- Gladbach almost certain of fourth place after Leverkusen win.
- Xhaka: "Victory was deserved"
- Kramer: "I'm pleased they remember me fondly here"
Walking through the mixed zone after Borussia Mönchengladbach's 2-1 win over Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the BORUSSIA-PARK, the Gladbach stars struggled to hide their satisfaction at almost wrapping up fourth place the the UEFA Champions League qualification spot with a game to play.
Granit Xhaka (Gladbach captain): "I think the victory was deserved. We played excellently and began well, but then conceded a foolish goal. We bounced back well against a really strong side, though, and for that the team deserves a lot of praise. We now have a three-point cushion over fifth and an excellent goal difference. It would have to go very badly wrong for us not to end fourth. The atmosphere in the stadium was fantastic, it gave me goosebumps. The atmosphere is obviously always great at every home game, but today it was even more emotional because five players are leaving the club at the end of the season."
Andre Hahn (Gladbach winger): "I didn't win this game on my own, but I am pleased to have the trust of the coach after coming back from injury and that I am now able to pay him back with goals. The whole team did brilliantly today, and we're delighted with the position we're in now and that we were able to turn the game around. That reflects our whole season. We managed to get up again after starting badly."
Oscar Wendt (Gladbach defender): "We controlled our emotions well during the game and deservedly won. We could even have scored another goal, but we won and have now got 52 points and sit fourth. We can be really pleased. We'll enjoy this win for a couple of days and then focus on the game in Darmstadt."
Andre Schubert (Gladbach coach): "We really needed these three points to tighten our grip on fourth. I didn't really think too much about how things would pan out elsewhere, just that we needed to cement our place. That meant for us it was about keeping cool in the decisive situations, although at points you could notice that there was a lot riding on the game. The team did a great job, though, showed great character and deserved the victory. Andre Hahn yet again proved his fantastic mentality."
Roger Schmidt (Leverkusen coach): "It was about a year ago and a pretty similar situation and I remember we lost then, too. I think then I had to congratulate Gladbach for finishing third and we were fourth, so obviously I prefer things this year! It was a great game of football today. It wasn't easy for the players, given the temperature, but there were a lot of chances and two sides trying to play attacking football. I can only praise my team: we gave it our all again, and wanted to present ourselves well. We fought for the win with everything we had."
Christoph Kramer (Leverkusen midfielder): "It was nice being back here [at the BORUSSIA-PARK]. It's always nice when you come back, and the atmosphere today was great. I'm pleased they remember me fondly here and I'm also pleased that Gladbach look good for fourth place. I'm optimistic we'll see four German teams in the main competition again next year."
Stefan Kießling (Leverkusen striker): "It was a pretty intense game early on, and that was what we intended. We're already where we want to be, obviously we would have loved to have taken a point or won here, but all things considered it's fine."
Daniel Thacker reporting from the BORUSSIA-PARK