"The second half was our best performance this season!"

Ralf Rangnick, Marcel Halstenberg, Stefan Ilsanker and Yussuf Poulsen gave their views on the 2-0 home win in the DFB-Pokal over Hoffenhem.

RAlf Rangnick:

  • "In the second half, we put in our best performance of the season so far, both on and off the ball. I'm therefore very happy with our display. We deserved to win.

    The team are enjoying defending well together. Having this mentality during matches distinguishes us. We've got to continue doing the exact same in the next few weeks."

Yussuf Poulsen:

  • "It was a deserved win - we kept a clean sheet and scored two well-worked goals. We could have scored even more, but it's still a great feeling.

    When we don't have the ball, everyone's back defending, which makes us tough. Even if our opponents get a chance, we have a class keeper who can snuff out any danger. 

    I don't really mind who we play in the next round, but I'd love to play at home."

Marcel Halstenberg:

  • "The first 30 minutes were tough, but then we finally managed to crack our opponents. We defended very well as a team and are happy to be in the round of 16."

Stefan Ilsanker:

  • "We're overjoyed. Although we played against a top team competing in the Champions League this year, we barely let them through and we kept yet another clean sheet.

    Keeping clean sheets is fast becoming a trend for us. That makes me especially proud as a defensive-minded player."
DFB-Pokal, 2nd Round
RB Leipzig


31st October

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Attendance 21,042
Red Bull Arena , Leipzig

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