There was a sense of mutual respect at BORUSSIA-PARK following Borussia Dortmund’s thrilling 3-1 victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday.
Marco Reus (Dortmund attacker): “It was a very difficult game but we were well prepared for it and I think the 3-1 scoreline shows that. I had a few terrific years at Gladbach. I have a lot of respect for them, it's a great club.”
Ilkay Gündogan (Dortmund midfielder): “You have to try and win as many balls as possible against such strong opposition. We can be very proud of our performance. We created a lot of chances and it was a top performance from everyone involved. We’re eight points behind Bayern. We have tough games on the agenda, so we’re not looking too far ahead. The way we played today is really encouraging for the next few weeks.”
Thomas Tuchel (Dortmund coach): “We knew we needed a strong performance today. It was a solid display. Gladbach are a brave side in the build-up, so we needed to make sure we kept them at bay as best we could. They’re tough to play against, especially with the support of their home fans. [Mats Hummels] put in a real captain’s performance today – I couldn’t wish for more as coach.”
Yann Sommer (Gladbach goalkeeper): “The defeat hurts but now we just have to keep working hard.”
Lars Stindl (Gladbach attacker): “It was a very open game, with plenty of chances at both ends.”
Havard Nordtveit (Gladbach midfielder): “It’s a disappointing loss because we simply conceded too many easy goals against a top side.”
Andre Schubert (Gladbach coach): “We made a couple of mistakes in defence, which you can’t afford to do against a strong side like Dortmund. Some of those were silly mistakes, but we’re a young side and we’ll learn from it. Things might have turned out differently had we taken the lead [when Andreas Christensen’s effort hit the crossbar in the first half].”