"We're ecstatic and relieved. The team really earned it today. It was a fantastic performance, a great way to round off an intensive period for us with the English weeks," explained Sebastian Kehl following the final whistle in Wolfsburg.

"We absolutely wanted to win so as to stay in touch. We managed that," said the head of the licensed player division, before adding: "The pressure on the other teams is growing; we're hot on their heels. We were able to continue our good run here in Wolfsburg and in the first half we had a few good opportunities to perhaps lead earlier. In the second half, we countered mercilessly. We are the deserved victors. Erling was pretty annoyed last week. Today he was once again the player that made the difference for us. After the goal for 1-0, it was his afternoon. He had a lot of space which he exploited ruthlessly. The team produced a mature performance today and took it very seriously. We know that we still have an intense run-in ahead of us. But we're capable of winning our three remaining games." (tl)