In spite of a good second-half performance, Heiko Herrlich’s mean and a busy week on a sour note with a 2-0 loss away at Hertha BSC. “The chances were there, just the little things were lacking,” said the FCA head coach after the game. Here is the reaction to the defeat.
Daniel Baier: “We’ve got a big squad, and everyone has earned their right to play. We didn’t play well in the first half but looked a different team after the break and started to create some chances. But we didn’t do enough for the equaliser, so we’re going home empty-handed. We can build on the second-half performance though.”
Rani Khedira: “It was our third game in three days, and we struggled to get going in the first half. We started the second well and a point would’ve been deserved. The double substitution at half time was really effective. We’re conscious of the situation and will continue to work hard.”
Eduard Löwen: “We were bereft of ideas in the first half but reacted well after the break. We looked a much better side and put them under a lot of pressure. But they countered ruthlessly at the end. I was happy with the game, but now we need to forget about it. We need to keep on working hard in order to pick up points.”
Marco Richter: “It’s hard to find the words after that. Hertha are on a bit of a run; we knew that beforehand and analysed them thoroughly. We didn’t start well but played for the win in the second half. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t convert in the end, the bar got in my way late on. It’s a tough situation but we have the quality to achieve Bundesliga survival.”
Heiko Herrlich: “It was a game of two halves. In the first half, we didn’t put any pressure on the ball, weren’t brave enough in possession and deserved to be a goal down. We were much better after the break and have four big chances to turn the game around. So it’s tough not to be taking anything away from this game. The plan was to put fresh players in from the start to put them under pressure, but we couldn’t do that. The chances were there, just the little things were lacking. We wanted to force the equaliser and our performance in the second half was a good one. It’s just a shame we couldn’t score. If we have more performances like that one after the break, I’m optimistic for the coming matches.”
Bruno Labbadia: “After fifteen minutes, we were able to escape from FCA’s grasp. We played some really good football and should’ve doubled our lead. After the break, our main task was to keep a clean sheet. We had to suffer, because FCA were extremely tough opponents. It was a special win, because now we’ve taken ten points from our last four games.