Santiago Garcia went straight in at the deep end against Hamburger SV on Matchday 6
Santiago Garcia went straight in at the deep end against Hamburger SV on Matchday 6

Garcia: "We were the better side"

Hamburg - Three points and a northern derby victory over Hamburger SV: it was certainly a Bundesliga debut to savour for Werder Bremen left-back on Saturday.

After the game, the 25-year-old Argentinian spoke to about the importance of the win, life in the Bundesliga and with 1. FC Nürnberg. Herr Garcia, congratulations on your winning debut. How do you feel?

Garcia: I'm over the moon, above all because we won the derby. We played really well in the first half, we were the better side and deserved to win. Were you pleased with the performance?

Garcia: It was OK. We all a bit sloppy in the second half. We have to do a little better, but the main thing was to take the three points. There must have been a lot of pressure on the team following three successive defeats.

Garcia: We're under pressure every game. Maybe even a little more so in the derby because the meeting’s such a big deal for all concerned. The win gives us the necessary level of self-confidence for the next game. Had you already been told how important the game against Hamburger SV is?

Garcia: Yes, of course. This game is much more important for the fans and city than it is for the team. It's the same with the derbies in Argentina. I really, really enjoyed it. What would you say the differences are between the German and South American or Italian game?

Garcia: Of course, the game is very different compared to South America or Italy, but all styles have their merits. So I wouldn't say one was better or worse than the other. I just want to settle in to the Bundesliga quickly. Hamburg was a good start. So are we going to see you in the starting line-up in the next home game against Nürnberg?

Garcia: I'm not thinking about that. I'd like to enjoy my debut and celebrate the win with the team. We'll have too see what happens next week.

Interview by Michael Reis