"We bonded with the new coaching staff from the beginning"

We talked to Áron Csongvai, who can also play as a defender and midfielder, about the work he has done so far during the pre-season, the first friendly match and the Hungarian national team's participation in the European Championship.

The second week of pre-season for the 2024/2025 season has ended, how has the training days gone so far?

After medical examinations and tests, we got straight down to hard work. Fortunately, although we had some departures, our squad was largely unchanged, so we were able to greet each other as familiar faces. The novelty was the new coaching staff, with whom we found a common voice from the beginning, which will take us forward in our daily work. I feel that their integration has not been a problem either, we are working hard on both our physical condition and tactics - we are trying to quickly adopt the ideas they have brought with them and demand from us. I'm confident that we are exactly where we need to be at this stage of preparation.

Tell us a bit more about the vision of the new coaching staff. What will a Tamás Pető Vidi look like?

I like the fact that we have a Hungarian coaching team, which is also good for our current squad. In the future, it will be very important to develop and integrate young players into the team, and the new staff's thinking fits in perfectly with these ideas. We have a lot of young Hungarian players, I am sure that Tamás Pető will build on them. Based on the first impression and the work done in the last two weeks, I am positive about the future. I'm confident that we can keep improving, which will drive me and the whole team forward, and that we will achieve success in the new season..

On Saturday we play our first preparation match in Bábolna. What do you expect from this match?

We've talked about it in the dressing room, we're looking forward to playing again. We're coming off hard work, the staff will certainly give all the players the opportunity and the workload they need at this stage of the season. The focus here will not be on tactical points yet, but on getting everyone game time. We take the game seriously, it will be an important stage in our preparation.

On Wednesday evening, the Hungarian national team did not progress from their group. How did you see the national team's performance?

First of all, I am very sorry that it turned out like this. After a bad start against the Swiss, where they really didn't play to the level they expected, the boys did everything they could to qualify. It was good to see the will and fight they put on the pitch against the Germans and then the Scots. You could see that they were fighting not just for each other, but for the whole country. I'm sorry that they didn't get through, and I'm sorry that the players and fans missed out on another match experience. Still, the clash against Scotland was a great experience, both as footballers and supporters, and we must build on our last two games in the future. I feel that after the recent successes, with the team qualifying for their third European Championship in a row, expectations have risen and many felt that progressing from the group was a must, but that is not the reality. After a poor first game, the team did well, but this time they lacked a bit of luck in the end.

Author: David Rechnitzer

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