Nevertheless, that solitary effort from Robert Lewandowski was still enough to earn the Westphalians a third straight league win this season, to the relief of everybody in the Signal Iduna Park not wearing a green shirt.
bundesliga.com collates the best quotes from Friday night's matchday 3 opener.
: I’ve seen it all before - Bremen did well, but we had all the chances so it was up to us. We could have made it easier for ourselves earlier on by taking our chances, but in the end, it was fully deserved. We have a certain degree of dominance in our game and it’s going to be the case quite often that teams stick all their men behind the ball and defend, but we aren’t complaining. If we defend so well ourselves, then not much is going to go against us at home.
: I was delighted with my goal, but we really should have scored three or four in this game. We had many good chances which we should have made more of and we’ve got to work on that.
: Dortmund really put us under pressure. We lost possession too quickly, which is why Dortmund kept coming back at us. That makes it very hard to defend. We’ve shown in all three games we’ve played so far this season that we do everything to defend our goal and we did that again over a long period of time today.
: Of course Dortmund deserved to win, but we know that BVB are going to be challenging for the title and it’s hard to get points against a Champions League finalist. But we also saw that we can defend well and hold our own.
: We may not have done well going forwards, but we were very strong at the back. In the first half, we were able to relieve the pressure at times, but in the second half, we mainly played long balls. We had no decent attacks in the entire game and BVB had many good chances, which is why they deserved to win in the end.
: We have improved as a team and we have the right mentality. Everybody works for each other and wants to help. We now just have to hope that we can become more clinical in attack.