Brenet: "My goal is the national team"

Joshua Brenet, 24, signed for TSG in the summer after moving from PSV Eindhoven. The winger has been quick to establish himself in Hoffenheim and has already scored three goals in competitive matches. In an interview with, he speaks about the reasons behind the team's recent success, the time-off due to the international break and his potential return to the Dutch national team.

Joshua, TSG celebrated a run of four successive wins in the Bundesliga leading up to the international break. What were the reasons for this success?

''We had some really constructive discussions after the games that didn't go so well. We all got together and had a think about what it was that we had to improve on. That was an important step for us. We know what it is we have to do to be successful, and we were able to apply that once more. That was vital for our recent run of form.''

Looking at the league table, are you happy with sixth place?

''It could be better, we threw away too many points at the start of the season. We really should have won the games against Frankfurt and Dortmund for example. I think that overall we could have had about six more points than we currently do. Our recent run of form means that our points total is decent, but obviously we want to keep climbing up the table.''

"It's a big adjustment"

Were you glad that the international fixtures gave you a break, or would you have rather kept going?

''I always want to play. Plus I'd just notched three goals and an assist – I'm on top form and I would have loved to have just kept going. Coming here has been a real adjustment for me: in Eindhoven I used to play every game, but there's a lot of rotation here, so I don't really feel I needed the break and I would have gladly been out there playing competitive football.''

Other wingers at TSG such as Pavel Kaderabek, Steven Zuber and Nico Schulz all play for their national teams, while Vincenzo Grifo's impressive performances recently led to his first call-up. What would you say your ambition is?

''I made my debut for the Netherlands two years ago and of course playing for the national team is an objective of mine, international fixtures are always real high points. But right now I have to focus on performing consistently well for TSG. If I'm able to do that, then I think the national team will come soon enough. Although having a break and a few days off is helpful, I would rather be out there playing with the national team than sat at home. I'm working hard to achieve this goal and to have a successful season with TSG.''


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