Hannover - Leonardo Bittencourt lamented Hannover 96's lack of an out-and-out striker in the 3-0 victory to Borussia Dortmund, whose own in-form forward Robert Lewandowski considered the win to be ideal preparation for a certain Revierderby against FC Schalke 04 next week.
bundesliga.com rounds up the post-match reaction from the HDI Arena...
Robert Lewandowski: It was a very difficult game, especially in the first half because they defended well. The goal we scored just before half-time was good for us, but we also knew it wouldn't be enough. We knew we needed at least one more goal and once we scored that, it got easier for us. This win will give us confidence for the derby on Tuesday [against FC Schalke 04].
Marco Reus: This was a really important win ahead of the derby next week, especially after losing the last two games. Making it 2-0 at the start of the second half was key. It was a great goal from Robert [Lewandowski] and it basically killed the game.
Leonardo Bittencourt: You can't just play well for 45 minutes, unfortunately. The result is tough for us to take, especially as we put so much into the first half. I want to win every game with Hannover, not just matches against my old club. If we had a proper striker from the start, we might have had a better chance. We didn’t play badly, we just didn’t score any goals.
Andre Hoffmann: I could have stopped Lewandowski and then he beat three more defenders. You just have to say it was a great goal. We played well in the first half but not well enough to actually cause them any problems. We've got another game on Wednesday [against 1899 Hoffenheim] so we need to put this one behind us.