Franco Di Santo: I was certain it’d go in

Franco di Santo will have fond memories of his 100th Bundesliga game as he and the Royal Blues celebrated a vital 3-2 win over FC Augsburg. Franco fired the Knappen into the lead with a deft flick past Hitz in the visitors‘ goal. The Argentinien shares his views on his exquisite finish and the rest of the game before looking ahead to a trip to Frankfurt.

Franco Di Santo tanzt nach seinem Treffer gegen Augsburg.

Franco, it was a pretty successful night for you! You scored and the team won!
I’m very happy about my goal and the final score. It’s amazing that we’re up to second place but the table is only a snapshot and changes quickly. We can’t give anything away in our coming fixtures. We have to keep putting in the best possible performance.

You scored a fantastic goal. Can you take us through it?
Amine Harit did some great work and put in a fantastic ball but it wasn’t easy for me to score from that position. I was sure though that the flick would come off. When it went in, I was so happy and I think you saw that in my celebrations!

The table is only a snapshot.

Franco Di Santo

What was the reason for your celebration?
During my time in Bremen, I always danced after I scored, This happiness within me is back. The back heel was definitely one of the best goals I’ve scored in my career.

After making it 2-0 after half-time, the team seemed to lose its way and almost threw away the three points completely. How did that happen?
Augsburg are a team who are difficult to come up against. We knew that before the game started. They fight hard and battle for everything. We put that poor phase behind us and got the win we deserved but it wasn’t easy!

The final Bundesliga game of 2017 sees us head to Frankfurt. How do you treasure your chances?
Another tough test awaits us. Eintracht Frankfurt are having a really tough season and lie just beneath us in the table. We’re going to have to give our all once again to win. Then, we have the DFB-Pokal tie with 1. FC Köln which we want to win and head into the winter break on a high.

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