BVB trailed at the break for the first time in the Bundesliga since the 13 February 2015 (4-2 against Mainz). Not only for this reason was the 3-1 victory over Hoffenheim not for the faint of heart. Here, the players’ reactions on Sky.
Michael Zorc: "Illy really went for it after he came on. Overall, we carved out plenty of chances for ourselves, but only took advantage of them towards the end of the game. Sebastian Rudy had no chance of making it to the ball. I think the red card was justified. After equalising, I knew there was something more in the game for us…"
Kevin Volland (TSG): "It was difficult after the red card, it was a harsh decision. We had been playing well up until that point. We were simply trying to defend our lead towards the end. We had plenty of chances on the break in the first half, if we had scored a second, the game could have turned out completely differently. BVB won the game in the end simply through superior possession."
Oliver Baumann (TSG): "The red card was decisive, very bitter for us to take. It was clear after the sending-off that BVB would get behind us a few times."
BVB-Boss "Aki“ Watzke was "done in"
Hans-Joachim Watzke: "I’m completely done in. Normally today’s kind of game is one that you don’t win. That we went on to win it…unbelievable. I really suffered today. It was only logical that things would go better for us in the second half, but we had to score a goal. After getting to 1-1 I was hopeful that we would go on to win the game. The ball just did not want to go in before that. Hoffenheim defended very well. Even before the sending-off they were very defensive, but that is to be expected when we play at home. TSG were fresher, while we were still feeling the effects of the game against Porto. Hoffenheim’s goal really lifted them. We had to wear them down after that, which we managed to do thank God. It’s unbelievable: we have got 54 points after 23 league games. It is crazy, extraordinary."
Roman Bürki: "I blocked the first shot, but we weren’t ready for the rebound. In the moment, it was my fault for not clearing the ball better to one side. It was unfortunate that the ball then went through my legs…However, I still thought that we would go on to win. We really struggled in the first half to put pressure on our opponent and to get into the 18-yard-box. We remained calm though, maintained possession well, and ultimately were able to pick the lock by the end of the game. I would like to compliment my team on their performance!"
Sebastian Rudy (TSG): "We played well even after I had been sent off. Unfortunately, we fell victim to Dortmund’s pressure in the 80’ minute. We fought hard throughout the game. I didn’t think that my foul was worthy of a red. The referee went for his breast pocket first, it was a tactical foul, I didn’t mean to catch the Dortmund player, I genuinely tried to make the ball. In my opinion it should not have been a red card, but you have got to accept the decision."
Nagelsmann: "The red card was fair"
Julian Nagelsmann: "We needed to build on the first half. Our build-up play was good and we were the more dangerous team, even if we had less of the ball and perhaps less of a hold on the game. If Kevin Volland had given us a 2-0 lead, then the game would have played out completely differently. Every man gave his all until the end of the game. I was really satisfied with the first half of the game. BVB were unable to find a way through via their build-up play and remained unthreatening in the final third. The sending-off was justified. They are not always given, but we can’t complain. A man down, we were never going to be able to play the kind of football we want to. The 1-1 from a set piece freed up BVB a lot, and after that it was only ever going to go one way." (fu)