Stuttgart - The 3-2 scoreline made it look a lot tighter than it was in reality, but Borussia Dortmund's delight at triumphing over VfB Stuttgart on Matchday 22 was nonetheless evident.
rounds-up the post-match quotes from another thrilling Friday evening encounter in Germany's top flight...
: "We had to battle hard tonight, but we deserved to win. I’m delighted to be scoring as much as I am right now. I’ve got the backing from the coach [Jürgen Klopp] and being shifted into the central striker position is opening up more chances for me to find the net. We’re fine when it comes to scoring goals right now, but we have to maintain our concentration at the back against Juventus. Today we slacked off a little and can’t afford that to happen on Tuesday. We’re on the right track at present and we’ve just got to keep pushing forward."
: "We’ve collected nine points from the last three games, which is the maximum on offer. However, we’ve got to be somewhat self critical today despite the win. We’re getting ourselves in front in games, but haven’t necessarily been able to keep countering the way we like to and then we end up conceding sloppy goals, like we did tonight from a late corner, which we should never allow to happen. Mental blocks can be a part of football sometimes, but the last three games have allowed us to break through that. It’s going to be a really interesting week with the Champions League and the
ahead of us. We’re going into the coming week in optimal condition. First we’ll see how things go against Juventus and then we’ll look forward to the derby against Schalke 04."
: "Of course we made hard work of the game today, but it doesn't matter how we got the win - it's incredibly important. We've managed to get three points at one of our rivals in the table and that's what matters. I'm still not completely satisfied with my own performance, though."
: "I'm happy that two of my passes led to goals, but I'm not completely happy with how I played. At VfB we've shown that we can win in difficult conditions, but I still think we've got plenty of room for improvement."
: "We're obviously happy with the three points. It was a difficult game and we made the most of Stuttgart's high-risk approach. For us, this win is an important step in the right direction."
: "We went to talk to the fans after the game because we needed to demonstrate that we care and know that they’re the most important part of this club. Obviously we know it’s difficult against Dortmund, you don’t have a lot of time on the ball and it’s a shame that after I equalised from the spot we weren’t able to hold on until half-time. We made too many mistakes and you can’t win games against teams like this if you do that. We have to stay positive."
: "The fans’ support is crucial. The fan culture in Stuttgart is fantastic and they showed that tonight. Despite the defeat they stood by us and they offered us all support after the match which is exceptional. We expected a lot of ourselves today, but didn’t manage to execute it. We lost the important 50/50 challenges and Dortmund have so much individual quality they managed to break us down and capitalise on their chances. Our situation hasn’t gotten any better, but we’ve got to keep our heads up, move forward and analyse our mistakes. [...] Tonight we finally scored twice again on home soil. We also had chances to score more even in the second half. Now it’s up to us to make sure we take the positives, learn from our mistakes and use it to start picking up points again."