Stefan Kießling (l.) thanked Karim Bellarabi for a perfect assist in Leverkusen's 2-0 win at Borussia Dortmund
Stefan Kießling (l.) thanked Karim Bellarabi for a perfect assist in Leverkusen's 2-0 win at Borussia Dortmund

Kießling: 'We put in so much effort'

Dortmund - Karim Bellarabi served up the quickest goal in the history of the Bundesliga, as well as a textbook assist for Stefan Kießling as Bayer 04 Leverkusen hit the ground running in Dortmund on Matchday 1.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen rounds up their delight in storming the Signal Iduna Park, as well as Dortmund's sorrow at the false start to their season.

Stefan Kießling: I think we did well to get the system going after so little time. We're playing further up the pitch to close them down and we didn't let much pass either. We didn't have that many chances, but we put in so much effort and deserved the win. Roger Schmidt was wondering how I had the energy to make that run at the end.

Bernd Leno: I think the way we played in the first half and the way we fought in the second - we lost the power a bit but Dortmund didn't have many chances towards the end. We fought and you saw how we all celebrated - we have awesome team spirit. We weren't 100 percent last season and we fell apart a bit. We didn't take on the responsibility but today i saw 11 men out there who wanted to take on the responsibility.

Borussia Dortmund

Sebastian Kehl: Leverkusen went in front in less than seconds. I think it was a bit of a scrappy game. Nothing really happened in terms of build-up play and there were lots of long balls. I think we did okay in the first half and created a few chances, but they got the second goal at the end to kill it off. We've been looking at them closely the last few days but when you concede after nine seconds - that can't be allowed to happen.

Matthias Ginter: I was really surprised at the speed of their first goal. We never really recovered after that. We wanted to play like Leverkusen began the match for the entire 90 minutes.

Lukasz Piszczek: We had a lot of problems in the first half and weren't able to play balls in behind the Leverkusen defence quick enough. We improved in the second half, but it wasn't to salvage something from the match.