The back-up positions behind Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer for Germany essentially guarantee that you will do a lot of practicing, but not see much (any!?) time on the pitch for matches.
For Kevin Trapp, that is just part of the job description.
“It doesn’t make any difference. I always train like I’m playing. After all, you never know what will happen. I am ready when I am needed. In any case, it corresponds to my ambition to always give the maximum. Anything else would not be my nature,” said Trapp in an interview with the DFB website.
Trapp’s role might yield much playing time, but he still is subject to what amounts to a quarantine with the German team. During the downtime, Trapp enjoys his time with his teammates.
“In addition to hard training and preparation for the next game, it is important to switch off from time to time. We have many options here for this. We sit together and watch the games of the European Championships, but we also like to play cards or use the dartboard,” Trapp said. “The most important thing is that we can go into the next game fresh and relaxed.”
With such a prestigious title on the line, Trapp is not worried about he or any of his teammates battling homesickness.
“We’re pretty much in the mood to stay here for a few more weeks. We get on so well with each other that we can easily hold out here until the final. That is our big goal,” said Trapp.