Dortmund secure winter championship with Werder win
16 December 11:26 GMT
Dortmund secured the winter champions honours with the winter break set to come with a 2-1 win against Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga.
Dortmund striker Paco Alcacer and forward Marco Reus were on target with Werder Bremen Max Kruse wonder strike from outside the box in the first half, ended being just a consolation with the Yellows and Black holding on to their lead.
Lucien Favre: “It was a very difficult match for us. We went 2-0 up fairly early on and absolutely shouldn’t have conceded the goal that made it 2-1. That was the problem. We thought: 2-1, we need to be careful.
“That’s what subsequently made it difficult for us. Bremen played very well and had more men in midfield. That was difficult for us to defend. We need to make progress and corrections in that respect. It was too easy for Bremen to find the gaps and to create danger”.
“Sometimes it just comes down to details. Bremen had too much possession. We weren’t great in that respect tonight. Nonetheless, we had lots of clear opportunities and should’ve made it 3-1.”
Roman Bürki: “We still have two important games left before the winter break and want to keep up the consistency we have shown so far until the end of the first half of the season. We have superb players, a superb team – everything is just right at the moment. We need to continue like this. We’re enjoying the moment, but we also know that it can turn quickly. We need to do everything in our power to stay at the top.”
Marco Reus on Nuri Sahin:
“I always try to put in my performance. I’m healthy and I’m playing my preferred position in a good system.It’s all about the collective. If it goes like it did today, then that’s great. Nonetheless, we did not put in a good performance in the second half. We should’ve gone 3-1 up early, then we would not have done so much chasing”.