Captain Marco Reus was delighted with the three points after the hard-fought 2-1 win in Berlin: "The second half was just a struggle and a battle." Coach Lucien Favre and sporting director Michael Zorc lauded the team. Read the initial reactions from Berlin below.


Michael Zorc: "We've been saying the whole time that the work between the coach and the team is very good. You could see that out on the pitch today. Otherwise there wouldn't be a performance like that and not everyone would put such a shift in for the team. Consequently, we're convinced that we'll manage to turn the corner. Today was an important step in the right direction."

Lucien Favre: "It was a fantastic victory. We gave everything. Defending with 10 men for a whole half is not easy, regardless of whom you are facing. Any player can be sent off for two bookable offences. It happens so quickly; the opposition is calling for it. We said at the half-time interval that we needed to show character and that we're a team. The players battled; they ran a lot. We always believed that it was possible. We subsequently played very compactly. We were a team – even with 10 men."

Marco Reus: "In the current situation, it doesn't matter how we play. The main thing is that we got three points again. In the first 30 minutes, we played well in the new system. We operated well and deservedly scored the two goals. Then they made it 2-1 against the run of play. After the red card, it was important not to let ourselves to be pushed back too deep. We said at the break that we absolutely wanted to see it through. The second half was just a struggle and a battle. We embraced that. The three points are ours."

Transcribed by Christina Reinke

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