We gathered the thoughts from the players and coaches after Borussia’s big cup win against BSC Hastedt.
Jordan Beyer: You have to approach games like that as if it were a Bundesliga match. There may be several divisions separating us, but you can never underestimate an opponent and you have to give 100 percent regardless. I think we did that well today. We played with real purpose for the full 90 minutes, and that shows in the scoreline. I hope that I get to make my Bundesliga debut on Saturday.
Jonas Hofmann: We’re happy that the season is finally up and running and that we’ve been able to start like this. You could tell that we were enjoying our football today. It was important to score early on, as that really breaks the ice against a lower-league side like them. We were solid from there on out. It was a great performance from the entire team; everyone did their job to a tee. We didn’t drop off at half time when we were 6-0 up either. The first step is complete – we’re into the second round. Now we have a week’s time to get ready for Leverkusen. That will of course be a very different game.
Dieter Hecking: My team played great football for 90 minutes and really made their mark today. It’s never a given against what was a very motivated fifth-tier side. After all, we’ve seen some Bundesliga sides struggle against lower-league opponents this weekend. There were some great goals in there, and we actually missed some chances along the way. It’s always important for forwards to score goals, so I’m glad that Thorgan Hazard, Raffael and Alassane Pléa all got hat-tricks today. There’s a lot of competition for places at the moment. There were players sitting on the bench today who are certainly candidates to play next Saturday.
BSC Hastedt coach Gökhan Deli: We were really looking forward to the game today, but in the end the difference in quality was very apparent. We’re a fifth-division side up against a professional team. It’s incredibly hard playing against a Bundesliga club, and the early penalty pretty much threw any plan we had out the window. The lads weren’t able to shake it off and every Gladbach attack was incisive. They went all out for the win. At the end of the day, we can be delighted to have scored a goal.