Europe: Champions League
⚽ N. Füllkrug (26), ⚽ J. Brandt (79)
BVB trainer Edin Terzic and goal-score Niclas Füllkrug – while remaining humble following Saturday’s embarrassing league loss to FC Bayern München – were certainly quick to point out that they believed in the quality of their squad following Tuesday night’s Champions’ League victory.
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The embarrassment of Saturday’s 0-4 league defeat to rivals FC Bayern München wasn’t completely cleansed from the palette of either BVB trainer Edin Terzic or lead-striker Niclas Füllkrug when it came time to speak on Tuesday night’s Champions’ League victory. Terzic nevertheless wished to point out that his team managed to beat a worthy EPL opponent twice in the group stage of Europe’s premier club footballing competition.
“We definitely can’t make up for what happened on Saturday today,” told his Amazon Prime interviewer, “but it’s about drawing the right conclusions. It was a very complete team performance. Newcastle have only lost two of their last 13 games and both of those were against us. We had it under control.”
“Proud wouldn’t quite be the right word,” Terzic continued when probed about his current feelings about his team, “Today we feel satisfied that we were able to accomplish what we set out to do. It was a deserved win today.”
Füllkrug echoed his coach’s sentiments.
“I emphasize that we’re not ecstatic,” Füllkrug told his interview, “There are always situations in which we have room for improvement. Newcastle are still a top team that needed three points. Today was a very important step and a great reaction to the game on Saturday.”
Füllkrug commended himself for “winning lots of duels” and “getting us second balls”. The recently arrived striker also reserved words of praise for the manner in which Julian Brandt “took a risk” and “killed off the game”. Both Terzic and Füllkrug nevertheless stressed that there remained much work to be done.
“Seven points [in this competition] isn’t going to be enough,” Terzic said, “Tomorrow we’ll continue to be honest and endeavor to improve even more.”