Jay, you won 2-0 against FC Schalke 04 on Sunday. What was the key to the success?
“We had a clear plan for the game and implemented it. Schalke did have the first major chance after a few seconds, but we didn’t let ourselves get unsettled by it and created several opportunities for ourselves. We performed with discipline, took the lead early and deserved to win in the end.”
You’re away in Munich on Saturday. What kind of game are you expecting?
“We’re going there to get something. That’s our clear objective. We never go to a game and have it already ticked off in our minds beforehand. There are of course easier tasks, but we’ll prepare for it as best we can and perform with confidence.”
You have not won against FC Bayern Munich in 12 attempts in your career. Did you know that?
“I don’t concern myself with such statistics. I remember one match in particular against FC Bayern: we were 1-0 up with Hertha for a long time. Munich then equalised with the last kick of the game – a free-kick that took a deflection off Lewandowski’s foot and then went into the net. So in the end it only felt like a victory. Hopefully there will be a real success on Saturday.”
Bayern lost 3-0 away to Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday. Do you have any takeaways from the game?
“I like to watch games like that as a normal fan. On such occasions, my main focus is not on how a team operates tactically above all else. Our coaches can and will analyse that much better and then prepare us accordingly. I don’t think the Champions League result will play a role on Saturday. We want to impose our game.”