Chris Schindler reveals Huddersfield manager David Wagner inspired promotion to Premier League with personalised wristbands


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HUDDERSFIELD penalty hero Chris Schindler has revealed how boss David Wagner inspired him with a personalised wristband.

Defender Schindler netted the winning spot-kick to defeat Reading in a dramatic shootout in Monday’s play-off final and seal a shock promotion to the Premier League.

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Chris Schindler fires home the winning penalty for Huddersfield

He achieved the historic feat wearing a blue-and-white bracelet that was given to all the players by Wagner ahead of the semi-final against Sheffield Wednesday.

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It was customised with his initials and squad number, C.S. 26, with ‘#nolimts We’re on our way to W…!’ also inscribed, in reference to Wagner’s buzz phrase of ‘no limits’ that the German has used all season.

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Schindler, 27, said: “(Wagner) and his coaching team have done a brilliant job.

“From the start, he told us there are no limits and he had these wristbands made for us. Every single player has one to remind them.

“It was his idea, and when a coach comes up with something like that, it makes you believe in him.

“He presented us with them before the semi-final against Sheffield Wednesday, and I’ve been wearing this for two weeks now.

Chris Schindler runs off celebrating his promotion-sealing penalty

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Chris Schindler runs off celebrating his promotion-sealing penalty

“It shows you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a big impact on the team, especially if you have good characters.

“Maybe it’s just a small detail, but it’s important to make everybody believe you can do it, especially a ‘smaller’ club.”

Schindler admitted to SunSport in an interview ahead of the play-offs that he had not even heard of Huddersfield before Wagner convinced him to join the club from 1860 Munich last summer.

But now he and his team-mates have become Town ‘legends’, according to Wagner.

The semi-final win at Hillsborough also went down to a penalty shootout, though Schindler did not take a spot-kick that day due to tiredness.

He felt much fresher at Wembley though and kept his cool – even though he knew ‘the world was about to turn upside down’ as he walked up to take it.

Chris Schindler lifts the Championship play-off trophy at Wembley

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Chris Schindler lifts the Championship play-off trophy at Wembley

Schindler explained: “After the Sheffield Wednesday game, my battery was completely flat, running on empty, and I didn’t feel like taking a penalty in the shoot-out there.

“It is not a good place if f you can hardly walk because you are so tired, or your mentality is not right.

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“I would have been the sixth or seventh to take one if required, but today I had a good feeling through the whole game.

“It was a solid performance from the start and that’s why I volunteered this time. I knew I was going to make it.

“Walking up to take it, I knew the world was about to turn upside down and I’m so thankful to have gone through this experience.

Huddersfield pair Michael Hefele and Elias Kachunga enjoy their promotion success

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Huddersfield pair Michael Hefele and Elias Kachunga enjoy their promotion success

“You have to be confident and believe in what you need to do, and I totally had this feeling. Nobody can ever take this away from us and we totally deserved it.”

Schindler and his compatriots Michael Hefele and Chris Lowe added to Per Mertesacker’s Arsenal glory on Saturday to make it a successful few days on the hallowed turf for German players.

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Hefele actually fluffed his lines in the shootout but Lowe and Schindler were spot on to boost the myth that Germans are the best at penalties.

Schindler added: “When it matters, every player looks for composure, good body language and the ability to perform.

“Germans like to prepare as well as possible for games, but it is always about small details and it is not a question of nationality.

Huddersfield fans line the streets to enjoy their club's victory parade

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Huddersfield fans line the streets to enjoy their club’s victory parade

“We shouldn’t make too much of the German aspect – but Mertesacker played a really good final too and I’m really happy for him. But maybe we are better penalty takers!”

Now the focus turns to Huddersfield’s prospects next season where they will be competing against the big boys,

But Schindler is confident the team’s underdog status can take them a long way – just like it has in the Championship.

Huddersfield Town fans gather for victory parade after winning play-off final

The former 1860 skipper said: “At the moment, we don’t have to think too much about what lies ahead next season, but we know the team will change and with our idea (approach) it’s hard for every opponent to play against us.

“This is something we can rely on, it gives us the power not to be afraid of anyone.

“All I know is that every game is going to be a highlight for me next season and I am going to make sure I enjoy every second I am allowed to play in the Premier League.

Chris Schindler lifts the play-off trophy at the Huddersfield promotion parade

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Chris Schindler lifts the play-off trophy at the Huddersfield promotion parade

“For sure we will be the biggest underdog next year, but that could also be our biggest strength and we can draw on that.

“We can’t be sure how the team will look in August because we have some players on loan and we don’t know what’s going to happen with them.

“Who comes in, and how much money we spend, is not a question for me. The chairman is not a guy who makes unbelievable (astronomical) investments – of course we will need quality, but it’s more important to have good characters who can make life uncomfortable for opponents.”

Should Town’s new hero be wondering what is possible next term, he need only look down at his wrist.

A successful Premier League season is the next item to be ticked off on Schindler’s list.

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