Mönchengladbach - It might take a while yet for all concerned at FC Augsburg to come back down from cloud nine after die Fuggerstädter made club history by securing a maiden spot in the group stages of the UEFA Europa League on Saturday.
bundesliga.com rounds up the post-match reaction to the modest Bavarian outfit's unforgettable 3-1 win over a Borussia Mönchengladbach side gracious in defeat...
Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg: “FC Augsburg finishing fifth in the Bundesliga - you have to savour that. It’s amazing, it’s awesome, you can’t put it into words.”
Daniel Baier: “That was a rollercoaster, it’s mad that we’ve managed to do it. We capped off a sublime season. News of other results was reaching us on the pitch and when Schalke went behind we really went for the win and we’ve been rewarded for it.”
Halil Altintop: "I had the feeling from day one that Augsburg were capable of something bigger. Now we've caused a real stir and qualified directly for the Europa League. It's amazing - how everyone has performed, and how many fans travelled to Gladbach - that was phenomenal!"
Granit Xhaka: “We’re obviously disappointed not to have won the game. We wanted to win, but unfortunately we weren’t able to do that. I was brought off in the first half because I would have been sent off with my next foul. Still, we can be proud of what we have achieved. It’s been an amazing season.”
Christoph Kramer: “We came up against a good Augsburg side, but we didn’t have our best day. It was the perfect send-off for me, despite the result. Finishing third is the perfect way for me to sign off. This season was a successful conclusion to two fantastic years at Borussia.”
Andre Hahn: “I knew it would be difficult against Augsburg. I know Augsburg and I know how they play. We were perhaps missing a bit of oomph with a man less. We shouldn't let the defeat dampen the party spirit though. No-one thought we'd finish third at the start of the season. Of course I knew that Borussia were on the right track, that's why I decided to join Gladbach, but I didn't expect to qualify for the Champions League. Celebrating with the fans was amazing - they've got right behind us all season - whether we've been at home or away. It's been fun and we've all earned it together - the team, the fans, the whole club. I've got goosebumps."
Filip Daems: “It was nice to be in the squad. Obviously it would have been nice to have come on, but it was a great send-off. It was an amazing feeling to see the fans give me a send-off like that. Unfortunately we didn’t win the game, but the result was academic. The season's over now and I’m looking forward to a new challenge.”