We gathered the thoughts from the players and coaches after Gladbach’s 2-1 loss in Dortmund.
Yann Sommer: It was a tight game, but we lacked a stroke of genius in attack. You could see how much respect the two teams had for each other early on. There was a lot of disciplined defensive play so there weren’t many chances for either side. However, moments of magic from Jadon Sancho and Marco Reus made the difference in the end.
Patrick Herrmann: Both teams were set up very well. We focused on keeping solid at the break early on – you can only beat Dortmund if you defend well. We did that and didn’t give anything away apart from the two goals and their free-kick that hit the post. But even in spite of tonight’s result, it was a great first half of the season. We’ve really showcased ourselves as a team.
Thorgan Hazard: It would have been great to get a result here, but we knew just how tough a game it would be. I think it was a fairly even first half and it was really important to get a leveller before the break. We struggled a little in the second half though. Dortmund are a quality side and have a lot of players who can make the difference. They take full advantage of mistakes. Now we head into the winter break and will rest up so that we can carry on our success in 2019.
Dieter Hecking: When you have a football match being played at the level that we saw today, the little things will make the difference. The tiniest lack of accuracy or a loose touch can be crucial. It wasn’t a bad performance overall, but ultimately we made more of those little mistakes than Dortmund, and they punished us. It’s a fair result I think – Dortmund were a little more incisive in the final third. It was a good first half of the season. Now we will recover and aim to come back just as strong in the second half of the campaign.
Dortmund coach Lucien Favre: I think it’s a fully deserved win and 2-1 is a fair scoreline. We had more possession, were the better side and had more chances than our opponents. I’m very happy with the three points and my team’s performance.