Mönchengladbach - Another win and a record for Patrick Herrmann. Gladbach's wing menace grabbed goals number seven and eight for the season in Sunday's 2-0 triumph over Hannover 96, setting a new personal best in the process.
'It's nice to win thanks to my goals'
Half of Gladbach's ten strikes since the winter break bear Herrmann's name, goals that have accounted for 12 points after Sunday's success. It is a startling run, and one that the man himself was happy to discuss in an interview at the Borussia-Park, where he elaborated on his brilliant form and also looked ahead to the upcoming clash with FC Bayern München.
Question: Patrick Herrmann, congratulations on the win and on your personal record. How does that feel?
Patrick Herrmann: I'd hoped before the season started to break the six-goal mark and for it now to be eight is obviously amazing.
Question: You were in the right place at the right time for both of your goals…
Herrmann: It's important to have the instinct to be there. Sometimes it's at the far post, sometimes the near. It's very important for a forward because that's where you can get some good goals.
Question: How would you sum up this game?
Herrmann: We desperately wanted to win today in order to get our [third] position back. We hardly let our opponents cross the halfway line in the first half and we also played well in the second 45 minutes. It's a totally deserved win.
Question: Once again, you've fired Gladbach to victory with important goals…
Herrmann: It's obviously nice to win thanks to my goals. We all want to play well and get the points and we did a good job today.
'As a sportsman, you always want to win'
Herrmann: The competition does you good. We've got a lot of great footballers with a great deal of quality. When you have such good players around you, then you know that you've always got to go full throttle. Obviously I want to be playing in every game and things are going pretty well for me right now.
Your next game is at FC Bayern, and you've already scored against them…
I've never scored against them in Munich, though. There's no doubt that Bayern are one of the best teams in the world and it's extremely difficult to score past them. I'd have nothing against it working out for me this time, but playing in Munich against Bayern in the shape they're currently in is going to be anything but easy. It'd be nice if we could come away with a point.
Could it be a case of damage limitation?
No, it's certainly not going to come to that. As a sportsman, you always want to win, no matter how tough it is. That's the attitude we'll take with us to Munich.
What has to happen if you are to come away with something?
We've just got to ensure we don't make any mistakes because Bayern punish you mercilessly for that. We've got to keep full concentration in the tackles as that's the only way we'll have a chance. Markus Hoffmann reporting from Mönchengladbach / Translation by Ben Gladwell