Mönchengladbach – That Josip Drmic has some big boots to fill at Borussia Mönchengladbach is no secret: he was brought in to replace the departed Max Kruse, who hit double figures in each of his two seasons with the Foals. A similar return is expected of the one time1. FC Nürnberg and Bayer 04 Leverkusen forward, of whom his former Nürnberg coach Gertjan Verbeek once said he would "win the Golden Boot one year".
In an exclusive interview with bundesliga.com, the Swiss forward spoke about settling into his new surroundings and his expectations for the year ahead, including the chance to strut his stuff in the UEFA Champions League.
bundesliga.com: Josip Drmic, you've been a Borussia player for three and a half weeks now. How do you feel you have settled in?
Josip Drmic: My very first impression was very positive. I was given a really warm welcome and straight away everybody gave me the feeling they were pleased to have me here. We've also been training a lot with the ball so far and that suits me too. I love training with these lads. They're all really good footballers so I can definitely say I'm delighted to be here.
bundesliga.com: Were you spared the traditional ritual of having to sing in front of the rest of the team on your first day?
Drmic: Unfortunately not (smiles). I had to stand on a chair after our evening meal and sing in front of everybody, which I've got to say is not really one of my strengths and I wasn't feeling all that great about it (smiles). I made it more bearable by choosing a Croatian song, so if I made any mistakes nobody would notice. It's a good job too because I made a few mistakes (smiles), but it went down pretty well.