"I'll make no secret of it: it was not a footballing feast for the eyes today," said Julian Brandt after a 1-0 victory over Hertha Berlin. For Emre Can too, the victory was all that mattered: "Sometimes that's the way it is: you have to score one goal up front and then win the game like that." Here are some of the reactions to the game:
Emre Can "We managed not to concede a goal. Then up front I had a chance to score a goal. I'm glad it worked out. You have to be honest, because sometimes it's not so easy without the fans – sometimes the excitement is missing. Nevertheless, we still had enough chances to score one goal or another. We defended well – as far as I can remember, Hertha did not have a good chance to score. Sometimes that's the way it is: you have to score one goal up front and then win the game like that." The Champions League is now very, very likely. But we still have to try to win the next games and get the most out of them."
Julian Brandt: "If opponents sit deep and defend well, it can sometimes be a tough nut to crack. But the great thing is that there is so much quality in the team that we can take our chances, as Emre did, and win in the end. Of course, I prefer to have more space than was the case today. But this weekend was important for us. Gladbach and Leverkusen lost, Leipzig only drew. We wanted to get the points on the board to get the Champions League qualification done and dusted as soon as possible. We took a huge step today, and that is the main thing. But I'll make no secret of it: it was not a footballing feast for the eyes today."
Transcribed by Timo Lammert