"It was my wish": Bayern star reveals the background to his departure

Chris Richards has to play against FC Bayern on Saturday.

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TSG Hoffenheim will face FC Bayern on Saturday afternoon. It will be a special game, especially for Chris Richards, because Hoffenheim have borrowed the 21-year-old from Munich for a year. Apparently that suits the central defender very well, he told the “kicker”: “It was my wish to return to Hoffenheim”.

Richards could not prevail under Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann. In the summer he moved to Hoffenheim for the second time.

Chris Richards wanted more playing time

According to the young player, it was his own wish. He explains it like this: “In the summer it turned out that the competition in Munich would continue to be very fierce and that I will not be playing every game for a long time.”

He wasn’t afraid of the competition, but it was the better choice, he said. “It was better for me to go to TSG and play regularly,” said Richards. And even Nagelsmann advised him to do so.

The FCB dream has not yet died for Richards

FC Bayern is tough – You can hardly afford to make mistakes with the German champions. That is what the head coach said to the defender. Richards says: “He said I had to go where I play regularly and that means I can make mistakes and learn directly from them. That is the best way.”

Richards has developed into a regular in Hoffenheim this season. Bayern still have an eye on him – after all, his contract will run until 2025.

Hoffenheim have to work hard against Bayern

“After a few games, I get feedback from Marco Neppe, the head of the Munich scouting department, about what I’ve done well and less well,” said Richards.

The upcoming game against Bayern should therefore be a double test for the defender. He is under observation by the Bayern scouts and the Munich team will be on the pitch with confidence thanks to their home strength.

Bayern made a strong start to the season with six wins, one draw and one defeat. The Hoffenheim will especially have difficulty getting past the Munich defense.


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