We gathered the reaction from the players and coaches after Borussia’s 3-1 win over Werder Bremen on Sunday.
Matthias Ginter: We knew exactly what to expect today, but it was hard work to get into the game with the busy schedule we’ve had recently. We managed to go 1-0 up from a set piece though and then scored a second more or less straightaway, yet it was still an open game. We were lucky that Bremen didn’t get a goal back sooner otherwise it would have been tense. We threw everything at it and once we made it 3-0, we knew we’d get the win.
Denis Zakaria: We’re on a bit of a roll at the moment. We’re top of the table by four points, but we still need to keep working. If we carry on in this vein, we can be up there for a while yet. Things are just clicking at the moment. Yann Sommer had a great day with a penalty save to keep us two goals clear, and Patrick Herrmann got two great goals – we just have a great team, even when this busy schedule has been anything but easy for us.
Stefan Lainer: The key is that we won today, regardless of what the table looks like. It’s obviously nice to be top and we deserve to be there because we’ve got more points than anyone else. Nevertheless, things are very tight. We know not to get carried away. We have to keep on going after the international break and prepare for our next game meticulously.
Yann Sommer: That was a huge win. Werder were starting to make life very difficult for us and that pressure culminated in a penalty. I’m really happy that I kept it out and I think it was important to deny them a way back into the game. We started to believe in ourselves again after that and got a second wind. I think we played really well despite losing two players to injury. We have real strength in depth and the lads who come in know exactly what they have to do.
Marco Rose: It was a difficult and very even game. Bremen had a number of goalscoring opportunities, but we have a fantastic goalkeeper in Yann Sommer. We implemented a lot of what we discussed before the game; we attacked with purpose and scored our goals at the right time. Yann also saved a penalty and everyone fought until the very end. The lads are doing a great job at the moment. They believe in themselves and in the system and they’re enjoying playing, which is also important. There were a couple of tricky periods today, but being top of the table almost helps us overcome them. We’re getting the rub of the green at the moment, but we deserve to have it because the boys have earned it.
Sporting director Max Eberl: We were in the game right from the onset and wanted to get another win before the international break. We played with a lot of commitment and enthusiasm. We won a lot of 50-50s, which was crucial. We’ve seen a lot of stability in these last seven games since the last international break – we also played well in the two defeats in Dortmund. There’s a lot of belief in what we’re doing. The team aren’t allowing themselves to be fazed when we concede a goal or lose a player to injury. The players coming in know what their job is and they’re doing it very well. The team spirit and unity is superb.
Werder Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt: We were beaten by Borussia’s effectiveness. They played with real confidence and they’re probably the best counterattacking side in the league at the moment. It was a good away performance by us though. Even if it’s not what people want to hear, we were the better team for large periods of the game and had more chances. We conceded goals out of nothing, but they shouldn’t be happening. At the same time, we couldn’t make the most of some great chances, plus we had a goal ruled out and missed a penalty. I’m still proud of the boys though and how they stuck to the gameplan even after the third goal. The late consolation goal was something of a reward.