Summary

  • Djilobodji scored 88th-minute winner to secure Bremen's top-flight status.
  • Goal was his second since January arrival.
  • Senegal international joined Die Grün-Weißen from Chelsea FC.

Papy Djilobodji insisted he was “not really a hero” despite proving SV Werder Bremen’s saviour with the goal that kept Die Grün-Weißen in the Bundesliga.

The Senegal international defender lunged to turn in Anthony Ujah's header from close range two minutes from time of Bremen's Matchday 34 winner-takes-all meeting with Eintracht Frankfurt, ensuring Viktor Skripnik's men will be in the German top flight next season and consigning their opponents to the relegation/promotion play-off.

Despite being the focus of attention at the Weser Stadium, the centre-back was hoping to step out of the limelight after keeping Bremen in the big time.

Question: How did it feel when the ball went over the line?

Djilobodji: I can't really describe it. I can only really remember that the ball went in, and that's the main thing.

Question: After the goal, players were running around in all directions. How much of a relief was it?

Djilobodji: We just ran as far as we could. All the pressure just melted away in that moment, and the feeling of relief was huge.

Djilobodji scored his second goal of the season to secure Bremen's survival.

Question: You joined from Chelsea during the winter break, and didn't know the league or the city of Bremen very well. What are your impressions of this amazing second half of the season, and this exciting, nail-biting conclusion?

Djilobodji: I already knew the Bundesliga well as I had watched it on TV. It has really done me good to play here. I really like the club. Everyone is very, very nice here. I was welcomed with open arms, and finally we managed to achieve what everyone wanted: top-flight survival. It's a huge relief, and now we can have a holiday.

Question: You scored the goal that kept Bremen up. You're now a hero forever in the club's history. Your loan ended at the end of the season, but you can't leave the club now, can you?

Djilobodji: I can't say anything about that. We'll see what the future brings. Now it's time for a holiday. I don't want to talk about that.

Question: After such a happy ending, can you imagine staying in Bremen?

Djilobodji: I am not really a hero. I don't want to talk about that now. I'm exhausted after a long season.

Question: We now know how well you can play, but we still don't know how well you celebrate…

Djilobodji: I would like to celebrate quietly, not like my team-mates [laughs].