There’s no such thing as too much pressure for Huddersfield Town defender Christopher Schindler.
And after a couple of seasons dodging the drop with 1860 Munich, he’s relishing the heat which comes with being league leaders.
Things couldn’t have started much better for Town’s record £1.8m summer signing.
The 26-year-old has settled well, has started every game so far and is savouring the challenge of the Championship.
You won’t find Town’s early success going to the centre-back’s head, however.
“We’re all pleased with the way things have gone so far,” said Schindler ahead of Town’s latest game at eighth-placed Reading.
“But it’s not the time to celebrate, there is so much more to do, so many other teams still to play.
“It only means we have to work even harder to try and maintain our strong start.”
Munich-born Schindler came through the 1860 production system before making more than 150 appearances for the 2 Bundesliga club.
He made the first move of his career after getting the call from compatriot and Town head coach David Wagner.
“It was a big thing for me, not just because it was the first time I have been involved in a transfer, but also it was a move to a new country,” he added.
“But I wanted the challenge, and people at this club have made things easy for me.
“It has helped to have some other Germans among the squad, but the English players have been great.
“They have welcomed us all and gone out of their way to help us get used to life over here.”
Schindler and Co go to Reading seeking a seventh win in nine.
“I thought we had good players here, but I didn’t know the Championship too well so had nothing to compare us against,” he explained.
“We are winning tight games where the little details decide the outcome.
“But we all know this is a very competitive division and that consistency is crucial.
“Dropping below your best level isn’t an option in this league.
“You look at Reading and see they have just won in the League Cup at Brighton, where we lost.
“I think perhaps we were a bit too passive in that match.
“Brighton made us react to their game, and maybe we must try to make Reading react to our game.”
Schindler accepts early success has made Wagner’s side a prized scalp.
“There is pressure from all areas,” he said.
“After we lost at Brighton, people were saying we would lose confidence, so bouncing back to beat QPR last Saturday was a big thing.
“Now we go into our first away game since Brighton trying to get a better result.
“I had pressure at my previous club because in two seasons, we fought against relegation.
“I definitely prefer the pressure which comes with being at the top, and hopefully we will continue to feel it!”