Granit Xhaka (l.) has been in inspirational form for Gladbach in recent weeks and was crucial once again as they defeat Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday - © © imago / Revierfoto
Granit Xhaka (l.) has been in inspirational form for Gladbach in recent weeks and was crucial once again as they defeat Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday - © © imago / Revierfoto

Xhaka: 'We're playing with a lot of confidence'

Frankfurt - After losing their first five games of the 2015/16 campaign, Borussia Mönchengladbach made it four wins out of four in the league with a comprehensive 5-1 success at Eintracht Frankfurt. rounds up the post-match thoughts of the players and coaches following the Foals' latest victory...

Borussia Mönchengladbach

Granit Xhaka: "We’re unbeaten in four games now and it shows out there on the pitch. You can tell we’re playing with a lot of confidence at the moment. We haven’t changed an awful lot, but we’re pressing our opponents a bit more than we used to. The key difference is that we’re scoring goals. We only scored twice in the first five games, now we’ve got 14 in the last four. Hopefully we’ll keep going and start to pick up points in the Champions League too."

Andre Hahn: "I always give my all when I’m brought on as a substitute - I proved that again today. It’s wonderful to score twice in my current situation. As a striker when you’re brought on and score twice it’s a really nice feeling, particularly as I haven’t scored in quite a while. A huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders, but first and foremost I’m happy for the team and that they’ve put in such a good performance. We can travel to Turin [for the UEFA Champions League clash with Juventus] with great confidence now. We want to make a good impression."

Yann Sommer: "After our bad start to the season it was important to get four wins in a row. We’re always in our opponents’ faces, we’re confident and playing with a lot of flexibility, which makes us difficult to play against. We played with a lot of width, managed to get in dangerous positions and were ruthless in front of goal. When it’s like this, football is a lot of fun. The match in Turin is a great moment for us, but now we want to continue our good form in the Champions League and prove we can mix it with the big boys."

Andre Schubert (Gladbach head coach) : "We’re very happy about this deserved victory. After an international break flying out of the traps is never easy, but the boys coped very well today. They were focused right from the get-go. Defensively we played very well and conceded very few chances. We countered very well in the second half and made the most of the space afforded to us."

Eintracht Frankfurt

Stefan Reinartz: "We were ok in the first half, but in the second half we weren’t organised enough and gave Gladbach too much space. We thought we’d managed to work on a few things during the international break but we obviously didn’t do enough. When they made it 3-1 I think you could tell that we still wanted to score, but we left too many men forward and got hit on the counter twice. That’s our main problem: We’re conceding too many goals at the moment."

Marco Russ: "The first half was very evenly-matched and we had a decent foothold in the game. But after the break we lost our way completely. We hardly threatened in attack and left too much space in defence, which Gladbach took full advantage of."

Armin Veh (Frankfurt head coach): "Borussia played brilliantly today. We couldn’t cope with them in the first 20 minutes. They were too quick for us. We did our best, but we couldn’t prevent them from getting the ball to their wide players. After the equaliser we did ok until the interval. In the second half we wanted to get closer to their attacking players, but we didn’t even get close. When they went 3-1 up the game was all but over. We gave everything at the end, but we didn’t deserve to draw the game today."