Mönchengladbach - Borussia Mönchengladbach's midfielder Juan Arango has fired an ominous warning to the rest of the Bundesliga in the wake of his side's 3-0 victory at home to Hannover 96.
Despite travelling from Japan and arriving back in Germany the day before the game, Arango's intuitive link-up with fellow South American Raffael and new forward Max Kruse looked worrying for future opponents. He discussed the team's new-found attacking fluidity, as well as his love for the Gladbach fans after the game...
Question: Was that a particularly difficult game for you after travelling for so long?
Juan Arango: It’s what I get paid for - air travel makes things a bit more simple, even if it's still tiring.
Question: The quality in the team is certainly there this season, that’s unquestionable. You struggled at times against Bayern on Matchday 1, but this was an excellent performance. Is this what people should come to expect from Gladbach?
Arango: Yes, today showed just the type of football we are capable of playing. It’s still early in the season and against Bayern we struggled to be as clinical and effective as we’d have liked, but obviously there’s more to come. We had more opportunities in this game and therefore more goalscorers. The team’s very pleased with the performance and result.
Question: As we’ve touched upon, would you agree today showed more movement and quality than last week? As a triumvirate, you, Raffael and Max Kruse looked sharp and seemed to have a good understanding.
Arango: That’s a natural progression from getting to know each other better as a team.
Question: Is that limited to the pitch?
Arango: No no, I get on really well with Raffael both on and off the field.
Question: What are your feelings about Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Matchday 3?
Arango: Going away to Leverkusen is never easy. We’ll have to play well but we’ve got a good team capable of doing some impressive things, and we owe it to ourselves and the fans to keep getting better and better.
Question: You mentioned the fans - how did it feel when they were chanting your name?
Arango: It’s an honour, their support is fantastic week-in, week-out. You can’t compare it exactly, but I’m treated here like I am with the national team.
Markus Hoffmann reporting from Borussia Park