night. What do you expect from the game?
Hazard: It would be wrong to underestimate Hannover, even if it is nearly impossible for them to stay in the Bundesliga. We saw last weekend in Berlin that their change in coach has given the players a new self-confidence. Therefore, I am convinced that Hannover is a difficult task. Nevertheless, the fact is that we want to win there. There are five games left to play and only two of them are at home. Therefore, we need away points.
bundesliga.com: The next two away games after the Hannover game are against FC Bayern München and SV Darmstadt 98 - two different, yet difficult tasks. Is UEFA Champions League qualification still realistic for Gladbach?
Hazard: Definitely. I think we still have our fate in our own hands. For example, Leverkusen still have to play Schalke and then compete with us on the penultimate matchday. We only need one win to draw level with them. We need those points now, against Hannover and then Hoffenheim.
bundesliga.com: You have enjoyed an excellent Rückrunde having been used often as a substitute in the Hinrunde. What has changed?
Hazard: I simply play more often and for longer (laughs). In the first half of the season, the team performed excellently, so for us the rule was: "never change a winning team". This made it difficult for me to get to minutes, and if you only play for ten or even five minutes you can hardly show the coach why he should change things for the next game. After, we had big injury problems, so the coach had to plan differently. Before the game against Bremen (a 5-0 win on Matchday 29), he (Andre Schubert) told me that I had trained very well and that he wanted to see me play. I played a good game and ever since I have been in the team. Now I hope this will continue.
bundesliga.com: What happens to a professional who knows that he is a very good player, but sees his form over weeks or months, for whatever reason, hard to find?
Hazard: I'm not somebody who would doubt my ability. Rather, I try in every training session to work very hard and to prove to the coach that he can count on me. If the reasons are that the team is on a winning streak and the coach does not want to change the team, I can accept that.