RB Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen wheels away after giving his side a 2-1 lead against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
RB Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen wheels away after giving his side a 2-1 lead against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

RB Leipzig’s Yussuf Poulsen: “Best performance this season!”

Finally, after 924 days, Borussia Dortmund have tasted Bundesliga defeat at their Signal Iduna Park. RB Leipzig were the culprits and Yussuf Poulsen, with the second goal in a 3-2 win for the Bulls, had a large part to play.

bundesliga.com caught up with the Denmark forward at full-time to get his thoughts on the game, the title chase, and what it means for the club that they can afford to bench Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg...

Question: Yussuf Poulsen, RB Leipzig celebrated a big win in Dortmund. Did the match go exactly how your coach Ralph Hasenhüttl had planned?

Yussuf Poulsen: In the first half, definitely! We wanted to pressure Dortmund from the front and use the space well. What we showed in the first half was really good! We pressed them so hard that they had problems building play. We gave away very little. The first, early goal [scored by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after four minutes] was, of course, a mistake. This shouldn’t happen but it does sometimes in football. Otherwise we played well, and created and took some good chances.

Question: And what about the second half when Dortmund enjoyed more pressure?

Poulsen: The second half was a bit strange - two penalties, two red cards, a lot of interruptions. We felt a bit more comfortable when it was 11 against 11. But when we went down to ten men [Stefan Ilsanker was sent off on 56 minutes, less than ten minutes after Dortmund captain Sokratis had been given his marching orders] we dug in and defended deeper.

Question: It looked like you were trying to pressure Ömer Toprak especially?

Poulsen: Toprak is a right-footed player playing at left centre-back. It’s difficult for him to bring the ball out on his weaker foot. This was part of our game plan and it worked well. Toprak often abandoned his plan and played backwards. That’s exactly what we wanted.

Question: Hasenhüttl has said that he’s learned a lot from the first season in the Bundesliga and now the UEFA Champions League, especially with regard to controlling a game…

Poulsen: You have to control a game sometimes, of course, but sometimes we need to do less too. It’s important to regenerate. I have to say that against Dortmund we showed what a great squad we have. We had Willi Orban, Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg on the bench! Two of them [Werner and Forsberg] didn’t play a single minute. If we have a squad so deep that we can give players like that a break it shows how good we are.

Watch: Poulsen on a worthy win!

Question: They say good things come in threes. You’ve now scored against Cologne and BVB. Is it a safe bet that you’ll score against Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday?

Poulsen: You can back that outcome already, clearly (laughs)! Why not? I certainly wouldn’t mind keeping this run up.

Question: You’re now third in the table, just one point behind Bayern Munich

Poulsen: Sure, but the table doesn’t mean too much at this stage of the season. We must keep working hard and picking up points. In any case winning in Dortmund is a big three points. After all, no team had done that for two years! It’s a great achievement. It was our best performance so far this season.

Dietmar Nolte reporting from Dortmund

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