Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki has admitted conditions in his side’s 1-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach were some of the toughest he has faced in his career.
Marco Reus’ first half strike proved to be the difference between the two sides, but it was the performance of Burki which saw Dortmund moved into second place on the Bundesliga table.
And following the match, Burki said the match had taken a toll on his body.
“It hurts everywhere, which shows what a hard-fought victory it was,” Burki said.
“But that’s part of it. It was hard, playing in this place. To be honest, I’ve never experienced such a pitch, it was extremely hard to play on,” he added, referring to a poor quality surface at Borussia-Park.
“That’s why we had to go for long balls a lot. In the first half we won some of the second balls and then after the break barely any.”
Burki’s performance in between the sticks was one of his best for the season, in what has been a rather inconsistent season for the shotstopper.
Despite his own form, Burki says he is continuing to work hard in training.
“I am training day by day, trying to improve myself. I know that everything does not always succeed. I can handle that,” he said.
“Today I am glad that everything worked out. These are very important three points.
“Now we can go with confidence into the important match against [Atalanta],” he added, looking to the second leg of the Europa League round-of-32 tie against Serie A opposition. Dortmund won the first leg 3-2 on Thursday.”