6.03.2022Bayer 04

Carro after Bayern draw: We had the better chances

Fernando Carro was a guest on BILD TV the day after the 1-1 draw in the top Bundesliga match between Bayern Munich and the Werkself. We have put together the key statements by the CEO made on the 'Lage der Liga' programme.

Fernando Carro on...

The 1-1 draw in Munich: A 1-1 draw at Bayern isn’t bad as a rule. But it's actually a pity given the chances we had. Of course, we would have liked to have won. Bayern were dominant but we had the better chances. We go into every game looking to win as a matter of course.

The ambition to retain top national and international talents at the Werkself: We try all we can to keep hold of top young players. Of course, financial factors play a role. But that's also part of being successful in football. If possible, we want to continue to challenge for titles and be in the Champions League over the long term. Then players like that will stay with us.

Florian Wirtz, whose contract at Bayer 04 runs to 2026: I'm counting on Florian Wirtz not just to 2023 but at least to 2024. We will try to keep him for as long as possible. I'm assuming he won't leave before 2024. We've got the European Championships in Germany in that year. He knows he’s a really important player who can always play. And not to forget: He feels really happy here with us.

Play-offs in the Bundesliga: I'm no friend of play-offs. That always used to annoy me in basketball. That system affects games in the regular season from the start.

The intentions of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus in trying to set up a Super League: I think the three clubs made a lot of mistakes. That started with the announcement. Juve boss Andrea Agnelli, as the chair of the ECA, first announces a fundamental reform of the Champions League and a few hours later plans come out on the foundation of the Super League. The way it was done was unacceptable. No German clubs were involved in that project. That shows we were in the right place with our assessment. There must always be qualification through national leagues. The English clubs also withdrew. The opinion of fans across Europe was clear. In short: I don't see any chance of that idea happening in the next few years.

World Cup every two years: Having the World Cup every two years doesn't make any sense to me. I don't think it will happen. Everybody in charge is aware that we can't keep adding to the fixture list non-stop. We also have a responsibility for the players and their health. I get the impression that this perception will gradually take hold. I don't think we'll see the World Cup being played every two years.

War in Ukraine: Every citizen and every Bundesliga club is doing everything possible. There is great solidarity in football and with the citizens in general. Even though it's primarily the politicians who have to find solutions, everybody should have sympathy with the fate of people in Ukraine, help as far as possible and clearly speak out against war and for peace.


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