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A bad afternoon in Leverkusen

Post-match reaction

First Team 22.01.2022, 18:41

FC Augsburg were beaten 5-1 away to Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Saturday. Here are all the relevant post-match quotes.

Michael Gregoritsch: “This was a really disappointing defeat because we didn’t play to our strengths today. We had a few chances once we won back possession but didn’t make enough of them. We made mistakes for their goals and invited them onto us. We were back in it once we got one back, but their third goal then killed our momentum. We need to be horrible to play against again and give 100% in tackles. We have to start picking up points after the break.”

Arne Maier: “I’d gladly not have scored my first Bundesliga goal if it had meant we had won today. We went behind early on and weren’t at the races. Our performance today wasn’t good enough for a Bundesliga team, in particular because of how quickly we conceded the last three goals. That simply cannot happen.”

Jeffrey Gouweleeuw: “Conceding five goals really hurts. Leverkusen obviously have quality in their ranks, but we can’t play like we did today. We lost the ball too often and gave them too many chances. It was too easy for them and they took advantage of that. We need to be on our toes and everybody needs to realise that every point, even every goal can be important. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us this season!”

Markus Weinzierl: “Our defending was too careless and that’s fatal against a team with Leverkusen’s quality. The first two goals were too soft – we didn’t show any fight. We let them run the game and didn’t stop them getting into dangerous areas. The decisive factor today was our lack of intensity in the tackle. We have to improve on this and we’ll work hard over the next two weeks.”

Gerardo Seoane: “It was a good performance by my team. We started really well and forced them into making mistakes. We then got our goals at the right moments. Our performance levels dropped slightly for a short period in the second half, but we got back on track quickly and got the goals to seal the win. This game today was a clear step in the right direction for us.”

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Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Jeffrey Gouweleeuw
Michael Gregoritsch
Markus Weinzierl
Arne Maier