Mönchengladbach - Heung Min Son was delighted with a rare distance goal which was the fruit of hours of practice while older heads Simon Rolfes and Martin Stranzl admitted it had been a tactical chess match, edged 1-0 by Leverkusen.
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bundesliga,com serves up the post-match reaction from the Borussia Park Stadion...
Heung Min Son: That was an important goal and I'm really, really happy. It was a good shooting position for me to be in and I had the time to pick my spot. I often practice that after the game, and today it paid off. We were also lucky, but everybody could see how much passion we put into it.
Simon Rolfes: It was an important game for both sides tonight, which is why it was so tactical, particularly in the first half, and both teams seemed to cancel each other out. In the second half, it was a far more lively match and I think we deserved to win it. Of course it's a great win for us in terms of the chase fo the Champions League. It was important to beat a direct rival. Gladbach are very strong, but we've still got a lot of work to do.
Martin Stranzl: It was a tactical game and there weren't that many chances. Whoever scored the first goal would go on to win it, and we lost the ball and they broke quickly with Son placing his shot well and that was decisive. Things are not happening so easily for us at the moment and I think you can see that.
Christoph Kramer: This was our third defeat of 2014 and of course we're not happy about it. Only small things are lacking and I'm sure we would have won this game in the first half of the season. It was special for me to play against my former club.