We round up all the reaction to Sunday’s 3-0 home win against Fortuna Düsseldorf.
Yann Sommer: "The win feels very good. It has been a difficult week for us after the defeat in Freiburg and then the hammering against Leverkusen on Wednesday. We were angry and disappointed and had to show a reaction as a team today. You saw from the start that we hadn’t completely shaken off the last two games, but all things considered we played a good game and created some very good chances. We were lucky a few times in the first half that Düsseldorf didn’t make the most of some of their counter opportunities, but we stayed patient until Düsseldorf opened up a bit and then we took our chances. We’re very happy with the 20 points we have worked hard for so far."
Tobias Strobl: "We knew that Fortuna were strong defensively, that it would be tough and that we’d need to stay patient and calm. We lost the ball three or four times at the start and Düsseldorf could have hit us on the counter. But at some point we tired them out and for that reason the win was deserved in the end. We had many chances in the first half and should have taken the leader sooner. The game would have been less tense if we had done. Despite that, it was an absolutely deserved win and a great reaction to the last two games."
Florian Neuhaus:"We’re happy that we won 3-0 as a team and showed a reaction to the Leverkusen game. Düsseldorf have had some good games so we knew what to expect. We knew that it would be a game of patience, so we remained patient and waited for our chances. We were rewarded for that today. Now we are second in the table and can be completely satisfied with that. But next week we have another difficult match in Bremen. We need to continue working on our game and keep improving. Then we will see where the journey will take us."
Jonas Hofmann:"Of course I’m delighted to score my fifth goal of the season. There’s definitely room for a few more. Before my goal, my teammates did very well to find me in space. It was brilliant from Flo Neuhaus to spot me there unmarked. Obviously you still have to put the chance away, but it was a very well-worked goal. We took a lot of risks in the first half, but unfortunately got caught on the counter too often. It helps a lot to get a penalty in the 46th minute and then add a second goal not long after. From then on we saw the game out well.
Head coach Dieter Hecking: “We deserved to win this battle. We knew that Fortuna would bring their A game, in terms of energy and defensive work, after a few consecutive defeats and that they would try to create dangerous opportunities through Lukebakio. We tried hard to find the space in the first half, but perhaps weren’t as quick with our passing as I’d have hoped, in order to try and unsettle our opponents. At the end of the first half we had two clear chances to score, which we should have taken to give ourselves the lead. At the break, I told the team to keep up the high tempo and try and go one notch higher. The team did that excellently in the second half. Of course the penalty played into our hands.
Friedhelm Funkel (Head coach Fortuna Düsseldorf):"We played well until the second goal. But as has often been the case in recent weeks, we simply were n’t clinical enough in the final moment. We also had our chances, but at some point we have to start putting them away and start scoring goals. It’s not enough to say that we played better today and gave a better account of ourselves. For me, it wasn’t a penalty. I’m not sure what the player can do with his hands there. The ball hits Ayhan from three or four yards out and he tries to block the shot. The referee should have allowed play to continue and if it was indeed a handball, the video team would have alerted him in due course. Then he would have been able to watch it again. Obviously we made a catastrophic mistake at for the second goal, which effectively put the game to bed."