The Swiss Djibril Sow has criticized the extended overtime at this World Cup. In an interview with SPOX and GOAL he also commented on the air conditioning in the stadiums and the defeat of the German national team.
Sows Switzerland started the World Cup with a 1-0 win against Cameroon. The 25-year-old midfielder from Eintracht Frankfurt was in the starting XI and was substituted in the 72nd minute.
Mr. Sow, how do you feel after the successful start of the World Cup?
Jirbil Sov: We are very happy with the win. Now we’ve gained self-confidence for the next games.
The game against Cameroon kicked off at 1 p.m. local time. How did you experience the heat?
Was the air conditioning ever uncomfortable?
Sow: It’s not uncomfortable, but funny.
A new feature of this World Cup are the extremely long stoppage times, a total of eight minutes were added to your game. How do you rate that?
Sow: I saw the game between Spain and Costa Rica. I don’t think there needs to be eight minutes of stoppage time. I think that’s stupid. You have to have a little flair. When it’s 6-0, you don’t have to add another eight minutes. It’s also about respect for your opponent.
Especially with the heat in Qatar, the physical strain also plays a role.
Sow: I thought that Japan is very strong. I didn’t really find it surprising that Japan can win against Germany.
Did you already have contact with your Frankfurt colleague Mario Götze during the World Cup?