Borussia Dortmund won one of the most exciting Revierderbies in recent memory, 3-2, in the Westfalenstadion on Sunday.
Here’s what the derby-heroes had to say after the game (sources: bvb.de, derwesten.de, ruhrnachrichten.de).
Thomas Tuchel: “In the first half, we were very dominant and patient. It took us a while, however, until we used the half-spaces better. After the break our game was a bit more free and assured. We had better spacing, were even more dominant and defended very well.”
Tuchel (on the two goals BVB conceded): “Mats [Hummels] defended the 1-1 exactly as we want him to. Sadly, he just made a wrong decision. And their second goal happens once every six months. A general critique of our defending is out of the question.”
Michael Zorc: “When you win the derby you don’t have to have something to gripe about. We would’ve deserved a bigger win, because we were played dominantly and, especially in the second half, very well. We could have made it 4-1 or 5-1 between the 46th and the 70th minute, had we taken our chances better. But I’m very, very satisfied.”
Zorc (on the Bundesliga table): “We aren’t dreamers. It was important for us to take an eight-point lead over third place. That’s an enormous accomplishment. We’ve got 29 points, that would make us league leaders in England, Spain and Italy. But Bayern Munich aren’t playing along [laughs]. It is what it is and we’re more than happy with the way the season is going for us so far. My compliments to the coaching staff.”
Julian Weigl: “I think we played very well until the 3-1. We had control, a lot of possession and found solutions. Then we concede the 3-2 on a counter. That can happen, but Schalke pressured us after that, they had the momentum. In that phase our fans helped us, they pushed us forward time and time again.”
Weigl (on the atmosphere of the derby): “You can feel the entire week leading up to the game how important this game is for the fans and the whole city. That’s why I was a bit tense and nervous before the game. That stopped with the first touch of the ball, though, and one simply soaked in the energy of the crowd.”
Matthias Ginter: “We knew that Wolfsburg and Lerverkusen had lost, that Gladbach only managed a point and that we were meeting a direct opponent in Schalke. It was a six pointer, we wanted to extend our advantage, and that worked out very well. We’re happy because the win was very important.”
Ginter (on the game): “We knew how Schalke play, they played with six at the back at times today. We found it difficult at first, with long balls as well. But we always tried to break through on the wings and that worked out a number of times. After all, we had the chances to kill the game sooner.”