One thing that’s difficult to train for is pressure, but you seem to find it very easy to cope in the Champions League. How did you keep your cool when you were taking the penalties against LOSC?
There’s always pressure, but there is a difference between playing at home and away. In that game I knew where I was going to shoot. I knew that in Sevilla too, but that was my first Champions League game and penalty, so I was more nervous. But against Lille, I was sure I was going to score. Fortunately I did score – and then scoring twice from the penalty spot was amazing.
It was even more impressive given what happened against Sevilla. What were your emotions during that crazy first half in Spain?
In general I think we had a very good start; we set up really well. Sevilla had more possession in the first few minutes and were more dominant, but we just tried to play our game. There were a total of four penalties in the first half; it was a different kind of game for both teams. From my perspective, to be fouled three times in the box was also very unusual. It would have been very different if I’d put the first one in, but that’s in the past and now we’re looking ahead.
Have you changed your approach at all as a player and as a team, since that first game?
I wouldn’t say that we have changed. As a young team we’re always trying to express ourselves on the pitch and implement what the coach and the coaching team tell us. We’re always up for it and want to win. I think it’s important for us to keep our heads held high and play our own game.
As you say, Salzburg are such a young team. What’s the atmosphere like in the changing room?
Very relaxed. I think it’s different to having a lot of older players. We all understand each other and that’s why it’s very calm and chill here. We all get along well and go out together, so it’s different to how it is at some other clubs.
Why do young players develop so well at Salzburg?
I think Salzburg is a great place for young players; they get their chance here. If you look, we have a lot of players in the first team who were born in 2003, as well as 2002 and 2001. Salzburg trust young players, let them play, let them develop, and turn them into great players.
What role do the older players play in the squad?
Of course, they also play an important role, both on and off the pitch. They are leadership players on the pitch around whom we orientate, from whom we get our feedback, in addition to the coach and captain. Off the pitch, we all get along well and often do stuff together.
Who is responsible for the music in the changing rooms?
Rasmus [Kristensen] usually. Sometimes Noah [Okafor], but normally Rasmus. He plays everything: ’80s, ’90s music, all the way up to modern music, Danish music…
I actually have a few Danish songs on my playlist now.
And how would you describe your fashion sense?
Very relaxed. If you ask any of my team-mates, they would say I’m probably the one with the wide trousers, oversized hoodie – always relaxed. Not that sporty, except on the pitch.
You’ve already played – and scored – for Germany. What’s the next step in the career of Karim Adeyemi?
I want to establish myself more in the national team, get to know everyone better and make more appearances for them. Best-case scenario, I want to go to the World Cup with them; that would be a dream. I’m here with Salzburg now and, of course, I want to help the team reach its goals.