After the 4-1 home victory against Hannover 96, Michael Lang spoke about his first Bundesliga goal for Die Fohlen, Matthias Ginter’s unfortunate injury and the current Bundesliga standings.
Michael, you scored your first Bundesliga goal in Gladbach colours against Hannover. How did it feel?
Lang: I’ve been waiting to score my first goal for a few games, so I’m very happy that I managed it – especially at home. But the win against Hannover is even more important. It was an excellent day for myself and the whole team. It’s a nice feeling, and I hope that I’ll get another goal soon.
How do you remember the build-up to the goal?
Lang: It was an ice-cold finish. I just ran through and then was a bit surprised that Tony played me through – I didn’t expect the ball to get through to me. Then suddenly I was alone in front of goal. I had a quick look and saw that the goalkeeper, Michael Essen, had his legs open. There wasn’t really anything else on but nutmegging him. It was a great time to score. Going 2-1 up just before the break helped us in the second half.
How do you rate the team’s performance against Hannover?
Lang: Obviously we started badly, but then we showed our mental strength. The goal to put us into the lead just before half time gave us self confidence going into the second half. We showed a few great pieces of play after the break and deserved to win the game. The fans also helped us with their support. Our fans are great.
There was an unlucky collision between Matthias Ginter and Noah Sarenren Bazee – what did you think at the time?
Lang: It all happened so quickly on the pitch. Sarenren Bazee hit Matthias at about 25mph; he just wanted to shield the ball. It didn’t look good at all. It looked like his eye had been affected. We have a super squad, though, and Tony Jantschke had a great game when he came on. We need every player, so we’re hoping that Matthias is back fit as soon as possible.
Borussia have 26 points on the board after the game against Hannover and sit in second place. What’s possible this season?
Lang: It’s very open this season. There are some really good teams who have aspirations to be up there. We’re also one of these clubs and we also want to stay at the top. You can’t just sit back and switch off. The players who played against Hannover have to rest up quickly so that we can continue at full speed. It’ll be a very difficult away game in Leipzig next weekend. We want to go into the upcoming games with the self-confidence that we’ve built up and get as many points as possible on the board before the winter break.