Di Santo: 'We want to get the club back to where it belongs'
Bremen - Franco Di Santo's face had already said it all. After the Argentinian's joyous on-field celebrations, it was hardly a surprise to hear that the striker's post-match comments were replete with positivity after his brace inspired SV Werder Bremen to a vital 2-0 victory over Hertha Berlin.
bundesliga.com rounds up the post-match comments from a packed Weserstadion...
SV Werder Bremen
Franco Di Santo: "Of course I’m really happy to have kicked off the Rückrunde with two goals, but the most important thing is that the team came away with the win. The role of the coach [Viktor Skripnik] is very important because we have a mixture of experienced and young, up-and-coming players. The mix is working right now, but that’s why he’s so important because he maintains the balance in the squad. I can’t say whether I’m a complete player, and it’s certainly nice to receive such praise, but the key was picking up three points, not how I played individually. I wanted to stay on the pitch and tried talking to the coach about keeping me on. He decided against it, but it just means I’ll be fresh for midweek [against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim] . I’m very happy at Bremen. It’s one of the biggest clubs in Germany with a lot of tradition and although things aren’t going brilliantly at the moment, we want to get the club back to where it belongs." Davie Selke: "Our age doesn’t matter to the coach. He has his ideas of how we should play and he’s bringing that across. We made the most of a stunning atmosphere, which put the wind in our sails early on and allowed us to pick up a deserved victory. Our partnership [Selke and Di Santo] works. He took his goals really well and I’m delighted for him. [Thomas] Kraft did well to prevent me from scoring, but the goal will come. We’re taking it game by game and we’ll use the next two days to prepare ourselves for Wednesday."
Fabian Lustenberger: "We were lacking the final pass and those last few percentages that would have made the difference. Nothing went our way, but there’s no point dwelling on it, we just have to put it behind us and move on. Just when we started to turn things around again, Di Santo’s volley bounced into the far corner. We had a few good periods, but it was that final, decisive moment that we were missing today and you’re not going to win in the Bundesliga when that’s the case." Thomas Kraft: "It’s difficult to say Di Santo’s second goal was unstoppable. It was just strange how it popped up off the ground. It’s not about it being by two goals, but it’s the simple fact that we lost. It can’t happen like this. We have a lot of work to do. We're making too many simple mistakes, but I don’t want to talk about all the things we need to improve on. That’s for the training ground. Of course there are things that we need to do better, but I’m one of the last people that should be talking about that. It didn’t come together for us and we have to work out why, brush it under the carpet and come back stronger."
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