Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler was a happy man after his side's victory over Dortmund - © © gettyimages / Stuart Franklin
Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler was a happy man after his side's victory over Dortmund - © © gettyimages / Stuart Franklin

Adler: 'It was a lot of fun'

There was joy in the Hamburger SV camp and frustration among the Borussia Dortmund squad following HSV's 3-1 victory on Friday evening.

Hamburg 3–1 Dortmund

Goals: 1-0 Lasogga (19’), 2-0 Holtby (41’), 3-0 Hummels o.g. (55’), 3-1 Aubameyang (86’)

Rene Adler (Hamburg goalkeeper): “We put in a really good performance over long periods of the game tonight. I was pleased to play my part because winning today was a crucial result. We won today as a team. We want to win every game, whether it be at home or away. Today simply proves that when everyone gives 100 per cent we can win any game. Playing on a Friday evening in front of a sell-out crowd – it was the perfect stage for playing football. It was a lot of fun.”

Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Hamburg striker): “I think that we’ve shown in the last couple of weeks that we can play really good football, but there’s something about Dortmund that brings out the best in us. They’re our favourite side to play against and now we’ve got the derby to look forward to. We're happy and gave our all today and are knackered now. The way I took the penalty is the way I feel most comfortable. I was pleased to have opened the scoring which was important for us. We played against Batman so the only one who could beat him today was Superman. I think it’s good to have a little fun with it all. We had 11 Supermen out on the pitch today.”

Lewis Holtby (Hamburg midfielder): “It was a hard-fought win for us today. Dortmund didn’t make it easy for us. We succeeded as a team – I can only compliment my team-mates. We’ll enjoy the win today but tomorrow we’ll recover and then look ahead. We can’t make a big fuss about this otherwise we won’t get anything in Bremen next week.”

Marcel Schmelzer (Dortmund defender): “I think we played really poorly in the first half. We allowed our opponents far too much room and didn’t make the most of our opportunities in their half. We made a lot of individual errors. We’ve got to look at ourselves. We expected a lot of ourselves following the international break and didn’t deliver on what we wanted to do.”

Roman Bürki (Dortmund goalkeeper): “It’s difficult to work out what happened so soon after the game. We weren't aggressive enough today. It was one of our worst games this season and we only have ourselves to blame. [Ahead of the first goal] I came out to close the angle down and prevent him striking at goal, but I think it’s fair to say that you can give it. We had a bad day at the office today, but there’s no point in us dwelling on the result. We’ve got to analyse the match, work out where we went wrong and move forward.”