Bastian Schweinsteiger completed his move from Manchester United to Chicago Fire earlier this week.
The former German international moved to the MLS side after an unproductive 18 months at Old Trafford, and although he has been quite vocal about looking forward to the new challenge in the USA, his first dealings with the American media didn’t exactly go to plan.
During his first press conference as a Chicago Fire player, Schweinsteiger was taking questions from US journalists, when one asked him if he thought that, with his new club, he thought winning a World Cup, as he had done with Germany in 2014, was possible for his new side.
Cue the awkwardness…
ICYMI: An American journalist asked Schweinsteiger if Chicago Fire can win the world cup.
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— Oddschecker (@Oddschecker) March 30, 2017
“I wonder, with your addition to this team, is it a fair expectation to see a clear pathway towards a World Cup competition to come out of Chicago?”
A confused-looking Schweinsteiger turned to manager Veljko Paunovic to clear up what the reporter meant, or at least was trying to say. However, in an attempt to clarify what he meant the reporter still seemed to suggest that he thought that Chicago could compete in the World Cup…
“Do you expect now that you’re here, Bastian, that a World Cup goal for Chicago Fire is a realistic expectation?”
By now the former Bayern Munich midfielder and general manager Nelson Rodriguez were working under the assumption that the reporter did, in fact, mean the MLS Cup, and answered accordingly:
“I think in football everything is realistic and I always believe in the team which I play for that you can win the game.”
“Even if it is against the best team in the world, you have a chance to win. I experienced it a lot in my career that everything is possible.”
Everything, that is, except winning a World Cup with Chicago Fire.