We spoke to Yann Sommer after his strong performance against Bayer Leverkusen.
Yann, you had a great game against Leverkusen’s dangerous attackers and we won thanks to Alassane Plea’s goal. How did you find the game?
Sommer: It was a good performance, and it’s always three important points when you win in Leverkusen. We fought for the three points, defended well, and had that bit of luck in the key moments. We deserved to win. We’re obviously glad that we’ve got an attacker with Alassane’s quality.
You pulled off a few spectacular saves, had the most touches, and played a big part in the away win. How would you rate your performance?
Sommer: We played well in the first half, we had the game by the scruff of the neck in the first 20 minutes. We eased the burden on ourselves and we were keeping the ball better than we did in the second half. Leverkusen were coming at us the whole time, it was difficult.
Why could you not keep the pressure off in the second half, too?
Sommer: We didn’t want to sit back too much in the second half as we knew that Leverkusen would throw everything at it with their quality attackers. We couldn’t really stop the pressure. We need to take a look at the things that we didn’t do so well, but we’ll enjoy the victory in our first game back first.
There were two penalty shouts for Leverkusen in the second half, what did you think?
Sommer: There was no way that the first one with Kai Havertz was a penalty as I got to the ball first. There was a little bit of contact in the second one with Leon Bailey, but it was never enough for a penalty. The referee got everything right.
How much momentum does the win give you for the upcoming games?
Sommer: The win gives us a lot of self-confidence. They’re three big points against Leverkusen, and we want to build on them against Augsburg. Augsburg will be no less-difficult than every other Bundesliga game.