Wolfsburg - Were the season to end now, VfL Wolfsburg would be celebrating clinching a place in Europe - their aim before the season started, but one which seemed an illusion after defeat to Eintracht Braunschweig recently.
Saturday's 3-0 win over Werder Bremen was hailed as "one of the best games" by in-form Ivica Olic against a side, who admitted they had not been at the races.
bundesliga.com collates the thoughts of those involved at the Volkswagen Arena.
Ivica Olic: “When you look at the table, then it does look a lot better now. It was a pleasure to play today. We played really well from the very start and created so many chances over the course of these 90 minutes. For me, this is definitely one of the best games we’ve played since I’ve been here.”
Diego: “I think it was a fantastic game from us. We played very well, compact, scored three and we’re very happy with the three points. I hope we can win our next games here too.
Maximilian Arnold: (On his goal) "The ball could have ended up somewhere other than the back of the net. But I did strike it well and I'm glad Ivi (Ivica Olic, ed.) teed it up for me the way he did. Anyway, it went in, that's all that counts."
SV Werder Bremen
Sebastian Mielitz: “It’s hard to find the right words after a game like this. Our compact defence has been our biggest plus point of late and we were really put to the test today, and we were nowhere to be seen. Wolfsburg definitely put us under pressure, but we just let them play and never got into the game, but we will bounce back.”
Zlatko Junuzovic: “We didn’t find our way into the game at all. Wolfsburg put us under pressure from the off and made it 1-0 early on. They then had two or three more really good chances before we composed ourselves a little and had ten minutes in which we were able to create good chances ourselves and we should have scored too. We mustn’t look for excuses – it was a poor performance from us and Wolfsburg deserved to win.”
Clemens Fritz: “We didn’t have anybody up front who is really that good in the air, which is why the plan was to play the ball out coolly from the back and let the ball do the running. We’ll learn our lesson from this and do all we can to do better against Hannover next week.”
Aaron Hunt: “I’m finding it hard to pin the blame for this defeat on one position as that would be the easy way out – we were bad as a whole team today. This game showed that we still have a lot of work to do.”
Instrumental in Wolfsburg's victory even without scoring, Diego knows his way to goal, as his top five goals on the official Bundesliga YouTube channel prove: