Leandro Trossard (27) will be there for the first time at the World Cup this fall without any accidents. The Limburger is a duplication for Eden Hazard and was allowed to play for 25 minutes against Wales on Thursday. “It’s great to be part of the squad,” said the winger.
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“It’s great to be part of the roster. It’s a bit strange because it’s held in the fall, but I’m excited to go to my first World Cup. I think there are currently many countries with a chance of winning the tournament. Picking a favorite is difficult. I would say we might be outsiders.”
Trossard carefully answers the question whether Belgium has one of the strongest attacks of all participants. “If you look at Brazil, France, England or Germany… but of course you never know in a big tournament, it’s a snapshot. I think the country that gets its best form will win the World Cup. Hopefully everyone is fit and in good shape.”
New coach at Brighton
At club level, Trossard is currently doing well. Brighton started the season strongly and are currently fourth in the Premier League, just four points from a top three spot – and still have a make-up game to play. Trossard already had two goals and two assists, but after the international break he has to work with a new coach: Roberto De Zerbi. “I haven’t spoken to him yet. We’ll meet next week when I go back.” (Read more below the photo)
The Zerbi replaces Graham Potter, who in turn replaces Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea. “It all happened very quickly. Suddenly we heard that Tuchel had been fired and that Graham would take his place. It was a shock to us but we knew he could leave one day as he is a brilliant manager. In the beginning it was a bit strange, but with our new coach we have to move forward. I look forward to working with him.”
Trossard is optimistic about the season Brighton can have. “Of course we can still have a good season. Just because the coach leaves doesn’t mean the team won’t play as well. It may be different with our new manager, but it’s up to him to make sure we do well.”