''When we have that sense of joy in our play, when we have the perfect blend of ease and concentration - then we're a very good team,'' said Mats Hummels after the much-improved performance against Paderborn. Head coach Lucien Favre, for his part, singled out Marcel Schmelzer for particular praise.
Lucien Favre: ''I only said one sentence during the half-time break: 'We need to keep doing what we're doing.' We pressed well, we tired out our opponents, and it was clear that they wouldn't be able to keep up the tempo all the way to the final whistle. We wanted to make sure they couldn't hit us on the counter, as they have a lot of pace up top. We were able to maintain the intensity we showed in the first half and the only real change we made was some alterations to our wide players' movements. When all was said and done the score was 6-1. Marcel Schmelzer is good in training and out on the pitch in matches too. He played brilliantly and the goal and the assist were well deserved. Perfect.''
Mats Hummels: ''We were too reckless in possession in the first half and on too many occasions we gifted Paderborn exactly what they were looking for - the ball in central positions when we were exposed defensively. Unfortunately we weren't able to apply the finishing touches to our attacking play. Each time we created a good chance we seemed to shoot well wide of the mark. In the second half our positional play was good, our passing game was good, we were making good runs - all our good work was rewarded in the end. The coach made a slight adjustment at half-time, and it worked out very well. It was nothing big, but sometimes it's the small details that decide games like this. It meant we were able to control the spaces that we wanted to play in, it worked fantastically well. When we have that sense of joy in our play, when we have the perfect blend of ease and concentration - then we're a very good team.''
Roman Bürki: ''We made the same mistakes in the first half that we made all the way through the first half of the season: we didn't put our opponents under enough pressure. Whenever we lost the ball up top, we weren't quick enough to win it back. We knew fine well that they have some very fast players and are capable of playing good counter-attacking football. Fortunately nothing happened in the first half. We played much better in the second half and were able to control the game. Our pace out wide poses a constant threat, and in the end that's how we got a few of our goals. We should be happy with the result, because we know fine well how difficult Paderborn are to go up against, especially when they're playing at home. I didn't think it was a penalty (against Emre Can for handball) because he was so close to where the shot was taken, he didn't move his arm out towards the ball and the goal wasn't empty. It was by no means certain that the ball would have gone in, but handball penalties are seemingly always a point of contention.''
Transcribed by Christina Reinke