We gathered the reactions from Thursday’s 2-1 win over AS Roma in the Europa league.
Lars Stindl: We believed we could win right up until the end, I think it was noticeable tonight. We put a lot into it. At the end of the day though, it was very messy game on both sides. Both teams had chances to decide the match. In Marcus Thuram, we are fortunate to have somebody who is scoring in almost every game right now. It is no accident that we have scored one or two last-minute goals this season, we believe in ourselves until the very end. Today, we were rewarded again for such an intense performance. We had a poor start to the Europa League group stages; we had imagined it would be different. We played really well in Rome and hoped to build on that. We really wanted to win this game.
Marcus Thuram: It was great to get the winner in added time. But of course we have the whole team to thank for the victory. We pushed for the win until the end; we never gave up and always believed that we could do it. We are so happy and the smiles will not leave our faces tonight.
Lászlo Bénes: The last-minute goal was unbelievable. We played really well right from the start and kept on fighting after they equalised. We created a lot of chances and always believed we could win, then we made it 2-1. That is what football is all about. Sometimes you score in the first minute, sometimes in the last.
Jonas Hofmann: I don’t think anybody expected us to score that goal at the end. Just like the match in Rome, the last-minute goal was worth its weight in gold. We believed in ourselves today. The equaliser was a bit of a setback, but I am so proud of the way the team fought back. We now want to take it all in and carry the momentum to our next game. It is going so well at the moment, although we know we have to keep working, despite all the joy. I trust the team to handle it properly.
Denis Zakaria: It was a high-intensity game and we are so happy to take all three points at the end of it. We have two games left in the groups stages. If we win them both, we go through. It was so important that Marcus scored that goal today. He is a great guy, a little crazy maybe, but what he brings to the pitch is phenomenal.
Paulo Fonseca (AS Roma coach): We were in control in the second half, we brought it level and created a few chances to score that we should have taken, but we missed them. We needed to concentrate up until the final whistle, but we didn’t. Then the goal came from a set-piece. It is hard to accept defeat, but these things happen in football.