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Huddersfield’s Christopher Schindler: The hardest season of my life

Playing in the Premier League is the dream the Championship play-off finalists’ defender reveals as his first season in England reaches its climax

When asked about the biggest difference between his everyday life in England and the one he was accustomed to in Germany before joining Huddersfield Town last summer, Christopher Schindler smiles and replies: “Handymen. In Germany if you’ve got a problem, you call somebody and they solve it. Here, you call someone, they come out and two weeks later you’ve got another problem. Maybe they just want to come back to have a chat with you or something?”

Or maybe those handymen are just conducting a test, trying to find out if it is possible to rile a good-humoured 27-year-old whose serene authority in central defence has been a key feature of Huddersfield’s extraordinary rise this season? On Monday, that season could reach a climax few foresaw, as Huddersfield take on Reading at Wembley in the play-off final for a place in the Premier League. On the pitch, at least, Schindler has found an efficiency that he seldom experienced in Germany, where the club he was at for 17 years, 1860 Munich, became a byword for instability, stuck in the second division for the past 13 years and churning through at least two managers per season.

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