Christian Fuchs wants to become a comedy-style talk show host
His family home is in New York City, he has launched his own clothing range and his greatest ambition is to become a comedy-style television talk-show host.
He may be the left-back at Leicester City – but, no, he’s not kidding. There is straight talking, too, when he is asked about the burning issue of Leicester’s total transformation in form after the shock sacking of title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri.
“That’s a good question,” says the 30-year-old Fuchs.
“I think the set-up didn’t really change too much because Craig Shakespeare was here already. So, I simply think that whatever was discussed or mentioned, or accusations made in the media, just kind of fired us up. The critics made the turnaround possible. Personally, I didn’t see too much of what was said, but it comes to your ears (as a player).
“We took all that and we used it to fire ourselves up. You could see it straight away in the match against Liverpool. Everybody felt it was right away a different team and that we were fired up from the toes to the tips of our hair. And it worked out for us. We have had six wins in a row. It was a turning point obviously.”
Christian Fuchs admits Leicester were fired up by accusations from the media
Leicester’s players received intense and sustained criticism when Ranieri was axed after a dismal run of defeats, blamed by many for the manager’s exit.
The most severe, and probably most wounding, came from pundits like Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness, who said the players should be ashamed of themselves.
Did Fuchs think the barrage of criticism was fair? His response reveals the pragmatic heart of modern football, as he says: “I don’t know if it’s fair or if it’s not. I don’t think it’s a question of that. In football overall there is no fair or unfair. It is just what is happening at that moment. The mood is completely different now to the mood of a few weeks ago. Now everybody will say it wasn’t right before and now we are back to the real Leicester way.”
Nobody can doubt that the remarkable change has come at a perfect time for the club’s unlikely Champions League challenge.
On Wednesday night they play away to Atletico Madrid, finalists in two of the past three seasons.
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It may be the toughest test yet for Leicester but at least Fuchs has personal experience of giving Spanish giants a fright. The last time he played in the Spanish capital was in a Champions League match with former club Schalke two years ago against Real Madrid.
The German club were 2-0 down from the first leg but won 4-3 at the Bernabeu, with Fuchs scoring one of the goals.
“Yes, I have good experiences in Madrid,” says Fuchs. “We had to score a fifth goal on the night to go through and we were close in the final minutes, but we were just too tired to get over the line.”
It shows what can be done in Europe by teams who believe. Fuchs is certainly not short of self-belief and his horizons go far beyond football.
He has investigated the possibility of becoming a kicker in NFL American football, set up his own No Fuchs Given clothing company and has a football academy in New York where his wife and children live.
Leicester's fortunes in the league have been transformed under Craig Shakespeare
“It’s not easy having the family over there but there was no other solution because the kids are in good schools,” explains Fuchs.
“I will move there once my football career is over. What will I do then? That’s another good question. Well, one of my biggest inspirations for No Fuchs Given is Jimmy Fallon (an American TV talk-show host).
“I saw one of his shows when I was in New York. That is maybe what I want to do, more on the comedy side. I am writing my own material. I like to entertain people.”
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