FCA TV interview with the midfielder
Jan Morávek has started two of the last three FCA games since recovering from a long-term injury. In an interview with FCA TV, the midfielder talks about the 2-1 defeat away to VfB Stuttgart and the imminent home game against Werder Bremen (Saturday, 15:30 CEST).
Jan Morávek was "very, very happy," to be back on the pitch, he told us. "This season has not been easy for me, but I’ve fought my way back." Around nine months ago, the Czech was ruled out with a major muscle injury. Now, Morávek is fully recovered in time for the end-of-season run-in and is trying to "help the team and support the lads as much as he can."
For his first game back in the dugout, Markus Weinzierl summoned Morávek, whom he knows from his first stint with FCA, straight into the starting XI to face Stuttgart. "Everyone at the club knows what he achieved with us back then and knows the kind of quality he possesses," said the midfielder about his coach.
In Stuttgart, Morávek made his 150th Bundesliga appearance (his 108th for FCA), but was in no mood to celebrate the milestone after an avoidable defeat. "We showed a lot of energy on the pitch and showed that typical FCA transition play, but we weren’t able to make it count," said the 31-year-old, but added: "If we carry on playing like this, we will take that deciding step on Saturday."
This weekend, SV Werder Bremen come to town, who are only two points behind FCA in the table. In his nine years at FCA, Morávek has lived through similarly sticky situations at the wrong end of the table and knows what is required: "We need to stay calm and keep trusting our own abilities," he said. "We need to stay positive and cannot lose our heads – it’s all in our hands, after all. I expect we will get the job done."