Johnathan Tah says that he is pleased to have given his thigh injury sufficient time to heal before returning to training, while also expressing his support for his new boss.
The young defender recently returned to Bayer 04 Leverkusen's training ground after completing a seven-week period of recovery from a thigh muscle tear.
"It was good not to rush things and train come hell or high water," Tah told Kicker.
The 21-year old returns at a difficult time for his club. A series of poor results saw them crash out of the Champions League and slip to 11th place in the Bundesliga table.
The loss of form also resulted in head coach Roger Schmidt being replaced by Tayfun Korkut, a man whose focus on defence is something Tah supports.
"That's one of the things we're working on because we were pretty open at the back and forced into the one-on-one duels," he said. "I think that it's better now."
The club could unfortunately not convert this newfound defensive stability into a clean sheet in their previous match though as they lost to Hoffenheim by one goal to nil.
"It's all really close," he said. "It's best we only focus on us, and don't let anyone from the outside influence us.
"We should believe in our strengths," Tah added.
Leverkusen next face VfL Wolfsburg, a club who also recently dispensed with an underperforming manager, before travelling to struggling SV Darmstadt 98, who find themselves at the bottom of the Bundesliga table.
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