Copenhagen - can finally call himself a UEFA Champions League player, and his debut in Europe's premier club competition could hardly have gone better.

The 20-year-old slotted seamlessly into the starting line-up in the Werkself's group stage play-off away at FC Kobenhavn on Tuesday night, creating two goals in a 3-2 win that puts Bayer on the brink of the group stages.

In an interview with bundesliga.com the Turkish international expressed his joy at finally becoming a Champions League participant, relief at settling into a new system quickly and his excitement ahead of the team's opening league game of the season, away at Borussia Dortmund.

bundesliga.com: Hakan Calhanoglu, you made your Champions League debut here in Copenhagen. How did you enjoy your first 90 minutes in the competition?

Calhanoglu: It was a really great feeling, and I'm delighted that the Champions League is finally something I can be a part of. To be picked to play and to win in my first game made it a really great evening.

bundesliga.com:Were you happy with the way you played?

Calhanoglu: Obviously you have to be happy with two assists, but I wanted to score my first Champions League goal as well. I'm happy on the whole, though.

bundesliga.com: What's your view of the result as a whole?

Calhanoglu: We started the game really well, but I think you saw that we left a lot of gaps open at the back. We need to improve on that.

bundesliga.com: At Hamburger SV, you played in a team that placed less emphasis on attack compared to here at Bayer. Is that something that will benefit you?

Calhanoglu: The coach is always the one that decides what system you play. As a player, you then just have to try to give it your best to make sure the system works. We made a few mistakes in this game, but we’ll iron those out.

bundesliga.com: The domestic season is about to begin some stern tests and a busy fixture schedule await you in the coming weeks. How will you prepare for that?

Calhanoglu: As a professional you should be able to deal with it. We have a psychology coach to help us with things like that, so it shouldn’t be difficult. We'll make sure we fill up the tank again and then we can start looking forward to the next game in Dortmund. We'll go there with a lot of confidence.

bundesliga.com: Do you think Borussia goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller is looking forward to facing you again, after you beat him with a 45-yard free-kick last season?

Calhanoglu: It's always nice to reflect on things you've achieved in the past, but you never know what's going to happen now. Dortmund have already showed this season that they have a strong team. We have to just focus on ourselves and concentrate on playing our own game.

Interview by Michael Reis