Max Kruse's penalty opened the scoring for Borussia Mönchengladbach and set them on their path to victory...
Max Kruse's penalty opened the scoring for Borussia Mönchengladbach and set them on their path to victory...

Kruse: 'We had a bit of luck'

Mönchengladbach - Borussia Dortmund unbeaten domestic record came undone against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday afternoon, as they relinquished their position as league leaders. For Gladbach however, defiant jubilation was the order of the day.

Borussia Mönchengladbach gathers the thoughts of the lead actors.

Max Kruse: We were under the cosh in the first half, Dortmund began well and pressed outstandingly. For us at that point, it was important to remain very compact, which we did for most of the game. Then we had a bit of luck with the chances to score two goals and keep the three points here. That's what counts at the end of the day, and we've now got 13 points which no-one can take away from us.

Granit Xhaka: We were really good today, we didn't give away too many chances and countered exceptionally. Obviously this season away from home has been a different story, we've been playing well but not picking up wins. Here today though, we weren't as good as we could have been and took the three points. Whether or not Dortmund were better statistically today or not doesn't interest us after the game. Perhaps we had fewer chances, but we won, and that's what matters.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen: We didn't start well and it's difficult enough against a team like Dortmund without sitting deep. We talked about this at half-time, and, for me, we were much better in the second period. We shouldn't forget either, that Dortmund are one of the best teams in Europe. That we won by two goals speaks for our unity as a group. Two goals against BVB speak for themselves.

Borussia Dortmund

Sven Bender: We were dominant and far superior. The thing is, in football, when you don't take your chances the opposition always find their way back into the game. We were guilty of that today. We'll take the loss on the chin, not because Gladbach were superior, but because we weren't clever enough to take our chances and decide the game.

Kevin Großkreutz: We brought the loss upon ourselves through our own stupidity. Gladbach are a very good side, but despite that we were on top for 80 minutes. If we'd scored we certainly would have seen it through.

Jonas Hofmann: Football can be unfair. We obviously dominated Gladbach throughout the game today, particularly in the first-half, where our control was suffocating. That makes the loss even harder to take, but, on the other hand, we only have ourselves to blame for not taking our chances.