NEWS: 30.09.2017

Hannover match reaction

Hannover match reaction
Lars Stindl: “We didn’t let our heads drop”

We gathered the reaction to Saturday afternoon’s 2-1 win over Hannover 96.

Lars Stindl:We obviously didn’t play well last weekend, so we were determined to do a lot better today. We’re honest enough to say that it wasn’t our best performance, but the basics were there – the drive, the desire and the passion that you need to win in this very even Bundesliga season. It was a difficult game against a quality side who have come here full of confidence. It took us a bit of time to get into the game. During the periods where we were close to scoring, we allowed them to have chances too, which wasn’t ideal. However, we didn’t let our heads drop and continued to believe in ourselves, even if we didn’t get everything right on the day.

Yann Sommer:We’ve gotten used to the fact that there’s VAR. It’s a weird feeling having to wait for the final decision. You never know which way it’s going to go. Hannover played with a lot of confidence, which is understandable considering their run. They’re a good side with a lot of quality. We did very well against them during the second 45 in particular, pinning them back inside their own half. Hannover did have that huge chance where Harnik hit the bar, but I think all in all it’s a deserved win. It’s nice to be back in goal. I’m delighted that we got that all-important win today.

Vincenzo Grifo:It’s a great feeling being back out on the pitch. I’m a very passionate player and I tried to demonstrate that after coming on. I’m happy that the decision went our way. My touch was a little heavy, but I was definitely caught. Fortunately, we stuck away the penalty and got the win. My knee feels good and I can carry on working on getting even stronger during the international break.

Dieter Hecking:We knew that we would be up against a confident side today, and at times you could see that it’s not exactly the easiest thing to immediately shake off the effects of a 6-1 defeat. At half time, we talked about taking more risks and although we didn’t start the second 45 well, we improved more and more as the game went on and really got stuck in. We deserved to take the lead, but then frustratingly let in an equaliser more or less straightaway. It was an end-to-end match after that, so I have to give credit to my team. We’re fairly happy with where we are in the table at the moment.

Hannover coach André Breitenreiter:That’s football for you. The boys are downhearted right now. I’m less so, because we put in a great performance today. It was a fairly even first half. We tried to stay compact and counter quickly in our 4-1-4-1 formation. We were courageous with our build-up play and worked the ball around nicely. We carried on like that in the second half, but the pressure on us increased. Gladbach were always dangerous from set-pieces, but we had a huge chance to take the lead after we got back on level terms. Unfortunately, Salif Sané made the wrong decision to jump into a tackle in added time, but I won’t hold that against him. The penalty call was correct.