Castro: "We want to cause problems going forward"

Gonzalo Castro completed a switch from Borussia Dortmund to VfB Stuttgart in the summer. The 31-year-old has established himself as a regular starter for the Swabians since the winter break and is now looking to help his new club preserve their top-flight status. Speaking to, the midfielder discussed the chances of beating the drop, the previous fixture between the teams and the threat TSG Hoffenheim pose going forward.

Gonzalo, you recently beat Hannover 96 and came close to taking a point away to Borussia Dortmund. How would you rate your current form?

"We produced decent performances in both matches. Unfortunately, we didn't manage to take anything tangible from the match in Dortmund. We want to build on those performances and approach the upcoming matches with the same intensity and the same burning desire to pick up points.

You're currently down in 16th position. How optimistic are you that you won't finish the season as one of the bottom three clubs in the league?

"There are still nine matches to go until the end of the season. That means there are still enough points up for grabs to finish the campaign above the threshold. I'm confident we'll manage it."

You've established yourself as a regular starter in the second half of the season and have set up three goals in the last two games. How satisfied are you with your own performances?

"Every player must contribute to making us successful again. I'm obviously delighted that I'm now helping the team on the pitch and, all in all, I'm satisfied with the account of ourselves we've given."

TSG won the first meeting by a 4-0 scoreline. Was the early red card for Insua in the eighth minute the turning point that decided the game in their favour?

"The red card certainly impacted the balance of play, especially as were no goals beforehand."

Hoffenheim are one of the most dangerous teams in the league in front of goal and Stuttgart are one of the most vulnerable defensively. How will you try to stop TSG going forward?

"For long spells in our match last weekend against Dortmund, who are another of the top attacking teams in the Bundesliga, we got a lot of things right defensively. We want to continue where we left off there, while causing problems going forward ourselves."

Does the fact it's a derby lend the matches against TSG a special significance for you as a player?

"For me, it's the first time being involved in this fixture. I'm just looking forward to this home game, because hopefully the support of our fans will help us get something from the game."

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