After a rollercoaster first half of the season, Lars Stindl told bundesliga.com he hopes he and Borussia Mönchengladbach will have a successful but smoother second half of the season and earn themselves another UEFA Champions League berth.
bundesliga.com: Lars Stindl, looking back on 2015, how was the Hinrunde for you as a newcomer?
Lars Stindl: Obviously it was very turbulent. We started well in the DFB Cup against St. Pauli and then had problems in the league. After going the first five games without a win there was a change in coach and about 48 hours after that another game against Augsburg. That's when the penny dropped and we were able to start our comeback. We also played well enough in the DFB Cup and Champions League, and we were a bit unlucky to be knocked out. All things considered, I think it was a decent Hinrunde.
bundesliga.com: You mentioned the comeback. What was the secret to this run of form in the Bundesliga?
bundesliga.com: How much of the about-turn in form is down to Andre Schubert?
Stindl: He had a huge say - just like everyone else in the team. We got through the tough times together. The sporting director, the coaching team and the team - we all pulled through together. We often sat down together and talked. The coach pinpointed the right areas: Be more relaxed, but also be serious when necessary. Obviously that did us the world of good.
bundesliga.com: What's on the cards for the Rückrunde?
bundesliga.com: What lies ahead for you personally with Gladbach?
Stindl: Basically, I want us to sustain the performance levels we showed in the Hinrunde. Maybe we can give a bit more. I want to be part of the process that the team in going through. Then we'll see what the future holds.
bundesliga.com: You're still climbing the career ladder. Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl has already recommended you for the Germany national team. Can you see that happening?