Robin Dutt (Head Coach VfL Bochum 1848): First of all, congratulations to SC Paderborn on their promotion to the Bundesliga. I think they know who they should thank for this. Also congratulations to my coaching colleagues and the 1. FC Union Berlin players for a great game and a good season. I wish them all the best for their play-off. Before the match today we listed the team's results from yesterday's Bundesliga - 5:1, 5:1, 8:1. As a coach, you have the feeling that some are already on vacation or are only playing half-heartedly. We wanted to make a game of it today. Even though we gave away a two goal lead today, I have to say that this is one of the games that make me particularly proud. We tried from the first minute to put the opponents under pressure. We took a big step forward in the game today. We have also shown a class mentality - including the players who made their last appearance for VfL today. All of them have been working their way up to the last second. In the second half, of course, Berlin turned up the heat. The way we fought now, despite the current injury situation, makes us want to start the new season.
Urs Fischer (Head Coach 1. FC Union Berlin): It’s difficult to find the right words at the moment. There’s a big emptiness in me right now, because I think the way the game went we could’ve made more of it. I think we made it very easy for our opponents until going 2-0 down, at least for the two of the goals scored. We didn't defend consistently enough in the first half. In the end, the second goal was almost a gift. So you're trailing 2-0 in a game that was equally balanced from my point of view. We would’ve had the chance to equalise earlier, but football is not always kind. In the end, the team came back well and dragged itself back into the game - and was very close to 3:2. But in the end, it just wasn’t enough.
Manuel Riemann (VfL Bochum 1848): If we could’ve held on to the three points here, it would have been a really great end to the season. But I have to say that we showed a good fighting performance. It was a gruelling game in the rain.
Stefano Celozzi (VfL Bochum 1848): Of course, we would’ve liked to have won. You could feel from the very first minute that the boys really wanted it. We wanted to win the game. It would have been terrible if Union had scored late on here and therefore gone up automatically. That would have gone down in history and would not be positive for us. We must now review the season, because we are already annoyed. All in all, we simply lacked consistency. We had some good games, but also some catastrophically bad ones and so we had little to play for. In the end it's mid-table obscurity and that's not good enough. We had hoped for more. But today we said goodbye with a good game.
Lukas Hinterseer (VfL Bochum 1848): It was great again to play in front of a sold-out stadium. The first half was great and fun. The red card was a kick in the teeth, after that it became hard, it really reignited Union. At the end of the season you’re also not at full fitness, we were lucky shortly before the end. But it was a nice ending, even if I would have liked to win again. It was nice anyway. I was the one who was fouled for the penalty, so I take it because of superstition. And I could make Silvère happy, he’s done really well. That's why everything is good. I didn't know how the fans would react, but it was great. Most of it was positive. Everyone saw that I put everything into it again today, it was rewarded. It’s been a very intense two years here, more than turbulent in the first year. But I’ve developed really well under Robin Dutt. I scored 14 and 18 goals, so everything good.