Borussia Dortmund beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 on Saturday. Here is what Marcel Schmelzer said after the game.
DORTMUND, Germany – Marcel Schmelzer, do you have a conclusion after this strange match?
“I don’t really have a conclusion from the game. We are very happy that we won the game, but the moment after the match showed again that other matters are equally important to us – that we’re still alive, and that Marc [Bartra] is feeling better and that he will soon join us at the training facilities.”
You said that it was very tough to prepare for the match on Wednesday. How was that now three days later for you?
“For me personally – and I can only speak for myself here – it sadly wasn’t much better. Until we went out on the field together I couldn’t think about football. We’re constantly talking [within the team] about what happened. We’re hoping that the case is solved soon, which would help in our process of healing.”
The 3-1 win way was won in impressive fashion, which cannot be taken for granted. Did you look at the situation in the league table ahead of the game?
“Not at all. We won and that’s all we could do. It’s still in our hand since we’re still playing Hoffenheim and it’s on us to not drop any points in the meantime.”
Is it fun at the moment to play football?
“Football is rather fun than hard work for us at the moment. I think you could see the joy of playing today in the first half because we’re happy to be here and we’re happy to play football here. We’re also happy that Marco [Reus] is back. He’s an absolute leader and an important player of our team. It’s tremendous fun for me personally to play with him.
A lot of automatism grew between us over the years and we need very few words to understand each other. Especially with Nuri [Sahin] and Sven [Bender] on the [left] side we had six, seven years of experience in playing together today.”
Was the celebration in front of the Yellow Wall after the match especially emotional today?
“It was a 90-minute long distraction for me in comparison to Wednesday but afterwards everything (the feelings) that were suppressed for 90 minutes came back. Especially, in front of this Yellow Wall with Marc’s jersey and fans chanting Marc’s name. It was definitely a moment where we felt goosebumps. I think this will bring us closer together as a team.”