1. FC Cologne: Mark Uth Sky Interview | news from football

In an exclusive interview with Sky Sport, Mark Uth talks about Europe’s big goal and his heart club 1. FC Köln.

Sky Sport: 1.FC Cologne is preparing for the home match against Arminia Bielefeld. If the next opponent changes coach during the week before the match against you: How unpredictable does this make the opponent?

Mark Uth: Yes, I think it is a disadvantage. We can not necessarily prepare anything right now and have no idea what system they are entering. But as in recent weeks, we need to focus on ourselves, perform well and then play our game at home and win.

“You have the unconditional will to come to Europe”

Sky Sport: Now only play against teams that are behind you in the table. An advantage or a disadvantage?

Uth: I think we have played a very, very good round in the Bundesliga so far and we can beat anyone. The problem is that most of these opponents are struggling for existence. Almost all four teams can still fall out of the category. We just have to keep playing. We have to walk fully, increase the intensity and then we can win these matches. But it will definitely not be easy.

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Steffen Baumgart for new goal in 1. FC Köln

Sky Sport: A week ago you clearly announced the goal of Europe. Did this give you another boost or does this public objective change nothing?

Uth: Not much has changed for us there. We saw that we gave everything we had against Gladbach because we absolutely wanted to come to Europe and so we will perform in the coming weeks.

Sky Sports: Such a statement could also push back.

Uth: Well, but we knew we really loved him anyway. We were less interested if it was coming out now.

Derby victory over Gladbach

Sky Sport: 6th place means Europa League, otherwise the Europa League is possible. You do not care what it is? Do you say: The main thing is Europe, or does the Europa League mean something else to you?

Uth: Of course I would get the best. The Europa League would be great, but we would also accept the Conference League. I think the city is so crazy that we would go all over Europe and a lot of fans would come with us. I would be happy for Europe in general. It does not matter much what is done.

Sky Sport: A few weeks ago you were told you were completely addicted to Anthony Modeste. I say: something happened next. Other players have also scored goals. Is it a coincidence or do you intend to do something extra?

Uth: No. Of course, the coach can criticize us. We are very happy to have Anthony Modeste and need to score more goals worldwide. Dejan Ljubicic has already started scoring goals and Florian Kainz has entered the list of goal scorers again. The coach had already pointed this out to us from the inside. To make it public afterwards is his right and we took it to heart first. Now hopefully it stays that way.

” I’m glad to be with my heart club ”

Sky Sport: You still have only three goals of your own this season, but you have been involved in six goals in the last two games. Can you do even without your goals?

Uth: I would love to meet again! But I want to win matches. And if I can help in any way with the templates, then I’m very happy about that. The important thing is that we win the matches.

Sky Sports: 1.FC Cologne played two years without Ultras. Now you have experienced two very special games in a row with Ultras. Would these games be possible without this support?

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With European command behind them, 1. FC Köln celebrated a brilliant derby victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Uth: We also won games and filmed games in previous weeks. I do not think it depends only on the fans. Of course: You are very, very important to us. You also saw him in Berlin when the Ultras entered. I had bumps because it was just beautiful. We are very happy that they are back and pushing us forward. Of course you could say the atmosphere in Gladbach and at home against Mainz was a little better, than it sparked a little more. I think it is extremely important for Germany as a whole that the Ultras return.

Sky Sport: At the moment, despite the successes, there is a lot of discussion about Effzeh’s personal details. When will Baumgart last, Luca Kilian will stay, what will be done with Salih Özcan? Is that how you perceive the noise or how do you cope with it as a team?

Uth: We completely ignore it. These are topics that do not interest us at the moment. We are focused only on the Bundesliga. We are focused on reaching the top of the table and it does not matter what happens around the corner. It is always written and told a lot.

Sky Sport: It’s been almost a year since we had to see these bad scenes after falling into Schalke, which affected you personally. Now we stand here and talk about Europe. Did you expect things to develop so quickly and so well for you personally?

Uth: What does she mean? Of course I am very happy to be home with my heart company. We set off to have a great season and no one believed us. In the end, we have been able to confirm it so far. So it’s better for me to get back here and have a great season.

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