Rabbi Matondo: An unbelievable feeling
David Wagner was proud of his side after the win in Leipzig, while Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann was frustrated with his team’s poor decision making. Rabbi Matondo was especially happy after scoring his first ever Bundesliga goal. Amine Harit also spoke to schalke04.de after he scored for the third game in a row too.
I think it was a really good game today with lots of good things done by both sides. It was played at a high tempo and there were plenty of tackles put in. The lads put so much into today’s game – it was great to watch! Obviously we had a little bit of luck but we still deserved to win. RB showed that they are one of the best teams in the Bundesliga. They had the first two clear-cut chances of the game, but we then went ahead through a set-piece goal. We had worked on this in training. Our assistant coach Frank Fröhling is responsible for set-pieces, which is why I jumped into his arms after we scored.
The way we fought and played on the counter after going 1-0 up was fantastic. Obviously you need a bit of luck, which we had. We managed to continuously hurt Leipzig. We said before the game that we wanted to bring our own game onto the pitch and that’s exactly what we did. The lads ran themselves into the ground right until the final whistle. It was so impressive.
We started the game well and had three big chances before the break. We didn’t take any of them and the way Schalke scored from the corner was world class. The penalty that led to their second goal was a 50-50 decision for me. It was difficult going into the second half 2-0 down. Schalke defended really well in their box. We weren’t aggressive enough in response to them. Overall, we made too many bad decisions. Emil Forsberg’s goal at the end was only a consolation.
I’m so happy. It was an incredible performance from the lads, we had a lot of fun out there. As soon as the referee gave the penalty I grabbed the ball and put it on the spot. I know it could’ve gone wrong but I was absolutely sure I would score. We worked really hard as a team, everyone played their heart out for their teammates today.
It was an unbelievable feeling. I’ve scored my first ever goal in the Bundesliga and my team put in a great performance to beat the league leaders. I’m just really happy and I’m convinced that this performance will give us another push for the next few games. Our coach had a clear game plan and it clearly worked. Yes we have four wins on the trot now, but we can’t get carried away. We know that Köln will be a challenge next week.