We gathered the thoughts from the players and coaches after Borussia’s 2-0 win at Schalke on Saturday night.
Florian Neuhaus: I was a bit worried after the first goal. Chris’ shot hit my hand on the way in. I went to the referee and told him that it touched my hand, but I never intended it. I think it was the right decision to allow the goal to stand. Toto did really well for my goal – he drove at the defence, played me in superbly and with a little bit of luck, the ball went in. We know exactly what has got us to where we are in the table. However, we also know that it’s only matchday 20 and we will have to carry on working hard if we want to finish in a satisfactory position come the end of the season.
Matthias Ginter: The two teams sort of cancelled each other out in the opening half an hour. We remained patient though, didn’t allow them any real chances and denied them any good counterattacking opportunities. We knew that Schalke would get tired and then make mistakes. Lars and Toto really took advantage of the first gap that appeared leading up to the red card. We carried on playing with patience after that – our chances came and we took them. We’re delighted to have come here and taken another step in the right direction.
Lars Stindl: It was a very good away performance. We were patient and stuck to our gameplan. We barely allowed anything through at the back and our positional play in the final third was decent. We created four or five good chances, but things started getting a little tense when we couldn’t get the goal. We never gave up hope though and we got our reward. All in all, it’s a deserved victory.
Dieter Hecking: We had decent first half hour and had two good chances too where we maybe ought to have taken the lead. We made too many sloppy mistakes with the ball in the 15 minutes before the break though, which was certainly avoidable. When Nübel was sent off, we brought in three sets of fresh legs and were able to break Schalke down and get the win. We’re delighted to still be involved at the top, but it’s too early to think about anything more than that. The focus switches to Hertha from tomorrow – we can only be successful if we carry on thinking game by game.
Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco: We did a good job in the first half. We believed we could step it up in the second 45, but we were pegged back by the red card, which came from a free-kick that was taken much too far forward and that proved decisive. We threw everything into it even with ten men, but it just wasn’t enough. It’s not easy playing Borussia right now, especially when you’re a man down. We need to take the positives from today.