Kaderabek: "I’m running, and running, and running"

Pavel Kaderabek’s start to life as a senior Czech Republic international couldn’t have gone much better. The recent break saw his country confirm their place at the 2016 European Championship in France. spoke to him about international duty, pressing and settling in.

Hello, Pavel. Congratulations on qualifying for EURO 2016. How did you celebrate?

Pavel Kaderabek: We didn’t party too much. We didn’t play until late in the evening so we just did a lot of celebrating on the pitch and in the changing room, just like after any win. We travelled straight to Prague after the game and I’m already back in Germany now. We still have two more qualifiers to come that we want to get positive results from.

Is it a dream come true to qualify for the EUROs?

Kaderabek: It’s a big dream come true for me. It’s my first year in the Czech Republic senior team. Qualifying is a surprise for our country. We’re second in our group behind Iceland, while both Turkey and the Netherlands are behind us. It’s a huge success for our nation.

League action returns on Sunday with a game against Bremen. What kind of match are you expecting when you come up against your international teammate Gebre Selassie?

Kaderabek: I’m excited to get back into it again. It’s been a long break. We have to win, that’s massively important for us. I’ve obviously spoken to Gebre about the game on Sunday. He’s looking forward to it, but we probably won’t come up against each other much. We both play in the same position after all. He already lost out to me in the national team though, because I was the one who played (grins).

What have you made of your first few Bundesliga games? Has it been nice for you despite the results?

Kaderabek: It’s very different to the Czech league. The games against Leverkusen and Bayern were a difficult starting point for me, but they were also good for me to get used to the high standard. It’s a great feeling playing in the Bundesliga.

TSG’s game requires the full backs to provide a lot of attacking impetus – does that style suit you?

Kaderabek: I like that style of football a lot. We play with a lot of pressing. It’s not all that easy for me because it’s not something I’m overly familiar with. We pressed for maybe ten minutes per game in the Czech Republic, but it’s often throughout the whole match here. When you play in my position, it means running, and running, and running.

You were beat after 20 minutes in your first games. How are you now? Have you gotten used to it?

Kaderabek: That was mainly after the first game in preseason. I was still getting used to the new playing style that we use here at TSG. I don’t have a problem with it anymore though. I feel good.

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