Summary

  • Schürrle praises Dortmund's fighting spirit after Klassiker win.
  • Made only his third start of the season following injury.
  • Wants to "pick up as many points as possible" before the winter break.

The 95th Klassiker of the Bundesliga era could not have gone much better for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Andre Schürrle.

Making his first Bundesliga start since Matchday 2 following injury, the 26-year-old played his part in a memorable 1-0 win over defending champions FC Bayern München that gives BVB's title aspirations a timely boost with only five matches to go until the winter break.

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Question: Andre Schürrle, how does it feel to get the better of Bayern in front of your own fans again?

Andre Schürrle: Really good! Looking at the table, it's a massive win for us. Everything's looking good for us again. Now we've really got to go full throttle so that we pick up as many points as possible between now and the winter break.

Watch: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reflects on Dortmund's Klassiker win:

Question: Are wins against Bayern particularly special?

Schürrle: Absolutely! Even though we're Borussia Dortmund and we set out to win, a win like this is really special - especially as not many thought we could do it, given our current situation. So a win like this does us the world of good.

Question: You're only three points behind Bayern now, and six behind leaders RB Leipzig. How open is the title race?

Schürrle: We shouldn't pay too much attention to the table. We have to focus on our upcoming games. We have to make sure we find our flow again and let the ball do the talking. If we do that, I'm sure we'll string a good run together between now and the winter break.

Schürrle (l.) ran his socks off at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK. © imago

Question: You said yourself not many people thought you had a win like this in you. How difficult was it on the pitch?

Schürrle: It was extremely difficult, but we knew before the game that we were going to have to suffer. That's what happened. We started well, and played well on the counter, but Bayern dominated from the half-hour mark and had a lot of the ball. We had to fight and really had to throw ourselves into every tackle. We defended well - in our box and from crosses. At the moment, not much is going for us on the ball. That's why we had to bring the fight and that's what we did. We played like real men out there and that's exactly what we wanted.

Question: Bayern cranked up the pressure in the second half…

Schürrle: We wanted to ease the pressure and attack earlier, but we did so much chasing back at the end of the first half that we weren't able to counter much. We wanted to attack earlier and get more men forward. We had a great chance through [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang straight after the restart. It's hard to hang with Bayern on the pitch, but it was great the way we all ran for each other. It feels really good.

The Germany international was full of praise for good friend and BVB teammate Mario Götze (l.) after the game. © gettyimages / Stuart Franklin

Question: The win must feel especially good for Mario Götze, who registered his first assist of the season with his pass for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang...

Schürrle: You could see it in him and you could see it after the goal - it was like a release for him. It'll do him the world of good. We see what great form he's in in every training session. A lot more is going for him. Now he has to carry the momentum with him, but I'm sure he will. It's important for us and important for him.

Question: How much has this win taken it out of you physically? You've got a Champions League game against Legia Warszawa on Tuesday.

Schürrle: That's exactly why we have such a big squad. We've got two days to recuperate, look after ourselves, sleep and eat well. We've also got a lot of players like me who were out injured for a while. In that respect, every minute you get to play helps. We want to put in another top team performance on Tuesday and also have enough in the tank to really go for it for the full 90 minutes.

Watch: Marcel Schmelzer reflects on Dortmund's 'special night':

Question: You beat Legia 6-0 in the reverse fixture. Do you expect a similar result on Tuesday?

Schürrle: You've all seen the progress Legia have made. They played really well at home to Real Madrid last time out. It's never easy in the Champions League, and it wasn't in the reverse fixture; we just did a very good job. If we play well with the ball, I'm confident we'll be celebrating another win with our fans on Tuesday.

Dietmar Nolte reporting from Dortmund