2/14/2018 2:54:45 PM (GMT+3)

The FIFA World Cup in Doha will be a very big one, says Draxler

The FIFA World Cup in Doha will be a very big one, says Draxler

Doha: Paris Saint-Germain winger Julian Draxler said he has one eye on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar as he gears up for Germany’s title defence in Russia in June this year.

Draxler praised Qatar’s passion for football, its compact tournament plans and the outstanding facilities at Aspire Zone, during an interview with www.sc.qa.

“I’ve been to Qatar a number of times and have always felt comfortable here,” said Draxler, who was here during PSG’s winter tour. “The weather is nice and the training conditions are ideal.”

“I think the World Cup here will be a very big one, with a lot of passion,” added the 24-year-old. “Qatar has a special connection with PSG – the fans are happy to see us – so visiting here is a great feeling.”

Draxler said he was impressed with Qatar’s compact tournament plans. Fans, players and officials will benefit from short travel times in 2022, with the maximum distance between stadiums just 50km.

“The less travel stress, the better for us,” said Draxler, who captained Germany to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup title. “But even away from travel concerns, you look forward to every World Cup as a player. We have the 2018 World Cup next, but we are also preparing for 2022.”

Former Schalke and Wolfsburg star Draxler said Germany feel confident about defending the title they won in Brazil four years ago. Joachim Löw’s side will need to come through a testing group, however, after being drawn with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in Group F.