Reaction to Hoffenheim defeat
Two goals in quick succession for Hoffenheim saw FCA lose 3-1 on Monday evening. “In the five minutes after half-time we threw away everything that we had worked so hard for up to that point,” lamented head coach Heiko Herrlich. Read all the reaction to the defeat in Sinsheim.
Daniel Caligiuri: “We weren’t in the game for a long time, but then we scored the equaliser and had high hopes for the second half. I had a really good feeling, but then we blew it all in five minutes. That hurt us, and we weren’t able to come back for a second time tonight even though we had a few chances.”
Florian Niederlechner: “We started badly and Hoffenheim let a few chances pass them by after taking the lead. After that we did really well, though. Shortly before the break I had a good chance which Oliver Baumann did well to stop. We threw it away in the first five minutes after the break and after that it was obviously difficult. We had to work hard without the ball, and we weren’t clinical enough to finish off our own attacks. Now we have to put it out of our minds. We want to taste success again in the Schalke match.”
Rafał Gikiewicz: “The key points in the game were the start to the first half and above all the start to the second half. We didn’t defend well enough as a team at those times. The three goals we conceded were too soft, but we have to shake off the defeat quickly so that we do better against Schalke.”
Jeffrey Gouweleuw: “Hoffenheim were much better than us today, especially at the start. But after the equaliser we were back in it at 1-1 and even had the opportunity to turn the game around completely, but the two quick goals after the break basically decided the match. We weren’t focused enough and made it too easy for our opponents.”
Heiko Herrlich: “We had issues getting through in the first 25 minutes. Then we changed things up, scored the equaliser and even had the chance to go ahead. But in the five minutes after half-time we threw away everything that we had worked so hard for up to that point. I felt that the game was over after those goals, but the team still kept pushing forward and making chances. But we needed the goal to pull one back, and we couldn’t get it, so Hoffenheim deserved the win in the end.”
Sebastian Hoeneß, Hoffenheim head coach: “There was real pressure on today’s match, but the way that my team coped with that pressure was great. At times the game was really open and we made it hard for ourselves once again, but the team coped with that well, too. In the end it is a fully-deserved victory."