USA Fabian Johnson’s brilliant form for Borussia Mönchengladbach shows no sign of slowing down. After recently scoring his first-ever goal in the UEFA Champion League and bagging a brace in a 3-3 draw at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim last weekend, the USMNT winger turned in another brilliant performance – crowned with a goal – in the Foals’ sensational 3-1 win over champions FC Bayern München on Saturday.
‘I surprised even myself’
Following the game, the delighted former TSV 1860 Munich man spoke to the assembled media about his pleasure in inflicting Bayern’s first defeat of the season, Gladbach’s ten-game unbeaten run in the league and next week’s game at Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League.
Fabian Johnson, congratulations on Borussia’s win. As a former 1860 Munich player, is the win especially sweet for you?
Fabian Johnson: If it had been the Munich derby and I’d been wearing an 1860 shirt, it would have been even better (laughs). But yes, we’re obviously delighted with the three points. I think we deserved to win after playing so well as a team.
You grew up in Munich and will likely have a lot of friends who are Bayern fans. What did the game mean to you?
Johnson: Absolutely, but they were all supporting me!
After scoring two at Hoffenheim, you’ve now got on the scoresheet again here. There’s a striker in you yet…
Johnson: Apparently so (laughs). I think even I surprised myself today. I’m obviously buzzing to be able to help the team like that and I hope it carries on.
You played slightly further back in a defensive midfield position today. What was the tactical thinking behind that?