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.
'It's nice to win thanks to my 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.
Question: How do you rate your own development?
Herrmann: I think I've come on leaps and bounds. I used to be just little Patrick, but since then I've developed a lot, even at the start of the season when things were not going so well for me. But that's all part and parcel of it. I'm now at a point where, like today, I can even decide a game.
Question: There's a keen battle for places out on the wing. How do you deal with that?
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.