bundesliga.com heard what those most involved, the players, made of the encounter...
1. FSV Mainz 05
Nicolai Müller: We wanted to start well, Bremen are known for their excellent players and they showed that at the end. Thank heavens we picked up three points. I felt good after the injury, it all went well up until the 70th minute when I started to feel a bit of pain in my foot, but I made it through. The last ten minutes could have been even more painful if we'd lost.
Loris Karius: We really imposed ourselves early on, and two goals after 17 minutes definitely helps. We were forced to defend for a long time in the second half and, not just today, but in the last few matches we've really shown our fighting spirit. Obviously, I always want to help the team to do as well as possible, and stopping the ball going in is my job.
SV Werder Bremen
Clemens Fritz: Maybe we underestimated Mainz, they're a good side, and although we gave 100 per cent right to the end, it wasn't enough. We could have rescued a point, but it wasn't to be. Going on, we need to make the most of our chances and intensity, another goal would have picked up a point. We scored twice, but lost the game, and that's that.
Sebastian Mielitz: We didn't show our best today, and it certainly wasn't my best performance. I can only apologise to the team and the fans, for the first goal I shoulder complete responsibility, but I'll come back stronger. I can't run away, but we almost completed the wonder on the Weser. Mainz were excellent, even though we fought with real passion and the fans supported us as loudly as ever. I want to apologise to them and my team again.