Thomas Reis (VfL Bochum 1848 head coach): It was a difficult situation for both teams. I think we saw a team on the pitch today that showed a lot of heart. Our shirts had the “Bochumer Gemeinschaft” (Bochum community) message on them and the team adopted that spirit in exemplary fashion. We wanted to go all in right from the start, keep the opponent busy and gain control of the ball. It’s always tough to come back once you fall behind against Heidenheim. We scored the goals at the right time. In the first half, our opponents had only one chance to score because we defended really well. On the other hand, Heidenheim had to react to our ideas and had to do a lot of defensive work themselves. I’m convinced that this win today was well deserved and that we got off to a good start.

Frank Schmidt (FC Heidenheim head coach): We didn’t defend the set piece that led to the opener, and from that we'd quickly gone behind. Following that, we played quite well, gained control and had our chances to equalize. Then, for the goal to make it 2-0, VfL showed that they were more clinical today. Even after that they proved that they have great potential in their team. The goal to make it 3-0 was yet another proof of that. In football, everything is about physical engagement and this is something that still matters after the restart. We have to work on that and implement this better next week.

Robert Zulj: I think that both teams started quite equally. Both teams needed some time to get back into the game – maybe due to the current situation. In the following periods, we got into the game well. The first goal and the second goal right after certainly helped a lot. Heidenheim gave us more room to play especially in the second half. The third goal was a formality, and we had opportunities to even further that lead. For me personally, the break came in handy. I had to deal with knee issues before that and was not 100 percent fit. I'm getting better and better now. I’m very happy that I was able to play without pain today.

Simon Zoller: It was very unusual to walk from the hotel to the stadium wearing masks today. You can’t see any people around, the stadium is empty and the music is turned off. That was extraordinary but I think that we coped well with this special situation. During the game, we took advantage of our good moments and scored at the right times. In the end, we were able to build on the lead over the time. After a win like this, you’re now just looking forward to going home again and have some time to relax with your family. And I’m pretty sure that we'll open one or two bottles tonight.

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