“We deserved to win. We even had the chances to win by more, which would have been great, but with all things considered – particularly that it’s the first ever Champions League knockout game for most of these players – we can be happy with the performance. Our game plan worked well and we were able to implement our ideas. Hopefully we can play just as well in three weeks’ time with some more courageous, attacking and confident football.”
“We put in a good performance, especially in the first half. We didn’t expect Tottenham to set up as defensively as they did. We had them under control, but we were missing a goal. We had some good opportunities after the penalty too, but the most important thing was remaining solid defensively in the closing stages. The game very much went to plan for us; we didn’t allow them too many chances and we played good attacking football.
I had gone a few games without scoring and had missed some chances already in this one, so that didn’t exactly make the penalty easier, but I still really wanted to take it. I kept my cool and managed to convert it. I’m happy that I was able to give the team something back by scoring.”
“As footballers, we train every day for games like these. We watched Tottenham on the weekend and saw what a good side they are and the quality they have in their squad. We knew that it would be a real battle and the last 20 minutes were very tough indeed. We didn’t have as much of the ball, but we defended really well. We were determined to come away with the win and we’ve managed it, so we’re obviously delighted.”
“We’re very happy. I never felt like we were going to lose. The team put in a commanding performance, and away at last season’s Champions League finalists no less.
It’s only the halfway stage, however. We have to play just as well in Leipzig if we want to reach the next round. The boys did exactly what sets them apart: they played as a team. We wanted to give a good account of ourselves and I think that we have made a pretty good impression.”
“We had control of the game for a good 75 minutes. Spurs were looking to use their individual quality on the counter, but we were the dominant side and also defended really well.
We should have opened the scoring in the first half really, and we had chances to add to our lead too, so it could have been an even better victory. However, we’re still delighted with the result. It puts us in a good position for the second leg, but nothing’s decided yet.”
“My shoulder still hurts a little, but hopefully it’s nothing serious and I can play again at the weekend.
We played really well for 70-80 minutes and had a lot of chances. We could even have scored a couple more goals. We need to be at the same level or perhaps even better in Leipzig if we want to go through against such a good side.”