Oscar, you lost 1-0 in Stuttgart last time out. What's the mood like in the camp after that defeat?
"We're all aware that we cannot afford a repeat of our performance in Stuttgart. However, the mood is still positive. We still have three matches remaining to achieve our objectives. That means that there's only one approach we can take in the run-in: we have to give it everything!"
How many points do you think Gladbach still need to qualify for a European competition?
"There's no point thinking about numbers. Our focus this week is solely and entirely on the Hoffenheim match. Our sole objective is to pick up the three points on Saturday. We're not yet giving a thought to what could happen after that in the matches away to Nuremberg and at home against Dortmund."
Hoffenheim's lengthy unbeaten run came to an end in the last round as they were beaten 4-1 by VfL Wolfsburg. How do you assess your next opponents?
"Hoffenheim have a very good team. We're obviously aware of the fact that they've been very successful in the past few weeks and that they've played some very convincing football too. Their defeat against Wolfsburg definitely won't knock them off their stride. But what the Hoffenheim team does or doesn't do should not concern us too much on Saturday. We'll be focused on our own game and what we can do, rather than trying to prevent certain things from happening."
You were an ever-present figure for months but since the Bremen game you've mostly been coming on from the bench. How have you been dealing with this situation?
"I played every minute for a very long time and now I haven't been in the starting line-up for a few games. You get periods like that in football. Nonetheless, I try to give it my all every day in order to support the team and to show the coach that I'm ready."