Borussia Dortmund advanced to the last 16 of the DFB-Pokal with a brilliant 7-1 victory over 2. Bundesliga side SC Paderborn on Wednesday.
Here’s what the head coach and players had to say after the game (Sources: derwesten.de, bvb.de, ruhrnachrichten.de).
Thomas Tuchel: “We’re of course very happy with the victory, the many chances and goals. It makes us proud that the spectators can go home delighted. We had respect for our opponent, we expected them to play bravely going forward. It took some time until we had the game under control – maybe we needed to concede to gain sharpness.”
Marcel Schmelzer: “We knew Paderborn would be confident after their two wins. It was important that we quickly equalised and played the rest of the game tenaciously. At the end it feels really good.
Schmelzer on succesful back-ups: “Gonzo [Castro] made good runs and played very well, like he did in previous games. He rewarded himself, like Adrian [Ramos] did. He really deserved his goal. Piszu (Lukasz Piszczek) scored and assisted one, too, which was important to him. One could see how delighted we were for them.”
Roman Bürki: “When I conceded I just didn’t want to punt the ball away. I ended up doing nothing, I could at least have tried some trick. It was a blackout, and I’m happy my team-mates managed to right the ship.”
Gonzalo Castro: “An evening like this is always nice. It’s special to bag a brace and assist two goals. But I played pretty well in previous games. I’ve arrived here in Dortmund for quite some time now, and with this game for good.”
Castro on rotation: “Every player is needed, we don’t have a big squad. If one or two players can’t play or have played too much, to then have other players play really well – that’s making the team and the coach feel good.”