DFB – Psychological confession from the national team star: “I often cried in the toilet alone” – Bundesliga

Gladbach star Jonas Hofmann (29) has never spoken so openly about his most difficult phase as a professional!

In the Sky documentary “My Story”, our national team star reveals that he was mentally on the ground after his Dortmund exit and his sluggish early days in Gladbach in 2016.

Hofmann: “It was a tough time. I often sat alone in the toilet and cried. “

Today’s DFB player made his debut for BVB in the Bundesliga in 2012. Since the 2013/14 season he was an integral part of the professional team. However, since he was not able to assert himself straight away as a 22-year-old, he was loaned to Mainz.

But even after his return he was unable to assert himself under the then new coach Thomas Tuchel. Hofmann only made seven Bundesliga appearances and scored one goal.

Foto: Borussia Moenchengladbach via Getty Images

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Since 2016 in Gladbach: Jonas HofmannFoto: Borussia Moenchengladbach via Getty Images

In the winter break of the 15/16 season he then moved from Dortmund to the other Borussia in Gladbach.

His solution in addition to the change in order to get back on his feet: “I took a psychologist. This is often seen as a sign of weakness, I don’t see it that way. “

And further: “If we have the flu or are injured, we go to the doctor. If one of the most important building blocks in the body, the brain, is damaged, then not? That is the wrong approach. “

Hofmann is now a ten-time national player and is an integral part of national coach Hansi Flick. In Gladbach he is an undisputed regular player.

In the current season he has seven goals in 16 Bundesliga games. Most recently he had to sit out because of a meniscus operation. After the winter break, however, he wants to fully intervene again.

He no longer goes to the psychologist: “I gladly and gratefully accepted this help. I was at the meetings for a few months, but don’t need that anymore today. “




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