Summary

  • Gladbach close gap on top four with win over Hoffenheim.
  • Xhaka thrilled with Foals' reaction to Hannover loss.
  • Nagelsmann: "We should have scored more".

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim proved tough opposition for Borussia Mönchengladbach on Matchday 31, but Foals stars Andreas Christensen, Andre Hahn and Granit Xhaka all felt the hosts fully deserved their 3-1 victory at the BORUSSIA-PARK.

Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Goals: 1-0 Toljan o.g. (7’), 2-0 Dahoud (45’), 2-1 Kramaric (54’), 3-1 Hahn (61’)

Andre Hahn (Gladbach forward): "Mahmoud Dahoud did exceptionally well for the third goal - it was a phenomenal pass. Considering the amount of chances we created today we should have scored a lot more than we did. Granit Xhaka was great as well, he's a true leader for us. We’ll give everything in Munich and do our best to get something from the game."

Granit Xhaka (Gladbach midfielder): "We didn't play well against Hannover, we have to admit that, but we were more like our usual selves today. We were playing against a good opponent but we played well. Having said that, we should have put the game to bed earlier than we did. We want to play in the Champions League next season and we'll do everything in our next three games to do that. We want to stop Bayern from winning the title next weekend!"

The win moves Andre Schubert's (pictured) side to within a point of fourth-placed Hertha Berlin.

Andre Schubert (Gladbach coach): "We need to set ourselves short-term targets. If you set a long-term one it's often difficult to achieve your ambitions. This victory has boosted our chances [of a top-four finish], but we still have three games left. It's not only nice that we've won today, our overall performance is also very pleasing. We need to prepare ourselves [for Bayern on Saturday]. We're in good form, but we’ll have to play very well to get anything from the game."

Oliver Baumann (Hoffenheim goalkeeper): "We played much better in the second half. We got forward more often than we did in the first half and created one or two good opportunities to score, but it was a disappointing result for us in the end."

Julian Nagelsmann (Hoffenheim coach): "It was an important game for Gladbach, but we still had a lot of chances. We only scored one goal which wasn’t enough for us, especially when you're playing against a team as strong as Gladbach. We were playing against a top opponent and still had six clear-cut opportunities, which isn't bad at all for a team like us."