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Watch: Bastian Schweinsteiger’s First Chicago Fire Press Conference Became Really Awkward

CHICAGO, UNITED STATES - MARCH 29 : German football player Bastian Schweinsteiger speaks as he is introduced at The PrivateBank Fire Pitch in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 29 March 2017. Schweinsteiger comes to the Fire from Manchester United. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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…

“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?”

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 29: The Chicago Fire Introduce Basitan Schweinsteiger during a press conference on March 29,  2017 at the The PrivateBank Fire Pitch in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

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.

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