Johanna Elsig is one of only three players in the field of the German soccer team, which has not yet been used in the World Championships. The 27-year-old Turbine Center Potsdam speaks in an interview about the captain's thanksgiving and master's thesis on running the team.
The four World Cup matches are over, the knockout stage is in progress. Like Leonie Maier and Turid Knaak in the German team, they followed the entire 360 minutes of the bank. Do you have any hopes for the task before the quarter-finals against Sweden on Saturday (18.30 in live betting at F.A.Z. for the Women's World Championship in equilibreplus.com and DAZN)?
Hope dies the last known. But, of course, I have to be realistic. Marina Hegering and Sara Doorsou have played all the games, especially in my central defense, but it is also difficult to get short term. It's almost like the goalkeeper's position. But I'm prepared for something to happen and I need it. Of course, I do not want anyone to hurt.
Is that the curse of the position?
Of course, as an attacker you sometimes have a lot more chance on a short-term assignment because the coach wants to put a special emphasis. And with it brings a lower risk. In defense, coaches prefer to rely on consistency in the game. There is less room for experimentation.
Are you disappointed?
Of course I would be playing super happy. But from the start it is clear that not everyone can play 23 when you go to the World Cup. I was and I'm always aware of it. I'm just proud to be there. It prevails.
As the biggest player with the power of the header, do you have the quality that gives you hope for the mission?
Of course there may be a situation where this is exactly what is needed. For example, if we take Sweden 1-0 and try in the last few minutes with long, high balls. Or, if this is to be overcome in the extension, we need a goal and want to seek a standard decision.
You did not mention the possibility of backlogs. Is the confidence so big in the German team?
Yeah, we can have that. We know that we can improve playfully. But we won in all four games with goals 9: 0. That's a lot of talk. We have quality in the team.
Captain Alexandra Popp ran for the first World Cup in 4: 0 victory over South Africa to the bank to deliberately cheer the substitute players. How did you understand the action?
We had several interviews before the game, which clearly showed that players in the field appreciated being positively replaced by players from the outside. That is why Alex expressed her gratitude.
Are the substitute players a group in their own right?
No, the deputies are equally important. Only in substitute training the day after the match, where unused or short substitute players are charged, we are practically in the middle of us. But there are no differences.
In your master's thesis you have been dealing with the theme of running a team in women's and men's football, and you also talked to your national coach. Does this also apply to Martha Voss-Tecklenburg in solving the substitute players as they expected in their scientific knowledge?
Of course, dealing with substitute players in the work of the coaching team. Martina Voss-Tecklenburg is very open. Our coach gives us our gratitude, integrates us, but he also clearly pointed out from the start that everyone can not play on the World Cup.
Do you already have the result of your master's degree?
I gave them before preparing for the World Championship, five weeks ago. Usually it takes nine weeks. I hope I do not have to write again and get a good rating.