Speaking after the final whistle, the 23-year-old reflected on a hugely entertaining, if topsy-turvy, encounter.
Question: Yoshinori Muto, are you satisfied at scoring three goals? Or are you disappointed you did not get a fourth?
Muto: It would have been good if I’d got four as the team would've won the game. But we were 3-2 down, so it’s good that we managed to draw.
Question: Are you happy with the point?
Muto: No, not at all. We were 2-0 up and then gave away three goals. That’s something we need to improve on. It would've been a waste to have scored and still lost the game. We need to learn from this match for our next games.
Question: After you were injured on Matchday 10, were you in pain during this game?
Muto: I did have some pain but once the match started I didn’t want to use it as an excuse. It helped that I was able to score.
Question: Mainz have not played well recently but there were signs of improvement here…
Muto: We’ve lost a lot of points recently and we need to address that as a team. Today we were winning 2-0 and then losing 3-2, but we didn't give up and got the third goal. I think it was good because it motivates us to play better in the next match.
Question: You scored in the last minute. How important is it to be mentally strong?
Muto: We were behind and I’m so happy that I scored the goal that saved my team. I think we got this result because we tried right until the very end. The team’s spirit was amazing.
Question: You are only the second Japanese player after Naohiro Takahara, to score a hat-trick in the Bundesliga…
Muto: I’m really happy with that - I didn’t know that I’m the second one. I’m delighted that’s the case, but I just want to keep scoring for the team.