Robin Dutt (Manager VfL Bochum1848): Of course, we’re very pleased with the result. We started into the game very well and profited from an opponent’s mistake. We kept on putting pressure on Cologne, attacked early and tried to control the ball. In total, we did a decent job in the first half without letting Cologne utilize their strengths. Unfortunately, we also gave a gift away. In the second half, Cologne became stronger and put a lot of pressure on our defensive lines. The longer the match went, the more dramatic it became. Of course, we had a bit of luck to score the 3-1 and even after the 3-2 shortly afterwards we somehow managed to keep the ball away from our goal for most of the time. We’re happy to have won that match in the end. It really does us extremely good to go into the winter break on such a positive note. I wish you all a happy Christmas and all the best for the rest of the season to my colleague from Cologne.

Markus Anfang (Manager 1. FC Köln): First of all, I would like to congratulate VfL for their victory. I think it’s fair to say that we gave it away too easily today. The game has just begun and we’re already trailing 1-0. After that, we got better and scored the equaliser. In the second half, we defended badly following a set piece and gave away another easy goal by passing the ball into our opponent’s feet. Of course, it is difficult to hit back after a backlash like this. We tried everything to create chances and could probably have equalised once again but we lacked the luck needed. It hurts as we played very well over the last weeks and got the results we hoped for. In total, we can be satisfied with the season so far, especially after being relegated. Unfortunately, we’re not able to celebrate the end of the year together with our fans. The players are certainly as disappointed about this as the supporters.

Sebastian Schindzielorz (Director of football VfL Bochum 1848): Finally, we rewarded ourselves and even played a very good away match. We tried to control the ball and put constant pressure on our opponents. Of course, we’re delighted to have won the game. When you keep playing well over various weeks, the results will follow automatically. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case in the last two fixtures. But it makes it even nicer to have won today in front of 50,000 fans in Cologne. A brilliant end to the year and every single one of us enjoys it very much. It was important that we actively took part in the game and did not solely concentrate on our defensive play. There were many huge mistakes on both sides today but it was also a good fight. Sadly, we could have earned a couple of points more over the course of the season, so right now is not the time to aim for the top spots. For now, we will enjoy the festive season and the rest is to follow in January.

Sidney Sam (VfL Bochum 1848): All in all, it was great game and we’re simply over the moon to have won the three points here in Cologne. It was a very emotional moment for me after I scored and I’m still very happy about it. That’s a decent way to celebrate Christmas. I hope that the lump is finally cracked and that there are more goals for me to follow after the break. It’s a brilliant way to go into the winter break on a high like this and we’re already looking forward to returning to the pitch in January. We’ve given away way too many points over the season but that can’t be changed now. We could be much higher in table, that’s for sure. We’re a strong team as you could see today once again. The support from the terraces was top class and we had a chance to celebrate the success together with our fans.

Patrick Fabian (VfL Bochum 1848): Of course, it’s something special to have earned the three points here in Cologne. We knew that we would be able to beat them but on the other hand, Cologne is definitely one of the big players in the league. Nevertheless, we picked up right were we let off in the last couple of games in terms of the way we played. Certainly, the early opener suited us well even though we had a bit of luck there. I have to make a great compliment to my teammates about the courageous way they played today. And more than that, we also created various neat plays. Hats off to the team. It was special to play against Simon (Terodde) who is a good friend of mine and even after the match we will enjoy a Kölsch of a Fiege beer together.

Lukas Hinterseer (VfL Bochum 1848): It was a cool game to end the year with. As in the matches against Pauli and Union Berlin, we played quite well with the big difference that we rewarded ourselves today. We wanted to put pressure on our opponents and that’s what we did. Admittedly, Cologne gave away two of the goals too easily but on the other side, we also made an early Christmas gift. In the end, I think our win was well deserved. Before my first goal, the ball went straight to my feet and of course I was happy to convert it. I really can’t say if I was offside before my second goal but it’s also not my job to decide on it. Now we all have some time to relax and enjoy the festive season. We will see where our journey ends after the entire 34 matches are played. The fully packed away sector at the stadium today was certainly a highlight and the support was amazing over the entire 90 minutes. It was quite simply a perfect match.

Manuel Riemann (VfL Bochum 1848): I was suspiciously calm today over the whole match. In the second half we lost the ball too often when we were playing forward but nonetheless I never got the feeling that we would go home empty-handed. We analysed our last two matches and realised that we didn’t play badly. We simply didn’t convert our chances and made silly but at the same time decisive mistakes. We also made one of those silly mistakes today but we managed to fight back. When we’re able to control the match, we’re hard to beat. We created a number of chances in Cologne and I think we showed a very good performance today.

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