Mönchengladbach - Despite taking the lead, creating numerous chances and a dominant display, Borussia Mönchengladbach lost 2-1 to Manchester City FC in UEFA Champions League Group D on Wednesday night. It was a famous performance which ended in the unluckiest of circumstances: the English visitors netting a last-minute penalty to steal the victory and, with it, a crucial three points.
Question: Patrick Herrmann, you and your Gladbach team-mates matched Manchester City for long stages of the game, but you still came out on the losing side. How tough is that to take?
Patrick Herrmann: You can't really put it into words. It's really tough to take. The atmosphere was phenomenal in the stadium and we played really well. We gave everything and we more than kept up with them, but didn't get the reward we deserved. Particularly in the first half we had some good chances against City, a side who aren't just any old team but one of the best in Europe. With a little bit more luck and shrewdness, we would have taken at least a point.
Question: Just as you have in the last few games, Borussia came into this encounter in confident mood. The team started really well, pressed high and were very organised. Would you agree with that and what will the team take from such a game?
Herrmann: At the moment, we've found a good balance between pressing and our defensive responsibilities. We went into tackles well and tried to win the ball high up the field. For me, it was my first ever game in the Champions League and the fans' choreography before the game was indescribable. It was something special. We're still a young squad and we'll take plenty of experience from this. We'll learn from it.
Herrmann: Even though we lost, I think we put in a fantastic performance that we can be proud of. #BMGvCity— Borussia (@borussia_en) September 30, 2015
Question: After two games, Gladbach are bottom with no points. How would you assess your side's chances of reaching at least third place?
Herrmann: Well, the defeat hasn't made things easlier, but I still maintain that we can compete with the very best. We played really well against City. We'll keep that up and see what comes of it after six games.
Question: Despite the defeat, can you sense an improvement from Borussia?
Herrmann: Absolutely. We've played really well in the last couple of games in the Bundesliga. We weren't playing as well beforehand and were struggling to create chances. Against City, though, we had three or four outstanding opportunities. Our form is definitely on the up.
Question: On Saturday, you face another tough test when VfL Wolfsburg come calling. How do you rate your team's chances in that one?
Herrmann: It'll be a tough game. Wolfsburg have a lot of quality and it won't be any easier than against Man City. We competed well against City, though, and as I said we're coming off the back of two wins in the Bundesliga. We’ll be going into the game in a positive mood.
Tobias Gonscherowski reporting from the Borussia Park.