Borussia Dortmund showed nerves towards the end of their 2-1 win away to Werder Bremen. Here is what coaches and players had to say.
Thomas Tuchel: “We started really well, especially in the first 15 minutes. We failed to score another after taking the lead. Then were too negligent and let Bremen back into the game and allowed an open match. Until the end, we had scoring opportunities, some sitters even, but we were too sloppy and never really managed to calm the match. We’re very upset by that. In the end, however, the joy of having won dirty outweighs that.
Because of the injuries we’re simply lacking minutes on the training ground. Maybe we’re also missing the taste of victory, as we had it today, to be more assured. I proclaimed to be happy today if we win – no matter the ‘how’. We came here to win, which is why I won’t spoil this for me.”
…on Schmelzer’s injury: “He felt his calf at halftime, which is why we took him off. It was a precautionary measure.”
…on Sokratis: “Right now he feels pain in every fibre of his body.”
…on Götze: “We opted for two out-and-out wingers today, which is why he didn’t play.”
Roman Weidenfeller: “I played well and we won. There is no reason to make a change.”
Thomas Tuchel: “I will have to disappoint Roman Weidenfeller. When Roman Bürki is fit, he will play.”
Roman Weidenfeller on the match: “It was a topsy-turvy match. We just should have closed out the match with more calm at the end. In the end, we’re happy that we’ve won. We’ve collected the first three points of the year, which is the start of our race to catch up.”
Andre Schürrle: “It took a while, but it feels great to finally have scored my first goal for Dortmund. The (centre-forward) position is suiting me and I’m feeling comfortable. The goal will give me confidence, as I’ve returned to full fitness and mental strength.”
…on the red card: “There are no two ways about it. Drobny comes out of his goal as if he wants to murder someone. It could have ended very badly, it was completely unnecessary. In my eyes, it was the clear red card.”
Clemens Fritz: “We would have had the chance to earn a point if we had defended better. We were snoozed through the first 15 minutes, but then fought until the end and showed moral. Sadly, we came away empty-handed.”
(Sources: BVB.de, Sky)