We gathered the thoughts from the Gladbach players, sporting director Max Eberl and the two coaches after Saturday’s 2-1 win over Hertha Berlin.
Florian Neuhaus: We played really well in the first half and created a lot of chances, although we should have been further ahead at the break. We talked about making up for that at half time and hoped to add a second early in the second 45, which didn’t happen, but we got there eventually. It was a deserved win in the end. We’re absolutely delighted to have achieved our main goal.
Yann Sommer: We’re over the moon to have qualified for the Champions League. It’s a massive success for us and the club. We played well today and never doubted that we’d get the result. The early lead gave us confidence, although we should have wrapped the win up a lot earlier. We kept on top of the game though and ultimately deserved to win. We’ve lost a number of key players in recent weeks, but the guys who have come into the side have done a fantastic job. We’re a proper team and that is the reason for our success.
Christoph Kramer: If you pick up 65 points in a season, you deserve to be in the Champions League. It’s fantastic that we’ve managed to achieve our goal. We dealt the whole situation well and played well both before the enforced break and since coming back. Hopefully we will have fans back in the stadium by the time the Champions League anthem rings out here again.
Marco Rose: Qualifying for the Champions League is a very special moment for this club. I am incredibly proud of the boys and the club and am delighted for everyone whose heart beats for Gladbach. It’s a shame that we can’t celebrate this success with our fans. If they had been here today, BORUSSIA-PARK would have erupted. Our achievement today is for the fans first of all. I hope that they can celebrate it, wherever they are.
Max Eberl: Three weeks ago, everyone was saying that Leverkusen would qualify for the Champions League when they moved above us. We said to ourselves, if we can win our last three games, then there’s a chance that Leverkusen could drop points. That happened last weekend, with Leverkusen losing at Hertha and us beating Paderborn, putting us in the perfect position going into today. We have been very consistent throughout the season and haven’t been fazed by setbacks, so I think we deserve to finish fourth.
Hertha coach Bruno Labbadia: We gave the ball away too easily in the first half. That made life easier for our opponents and we conceded an avoidable goal early on. We were lucky not to be further behind at the break. The game turned on its head somewhat in the second half; we made tactical and personnel changes and they made the difference. We were on top, but then we conceded a second goal from a corner. The boys didn’t give up though and got a goal back at the end. All in all, it was a little bit sloppy with too many turnovers and that costs a lot of energy on a hot day like today. You have to congratulate Gladbach, they deserve to be in the Champions League.