"The most important thing is to make it through the group"

We asked our midfielder about the European Championship, his rehabilitation and the upcoming Conference League campaign.

First of all, how are you, how is your recovery going after your surgery?

Thank you for your interest, fortunately I am getting better every day and everything is going according to plan. After my operation in January I had to lie in bed for almost two months, which was not an easy time in any respect, and after six weeks I was able to start rehabilitation. I lost a lot of muscle and almost had to learn to walk again. Fortunately, my leg improved nicely and gradually, with each exercise progressing well. I'm glad we're now on to the fitness part, which is a much more exciting part of the rehabilitation. I also started the heavy training two weeks ago, and next week I'll be in Fehérvár with the team for the medical exams, but I'll still be doing extra training work. I'm gradually progressing and hope to be able to get out on the pitch soon.

By finishing fourth in the 2023/2024 season, we have earned the right to qualify for Europe this summer. On the 19th June we will know who our opponent will be, have you thought about how far we can go in the Conference League?

The team had a very good season, if we had a bit more luck we could have finished on the podium. We had several games where we were the better team, we created chances, but in the end we lost points. I'm happy that after a bad last year, we managed to get a good result this year with good football. I'm really looking forward to Europe, so we have the chance to qualify and we want to go as far as possible. We are motivated to achieve good results in the Conference League. If the core of the team stays together, with one or two reinforcements, we might have a chance to do that.

You recently holidayed in the United Arab Emirates, why did you choose this destination?

We had wanted to spend some time there with the family in the winter, but we had to postpone the trip because of my surgery. We were looking for somewhere warm where we could swim all day. Luckily we had very good weather all the time, it wasn't too hot and it was really nice to spend a week together.

The 2024 European Championship kicks off on Saturday, with the Hungarian national team in a group with Switzerland, Germany and Scotland. How far can Marco Rossi's side go in the Euros?

The first and most important goal is to get out of the group. We're not in an easy four by any means, I think Switzerland and Scotland have players of similar calibre to us, while Germany stand out because they're in the middle of a generational change and they have a new manager. They are not in bad form and they have top players who play in the strongest leagues. But we've shown in recent years that when we play with focus and unity we can achieve serious results. So I'm expecting three very tough matches that will be decided by a narrow margin. It's important to get off to a good start, if we can beat Switzerland in the first game, it will give the team a boost and we can play with a lot of confidence going forward. Unfortunately I can't be there in Germany, I'll be here at home cheering on the boys. I spent a day in Telki, I personally wished them good luck. As I said at the beginning, the main goal is to qualify from the group, and after that anything can happen in one match.

A lot of Vidi fans are interested in you, they are eager to have you back in the team.

I have also received countless messages, and I thank them for their support and for standing by me through this difficult time. I work every day to return as soon as possible and help the team. However, I must not rush things and I will continue to work under the guidance of the medical team. I hope to be on the bench for the first game and maybe even play a few minutes on the pitch.

Author: David Rechnitzer

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