Javier Hernandez (c.) says he is happy in Leverkusen and is pleased that they have now won two in a row - © © gettyimages / Alex Grimm
Javier Hernandez (c.) says he is happy in Leverkusen and is pleased that they have now won two in a row - © © gettyimages / Alex Grimm

Hernandez: 'Our hard work is starting to bear fruit'

Bremen - Bayer 04 Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez praised the "hard work" his side have put in on the training pitch in recent weeks following the Werkself's 3-0 victory over SV Werder Bremen, who were frustrated to come away empty handed.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

bundesliga.com rounds up the thoughts of the key protagonists at the Weser Stadion...

Javier Hernandez: "The key to the win was the hard work we’ve put in over recent weeks. We had a lot of chances and were very convincing today. Unfortunately I only had one opportunity in the game, but we're working really hard and it’s starting to bear fruit now. We’re a very close-knit group of players and everyone who comes onto the pitch has done well. I feel very good here in Germany, I’m very positive and have a lot of desire to do well. I never set myself goalscoring targets. If I score then it’s as a result of the effort my team-mates put in. Now we’re going to enjoy this victory after a very tough match. We've won two in a row now and want to make it three."

Lars Bender: "We managed to build on what we did against Mainz on Wednesday. We were disciplined and in the second half we played with the composure we’d been lacking until then. [On Julian Brandt’s free-kick] We've got a lot of set-piece specialists in our ranks!"

Kevin Kampl: "I'm really happy about the way we played and with the victory. We couldn't go on losing more games. It's great that I've finally scored my first Bundesliga goal. Before the match the coach said we should use our heads, and that’s what I did when I curled in my shot."

"Kevin Kampl with a souvenir after his first Bundesliga goal. Congratulations Kevin!"

SV Werder Bremen

Zlatko Junuzovic: "It's massively frustrating today. The first half was OK, but not the second. Everyone tried, but nothing worked out. We were always one or two steps off the pace. We didn't put the opposition under any pressure. The 3-0 scoreline was deserved and it could have been more."

Santiago Garcia: "The first goal was really unlucky. After that it was tough for us. Leverkusen are a top side. It wasn't our best day today [...] We have to keep working hard. We can play football and we've got a great set of lads in the team."

Clemens Fritz: "We gave Leverkusen as good as they got in the first half. We were brave going forward and were unlucky to go behind. We were right in the game, but we had no chance after the break. We came up against a really strong Leverkusen side who showed all their qualities. We were chasing the game."