Yusuf Yazici is one of the most formidable players on the continent and is currently the top scorer in the Europa League. The Turk tore a cruciate ligament about a year ago and had to work hard on his comeback as a result.
in the Exclusive interview With 90min he talks about his injury, the current social situation and of course what you can expect from the Turkish team at the upcoming European Championship.
Yusuf Yazici moved to Lille OSC in France in the summer of 2019 after exactly 100 games for his training club Trabzonspor. Just a few months after the now 23-year-old left his place of birth with Trabzon, he tore a cruciate ligament in December 2019. The Euro 2020 seemed over for the young offensive player, but Yazici benefited from the postponement of the tournament and his own willpower to come back stronger than before.
“When you are seriously injured, there are always two components to consider – the physical and the psychological. While the physical is more obvious, the psychological one can cause you bigger problems. Both sides were looked after by professionals during my rehabilitation. My manager, mine Personal fitness coach, a sports psychologist, a sleep coach and others worked hard to make me stronger and motivated. Thanks to them, I only had to balance caution and aggressiveness during my build-up training. We are all glad that our efforts were worth it, “says Yazici, who wants his return to be seen as a team effort.
While the Turkish international is being led back into the team in the current Ligue 1 season via short appearances, he has been in the starting eleven in the previous three appearances of the French in the Europa League. He was able to score a whopping six goals, the highlight was of course his three-pack in the 3-0 win in San Siro against AC Milan.
“I was the first player to score a hat-trick there after Rivaldo did it for FC Barcelona in the Champions League in 2000. It was certainly a great moment for me, but I don’t judge my successes by goals, but by goals Wins. When my team wins, I’m always happy, “said Yazici, once again very modestly.
The fact that he can now take part in the tournament due to the postponement of the European championship to the coming year is not only positive for Yazici. In order to survive the corona crisis, however, he wants to do his part with a good performance at the EM.
“Right now the whole world is facing hard times. Many people have already died from the virus and most of the nations are imposing quarantines and facing economic and health challenges. We all need hope and solidarity. There is a nice saying that inspires me when I’m going through a tough phase myself. ‘The night is always darkest, just before the sun comes up’ – we should always remember that, “says Yazici, assessing the current situation.
He himself can give his compatriots a little joy with goals at the European Championships when Turkey meets Wales, Italy and Switzerland. Yazici will open the tournament when he competes against Italy in Rome with “Ay-Yildizlilar”, the “moon stars” – a good omen?
“I’m really looking forward to it, I hope the fans can go back to the stadium by then. We have a talented and determined team, many of us play internationally at the club. We have an experienced coach and a great sense of community on and off the pitch. And they know that we like to surprise at these tournaments. I am on the right track myself and will put a smile on the faces of my compatriots. The Turks love football and have deserved a few nice moments in these difficult times – that’s mine Motivation for the tournament. ” One can only agree with Yusuf Yazici.