Shinji Kagawa was great yesterday. Dortmund beat Hamburg 3-0, partially because of a man of the match performance from the Japanese international.
Kagawa scored BVB’s crucial second goal, the one that finally put the game out of reach. It’s hard to believe, but that was his first goal of the Bundesliga season. He hadn’t scored since Dortmund’s 8-4 destruction of Legia Warsaw back in November.
Shinji also managed an assist, as he set-up Aubameyang’s goal right at the end of the match.
After the game, Shinji opened up to the Japanese press. Thanks to /u/Icantrememberlogins of /r/BorussiaDortmund for the following translation.
Q: Congratulations on your goal.
SK: It was great. But more, more, I want more before the season's over.
Q: You were being treated?
SK: I took a little knock, muscle tension in my calf, so I was a bit concerned. It's not a major injury. Next match comes after 3 days rest, so I'll prepare for that.
Q: Reflect on the game.
SK: I watched the flow of the game, and focused on getting the details right, how I receive the ball, how I work it. I think I played tidy. The derby was like this too, but it's important to win when the flow is against you. It wasn't our best game, and there will be more like this. I think I was able to deliver at key points.
Kagawa certainly delivered when it mattered most yesterday. And it’s good to see him so eager to keep scoring. Don’t be surprised if he gets a few more goals before the season is up.
He also spoke about the upcoming match with Bayern Munich.
Q: You play Bayern next.
SK: They have Champions League too, and they've all but got the league in the bag, so I don't know how motivated they will be, but we want to exploit any lack of focus. There will be opportunities. We must take them.
It’s refreshing to hear a player admit that the title is wrapped up for Bayern, but that there is still plenty to focus on.
Let’s hope Kagawa and company can keep their form up heading into the big game this weekend.