Dortmund - On the ropes and nursing a three-match losing headache in all competitions, Borussia Dortmund hit back on Matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions League with a potentially decisive 3-1 victory over Group F adversaries SSC Napoli.

After the game, midfielder Nuri Sahin summed up the mood in the Dortmund dressing room, before praising the never-say-die qualities of team-mate Sven Bender and casting an eye over his side’s winner-takes-all finale in Marseille.

Question: Nuri Sahin, you look somewhat tired, but you must be very happy?

Nuri Sahin: The win against Napoli was massively important, for our mental state as much as our points tally. It was also really important in terms of the group standings. We've gained two goals with this result. We can all be really happy. I’d have liked it even more if we hadn’t conceded, but we got what we set out to do - that’s what counts in the end.

Question: Do BVB need to be more clinical with their chances? It was a problem last time out against Bayern and again against Napoli.

Sahin: That’s a fair assessment, but even though we’ve been in the business a long time, we still have a young team. We have even more potential going forward and making the most of our chances is something we can and have to work on. We always go through good spells, but we have to put the ball away.

Question: You're not exactly short of chances...

Sahin: If you look at how our forwards got at Napoli, you can see the fear and anxiety it caused our opponents, but we have to exploit that and score goals. Besides, there’s always the chance the opponent will come back into the game – like when Napoli pulled one back to make it 2-1. When it all goes wrong, you end up with a draw. That’s when we give ourselves a kick up the backside.

Question: Speaking of heavy blows: Sven Bender played up until the last with a broken nose. What did you say to 'Iron Manni‘?

Sahin:(Laughs) I offered him my facemask. No, but seriously: Manni is simply an unbelievable person, a real fighting example, but he earned his medal for bravery years ago, not against Napoli. I take my hat off to him. He’s a really cool guy and someone you can really rely on in any situation. You couldn’t ask for a better team-mate. I’m really happy he’s part of this team.

Question: With the 3-1 win over Napoli, BVB have given themselves a good chance of getting out of the group. Victory in Marseille would definitely take you through to the next round...

Sahin: We’ve worked really hard and earned it. Now it’s all in our hands, but I expect a really tough assignment in Marseille. They've got nothing to lose. They’ll just want to enjoy their final game in the Champions League. That’s always dangerous.

Question: Is the win and progression now a must for BVB?

Sahin: Of course, we really want to be in the Champions League over winter and go through to the last 16. We want to be there without having to rely on Arsenal or Napoli. We want to see it through.

Interview by Dietmar Nolte/ adaptation Christopher Mayer-Lodge