Borussia Dortmund beat Hamburg 3-0 on the road, remaining top of the table after MD 5. Here are the post-match quotes.
“I’m proud of my team because it wasn’t easy today. Thus far it was the toughest match we played in the Bundesliga. We didn’t expect that Hamburg would put so much pressure on us. Nobody did that so far – not even Tottenham. So if you then win 3-0 in a tough away match without conceding a goal then you have to be proud of the team. We have a lot of individual quality in the squad but we played as a team today. I’m very happy that we won today.”
Why did Dortmund manage to cope better with Hamburg’s pressure as the game went on?
“The way Hamburg pressed, it’s tough to keep that kind of intensity up for 90 minutes. We already had a few good chances to add a second goal in the first half. If we do that, things get easier for us, too. HSV also pressed well early in the second half but, again, it’s hard to keep that up over 90 minutes. We had 53 percent possession – usually, we have around 70 percent – but that also means that Hamburg had to put pressure on us for 53 percent of the match and that takes a toll on you.”
How did you see Andrey Yarmolenko’s performance today and why did you take him off?
“He’s a good player. He was involved in almost every goal. He hasn’t been with us for long and you can still see that it’s not easy for him to keep the intensity up for 90 minutes, which is why we made that substitution. We have a lot of players and we also have a lot of games. We play on Saturday and then already again on Tuesday, so if it’s possible we want to take care of our players.”
“We had a game plan but it took us a bit to get that first goal. Hamburg actually put a lot of pressure on us from the beginning, which we didn’t expect. But as the game went on we handled it well and then the goals came.”
Already seven different players scored for Dortmund. What does it say about this team?
“It doesn’t surprise me. We have a great team and a ton of guys that can score. It’s a good sign for the team.”
Five games, five clean sheets, although the high defensive line is a potential risk. Why has it worked so well?
“The style of play is what we practice all year and right now it’s all coming together. That’s all credit to our defenders and our goalkeeper to keep these clean sheets. It looks really good in the back.”
BVB have 13 points, Bayern twelve. Has the show-down for the title already started?
“The season obviously just started and we’re trying to put as many wins together as we can. So far we’re doing really well and we want to keep it up.”
Can Dortmund win the title?
“We’ll try to go out and win every single game like every other team so I don’t see why not.”
No BVB goalkeeper kept a clean sheet in the first five games. How proud are you of that record?
“Very proud, of course. I think we proved to everyone who said ahead of the season that we would play too offensively that it’s not about that but about every player on the field knowing his job. A big compliment to the entire team and the staff. We’re just a big unit when it comes to our defensive performance and we’re always good for a goal upfront. That’s why it’s going so well at the moment.”
What exactly do you do so well to concede so few goals?
“First of all the coach is setting us up very well. He tells us to already be close to our opponents when we still have the ball so we can prevent counter-attacks when we lose the ball by not awarding them any space. Often times we win the ball back after four seconds because it’s our aim for our opponents to have as little possession possible and to be unable to do anything dangerous with it.”
A comfortable 3-0 win in the end, but it looked on razor’s edge at the beginning at the first half. How important was the second goal?
“The second goal was crucial. At the beginning, Hamburg played with maximum intensity. For me as a goalkeeper, it was a big relief when we scored a third because a 2-0 is always a dangerous result. If you concede on the road the stadium will be euphoric and urge the team to an equaliser. Though we did play the clock down very well in the end.”
Jacob Bruun Larsen
How were the first Bundesliga minutes for you?
“Very hectic. The match was very hectic. I was playing in a position where I usually don’t play but if the coach needs me at left-back, I’m playing as left-back.”
What did the coaching team tell you before you were subbed in?
“That we want to keep the clean sheet. That was also my aim. I’m very happy I finished my debut winning 3-0. That’s awesome.”
You’ve been training with the senior team this season now. How is that?
“They’re all very good players and also all good guys. You can really learn a lot there from each player. I’m looking forward to every training each day and I just want to improve.”
Source: Bundesliga.com, BVB Total