“Minor matter”: Burkardt applies to national coach Flick

Mainz striker Jonathan Burkardt had a perfect day in the 4-1 win over FC Augsburg. National coach Hansi Flick watches. His trainer is impressed.


Mainz (AP) – Jonathan Burkardt’s two goals weren’t that important to his coach. Mainz head coach Bo Svensson was more impressed than his 21-year-old storm talent ever gave up.

Burkardt was seriously injured at the age of 17 and had problems connecting with professionals, Svensson said in sports studio ZDF. “This resistance has made him better and will make him better. That’s the key for the young player we’re talking about in these high tones. “

In front of national coach Hansi Flick, Burkhardt scored the first brace for FSV Mainz 05 in Friday’s game against FC Augsburg (4: 1). “It’s a nice minor deal, it’s more important to me that we won,” Burkardt said when asked about Flick’s surprising presence.

Burkardt remains cautious

“Great. The boy is doing very well. That’s one to watch in the near future,” said strike partner Karim Onisiwo. Burkardt, who played his 50th Bundesliga game and made his Oberhaus debut against FC Augsburg in September 2018, is going through the ups and downs of starting a professional career – and has shown diplomatic restraint. “It was a very nice day and a great night of football for the whole team,” said the native of Darmstadt, whom everyone calls “Jonny.” “Personally, I was also happy with my performance, but it can be much better.”

With the U21 national team, the banker’s son became European champion and in the meantime became their captain. “It helps me tremendously in personal development, to be responsible in a team,” said Burkardt. “I think it will take me further on a human level,” said the hopeful storm talent.

Heidel: “What he saw was good”

He also developed more in terms of football. “Back then, I was dribbling a lot more often and playing hara-kiri,” said Burkardt. “Today I am a little more mature.” In order to increase his popularity, the football field is his only scene: he avoids social networks like Facebook or Twitter because he “does not want to immerse himself in this illusory world”.

That he can go far and get into the national team in the real world is not impossible. Mainz sporting director Christian Heidel played down Flick’s visit (“He doesn’t live far away and it’s a Friday game”), but also said: “Of course he saw it and this that he saw was good. “

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