Not even the Borussia Mönchengladbach players anticipated beating FC Bayern München by such a convincing scoreline on Matchday 15, the Foals' US international Fabian Johnson admitted.
Fabian Johnson (Gladbach winger): "It was always our goal to take all three points. Even though we were up against possibly the best team in the world, we went out there determined to win. The fact it went so well - perhaps we didn’t even expect that. That makes the win all the sweeter. We were brave and unlike a lot of other teams we didn’t sit back. That paid off in the end. Even though it was against Bayern, it’s still only another three points. We have to keep working hard."
Granit Xhaka (Gladbach midfielder): "We worked a lot on our tactics before the game, and our plan went really well. Obviously you need a bit of luck to beat Bayern, and we had that in the first half. You also have to be clever tactically and take the chances that come your way - we did a great job of that."
Yann Sommer (Gladbach goalkeeper): "Obviously I’m over the moon that we won the game. We switched things up and played with a back three - it worked well. We also played really well in the second half. We knew we had to look for space behind Bayern’s back four, it’s really tight in midfield and difficult against them. It was crucial that we took our chances because you don’t get many against Bayern. When the game goes like it has today and we’ve beaten a team like Bayern 3-1, conceding doesn’t bother me at all."
Julian Korb (Gladbach defender): "We really wanted to win and this time we showed that, with our fans behind us, we can beat anyone at BORUSSIA-PARK. We were superb. I’m delighted that we’re the first team to beat Bayern this season [in the Bundesliga]."
Andre Schubert (Gladbach head coach): "Hats off to my team. We had a few problems in the first half and were lucky not to fall behind. The boys did much better after the break. The first goal gave us a confidence boost which enabled us to decide the game in our favour."
Pep Guardiola (Bayern coach): "Congratulations to Borussia. We played very well in the first half and created a lot of chances, but unfortunately didn’t score a goal. It was very complicated after the break because we gave the ball away far too frequently. It’s always possible that you concede a goal, but we lost our organisation after their opener. That wasn’t good. After that we were hit on the counter-attack, and that was the reason for the defeat. Today’s game proved that we mustn’t forget about the basics."
Franck Ribery (Bayern winger): "It’s our own fault we lost. We should have been 2-0 or 3-0 up at half time, but Gladbach did very well and took every chance that came their way. It’s a shame, but we need to keep going."