SC Freiburg's head coach Christian Streich believes that his side has set the bar high for the rest of the season, as the newly-promoted side put in a terrific performance to record a 3-1 victory over Champions League participants Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Maximilian Philipp was the hero of the day, scoring twice as Freiburg stretched their unbeaten streak against Gladbach to nine home games.
Maximilian Philipp (Freiburg midfielder): "It was a great performance by our team today. I may have scored the goals, but it was the collective that won the match."
Christian Streich (Freiburg coach): "We wanted to attack Gladbach's back line aggressively and the only question was how long we could pull that off. I'm somewhat surprised that we managed to keep up the intensity for 93 minutes. I don’t think anyone would disagree with me when I say I think we deserved to win today. We put a lot into the game and that's why we created so many goalscoring opportunities. I'm happy that we were able to play against Gladbach with the intensity and the courage that we did."
*Oh how wonderful
Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Mönchengladbach defender): "Freiburg were very aggressive without the ball. We had a lot of problems getting our game going. They created some chances and we started to look somewhat insecure. We took the lead out of nowhere and then simply should've defended better to keep hold of a narrow advantage like that. We didn't do enough today in order to win. We’re not happy with ourselves. Perhaps it's a good thing that we will have to show our good side again in just three days."
Andre Hahn (Gladbach striker): "It's tough to swallow when you start the season so well and then lose to Freiburg in that fashion. We simply didn't play well. Freiburg were better than us and deserved to win. However, I'm not now thinking we’re automatically going to lose now against Manchester City. It's a completely different pitch and a different opponent. We will analyse this game, accept the situation and react accordingly."
Andre Schubert (Gladbach coach): "Overall we didn't find to our rhythm today. We lacked the basics. In terms of aggression and passion, Freiburg simply invested more. They were more aggressive in the tackle and that's we lost the decisive challenges. We often were a step slower than our opponent. That’s why it was a deserved defeat for us."