Sven Bender praises Mats Hummels on keeping his poise after his team captain received whistles from his own fans in the interview after Borussia Dortmund’s 5-1 victory over Wolfsburg.
The winning streak since the Liverpool match is quite impressive. This was the reaction you hoped for, right?
I think that we played very, very well today. Of course it was the first time today that we could play at the end of a slower week, where we could gather our strength and were able to set different impulses in training. Today we managed to push forward for the entire 90 minutes and pretty much could realise everything on the pitch that we had planned.
During the match Mats Hummels received whistles with every touch of the ball. They quieted down throughout the game, but after the match there were defamatory chants. How did you perceive that as a teammate and friend?
First of all one has to state that Mats played well; To stay this calm and play so well is not an easy thing to do if you constantly hear whistles against your person. You have to tip your hat to that. It’s obviously not an easy situation. Still nothing is decided yet, but you have to say that Mats is a very loyal player, being at the club for eight and a half years.
Then you know that the upcoming decision is not an easy one for him. The decision, however it may turn out, will have been considered thoroughly by him. Of course we would all be happy if he stays. As I said, he is a very loyal player and won’t make that decision easy for himself.
I hope that as long as he is here – and maybe that will be for even longer – that he will receive support going forward. Because today it wasn’t everyone who whistled him. It will do him a lot of good that many supported him a well. He is still one of our players and he is a part of team and we still have some important weeks ahead of us.
Yet, he dealt quite well with it.
Yes, as I said he played very, very well today. You can only tip your hat to how well he deals with the situation. I believe it’s safe to say that the decision won’t come easy to him and that he is thinking a lot.
How did the team take the news? You surely knew before the ad-hoc announcement. And what did the team make of Uli Hoeneß’ statements last night?
The statements certainly didn’t make it any easier, but we know that there isn’t a decision yet. Why would we be on our minds any longer? We will see within the next weeks how it will pan out. For us Mats is a part of the team and we hope that he will remain a part of the team. There is nothing further to say on that subject.