It was "good to keep our distance from the drop zone," said BVB captain Mats Hummels after the 0-0 draw against Hamburg, before adding: "But it's not enough to move further up the table." Marcel Schmelzer saw the draw as another step in the right direction as BVB "didn't concede any goals." Roman Weidenfeller described the hosts' physical approach as "understandable" given that the spectre of relegation is currently hanging over the north coast outfit. Here are the match reactions.
Mats Hummels: "One point was good enough to keep our distance from the drop zone, but it's not enough to move further up the table. Hamburg defended with absolutely everything they had. They adopted a physical approach, but it wasn't too physical. Ultimately I think we probably deserved to take all three points. The slightly better chances in the match fell to us and we could have dealt the killer blow in the closing stages of the game. In general, I think we often worked well to win the ball back, but weren't able to capitalise on our forays forward. We looked solid at the back too, which is a good sign."
Roman Weidenfeller: "Initially we had to get used to the physical nature of the game, which we did pretty well in the end. Hamburg have really got their backs to the wall at the moment, so I guess this style of play is understandable. We have to be happy with the point and I think it's not too bad a result. If things had gone our way, then we might well have won the game."
Marcel Schmelzer: "We just couldn't manage to create better chances to score, and we need to work on that. However, you can see that this match is still a step in the right direction because we looked solid at the back and didn't concede any goals. We barely gave anything away."
Oliver Kirch: "Right from the first whistle we had arms or elbows flying in our faces. It's the referee's responsibility to sort this out straightaway as doing so could make the rest of the match less physical. HSV kept us at bay with everything they had. We didn't play in a particularly good or structured manner like we have done in the last few games. So I think we need to look at our own performance. A win was within the realms of possibility, even if we didn't have any clear-cut chances."
"A draw's not a bad result"
Joe Zinnbauer: "No-one would have expected that before the game. We were good defensively; offensively we had our chances to counter but unfortunately we didn't take advantage. The bottom line is that this is an important point for us in our relegation battle. It goes without saying that Dortmund were superior in every respect. But we did play really well at the back."
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