The Borussia Dortmund players were treated to one of the finest fan choreographies in living memory prior to their 2-0 victory over FC Porto in Thursday's UEFA Europa League Round of 32 first leg at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK, according to captain Mats Hummels.
Question: Mats Hummels, you must be thrilled with the 2-0 win over Porto...
Hummels: We played really well and definitely deserved the win. It's the result we wanted beforehand: a clean sheet and a two-goal advantage - it's pretty much perfect. Even though we had chances to add a third or fourth near the end, we're very happy.
Question: Were you surprised how dominant Dortmund were?
Hummels: We did the basics really well. It was a slightly different set-up, which enabled us to uncover the opposition's weaknesses and at the same put a stop to their counter-attacks. We did that really well and it was also imposing for Porto to play here. We used that to our advantage.
Question: On the subject of the fans: there was a Champions League atmosphere in the stadium, the fans together another pre-match choreography.
Hummels: The atmosphere was fantastic, and the choreography our fans did before kick-off was really impressive. We were all talking about it in the dressing room afterwards. We all agreed that it was one undoubtedly one of the most impressive choreographies yet. I've been here eight years and have seen some fantastic things, but that was a step up.
Question: The Porto game was also a step up compared to BVB's last performance in the Europa League.
Hummels: We certainly had room for improvement in the Europa League. There's no denying that it had a bit to do with the opposition in the previous round. We knew that we'd probably progress, even if we weren't at our best. But now against Porto we've shown that we're aiming high in this competition. We've made a good step towards the next round.
Question: How do you rate your chances now? What are you expecting from Porto in the return leg?
Hummels: We know that it's not over yet. Porto have fantastic support at home, they'll definitely be more switched on and play with more courage. We have to resist that and play our game. Our aim is clear: to go there and score. Then it'll be very difficult for Porto.
Question: How happy were you to see Nuri Sahin celebrate his comeback after 355 days out?
Hummels: It's no secret that we were all thrilled for him. He's an outstanding player. Anyone who saw him in training in recent weeks knew he was ready. It was just a matter of time until he got back on the pitch. He'd got better by the day in training and earned his place in the team. And for us it's just great, looking to the Bundesliga, that we have another option.
Question: You're back in action in the Bundesliga on Sunday. Is the game against Bayer 04 Leverkusen the next highlight for you?
Hummels: It is, and it's nice to have that. To have a few games like that in one month, it's everything the players and fans could wish for. It's another cracker for us.
Question: What do you make of Leverkusen?
Hummels: Leverkusen are playing a good Rückrunde. We know what to expect, but Bayer had to play away in Lisbon in the Europa League. If there's a possibility of them being more tired than us, then we'll definitely try to take advantage of it on Sunday.
Dietmar Nolte reporting from Dortmund