Jannik Vestergaard: ‘Staying up or going down – it affects your life’

Jannik Vestergaard: ‘Staying up or going down – it affects your life’

11-Jan-2019 12:59:10 | The Guardian

The Southampton defender talks about the ‘indescribable’ pleasure of surviving the drop, life under Ralph Hasenhüttl and his grandfather’s time at West Ham

Jannik Vestergaard describes it as a worry that never goes away, the heaviest of responsibilities, a shadow, something that gnaws at relationships, testing them, redefining them. The Denmark centre-half has stared into the abyss of relegation at two of his previous clubs, Hoffenheim and Werder Bremen, and now he must wrestle with the same emotions at Southampton. Yes, football is a sport, a job, he tells himself. But he knows it is so much more.

“Staying up or going down – it affects your life, hundreds of people who work for the club and the fans at the stadiums,” Vestergaard says. “I have met only a few players who can leave it all in the dressing room.

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