Wolfsburg - Max Kruse was VfL Wolfsburg's match-winner against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim with the first hat-trick of his professional career – his first goals in a Wolfsburg shirt.

After the game, the forward spoke about adapting to his new role and Wolfsburg's upcoming challenges and reflected on a very satisfactory week following his exploits for Germany in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying.

Question: Max Kruse, your first goals for Wolfsburg and your first hat-tick too. It doesn't get much better than that...

Max Kruse: Yes, that's true. I got three great assists and hit the ball well each time. It's a great feeling, but this was just the beginning. I've never scored a hat-trick, so it's something new for me.

Question: Tell us what you made of the game...

Kruse: When you're 2-0 up, then you've got to play down the clock. Instead, we conceded an equaliser at the start of the second half and that was frustrating, and a bad time to concede too. But we showed how desperate we were to win it, and overall, it was a very determined and passionate performance from us.

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Question: You could have had a fourth goal late on with a great chance. Would have been too much of a good thing?

Kruse (smiles): I've had two really nice moments this week and of course I'm delighted with them, so I think in the end I can live with these three goals.

Question: You played in a slightly different position. It seemed to work really well. What did Dieter Hecking say to you this week and was this a result of the slight criticism you've received recently?

Kruse: We had a bit of a one-to-one where's he explained my new role to me. I'm expected to play even further up the field, almost as a second striker next to Bas Dost. It worked really well. But it's not like I'd been playing really badly before, and I don't think you can say I wasn't giving it my best.

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Question: You've finally found your feet in Wolfsburg after scoring here. Did your goal for Germany give you an extra boost?

Kruse: It's obviously nice to come back to Wolfsburg with a goal under your belt, but that's no guarantee things will go just as well for your club. Like I've said, I've been playing pretty well recently, even if I wasn't getting any goals. The coach and I sat down and worked out together how I can be that bit more dangerous in front of goal. This was just the beginning, and it wasn't a bad one either. But if I were to settle for this, then I'd be getting it all wrong. We've got lots of games coming up and things move on swiftly.

Question: Indeed, next week you're back in Champions League action against PSV Eindhoven, and then you're up against Darmstadt. What's the biggest challenge going to be?

Kruse: That's hard to say. Darmstadt are looking very strong at the moment, but PSV aren't in the Champions League by fluke. They're going to be two completely different games and both are going to be very difficult. We're focusing first on Eindhoven, of course, and we'll try to get a good result from that to boost our chances in the Champions League. Then we'll head to Darmstadt, where we definitely won't be facing a team who'll be open and keen to play us at our own game. We've got to find a way of breaking them down.

Dennis-Julian Gottschlich reporting from Wolfsburg