Reaction to the victory in Köln
FC Augsburg take home three points from the opening game of 2021 after a 1-0 win away to Cologne. "We had the better of the game, we were stronger in the challenges and had a better pass completion rate," said Heiko Herrlich, understandably pleased with his team's performance. Here is the full match reaction.
Marco Richter: "We deserved the three points today in my opinion - we had more of the game and put in a good performance away from home. Flo Niederlechner showed how important he is for the team today, even though he's not scored yet. He hold the ball up well and set up Iago brilliantly for the winning goal today. We want to build on this positive performance in the coming games. "
Florian Niederlechner: “If the video assistant said it was offside twice, then it probably was. I’m happy with my assist today and pleased with the three points, as it was a tough game and Köln have stabilised themselves in the last few weeks. We had more of the play and put in a good performance. The three points have also given us some breathing space in the table.”
Rafał Gikiewicz: “The key to the win was that we kept a clean sheet and took our chance up front. Köln were only dangerous at set pieces, because we were always fully focused. We’ve got 19 points now, which is good at this stage. We showed again how mentally strong we are and that we can lift ourselves towards the end of games.”
Heiko Herrlich: "We had more of the ball, we were stronger in our challenges and we had the better pass completion rate. Both teams canceled each other out defensively in the first half, but we stayed in the game and did really well to create the goal. After taking the lead, we could have done more with our counterattacks in order to kill the game. This important win means we have 19 points from 14 games and the players now have the chance to show that they are still hungry for more . "
Markus Gisdol: "Congratulations to FC Augsburg. This was the kind of game where I thought the team who scored the first goal would win it. We had the chance to take the lead, but didn't and we ended up losing a typical 0 -0 game. We'll analyze this and carry on working hard. "