At the end everyone was running on fumes; there was a lot of cramp around. And then Rangers got this one last chance and I just saw that Ryan Kent was unmarked, and I thought, “I’ll just try and make myself as big as possible, so that I take up as much space as possible if he shoots.”
You need a little bit of luck, and you hope you get it of course, but Kristijan Jakić was there too, and he slid in. We just tried together because, obviously, if you concede the goal in the 119th minute then it’s done, game over. Then with penalties it comes down to instinct and I managed to do my bit by saving one. The tension in that situation, the nerves – when you know exactly what’s at stake – that’s not an easy thing to deal with mentally. So I want to pay a massive compliment to everyone who took one and everyone who contributed to us taking that trophy home.
Every day we’re under pressure to perform. Everyone wants to play well and train well. For me, it’s therefore extremely important to find a balance in my private life. I have to find things to think about that can distract me from the day-to-day stress, to know that I can learn about other things that occur in other areas of life. Like having my own business: it helped me, learning about how things work in the business area. How do you set up a company, what does it involve?
I also like riding motorbikes, which is dangerous but so are lots of things. You are on your own; nobody can bother you or call you. When the wind blows around your ears it is simply a great feeling. All these things are important for me to have fun; they help me, ultimately, to perform on the pitch.