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The Week(s) in Words: International Break and Dortmund

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Mario Götze finally speaks and the reactions to the Klassiker

Alexandra Beier

Götze's Return to Dortmund

"We knew it would be a very, very emotional match.

"...not a pleasant situation, with the entire stadium booing and whistling. It was a new situation for me and not easy to deal with."

Mario Götze on his return and his substitution

[FC Bayern]

"We’ve all supported him in the last few days. There’s no question about his quality. He’s a superb footballer, as we saw for his goal."

Philipp Lahm

[FC Bayern]

A Klassiker in Nordrhein-Westfalen

"We are satisfied because we won against the best countering team in the world. We played really well in the first 15 minutes, but not last 30 minutes of the first half. We played better in the second half with Thiago, Mario Götze, Toni Kroos and Philipp Lahm."

Pep Guardiola

[FC Bayern]

"The amount is all the same to me. The second and third goal was not just to the course of the game. Bayern changed over their play, hit a lot of long balls. We had bigger chances when it was 1-0. There you have to make one. After 2-0 the team got a correct break."

Jürgen Klopp

"The 1-0 was very important. We also can't exaggerate. Until the 85th minute it was 1-0. The game was at eye-level, like every young boy dream about, to play a game like that. There one needs to show their best and show their amusement on the pitch."

Arjen Robben

[Süddeutsche Zeitung]

Potpourri

"I’m just delighted we’ve beaten a top team in Germany away from home."

"I’ve missed the ball, the game of football"

Thiago Alcântara on his return

[FC Bayern]

"As strong as Mandzukic is, Lewandowski would be an asset -- he might even be a bit stronger. It would be nice to see him in the Bayern jersey soon."

– Franz Beckenbauer

[Sport Bild via ESPN FC]

"I'm always thinking about it during games. I know I have to keep playing as well as I can to win it. I want to keep having fun and play without pressure, but obviously I do really want this title."

Franck Ribéry on the Ballon d'Or

[Bundesliga]