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Maaßen: “Despite the win, we need to improve”

Post-match reaction on the win against Bremen

First Team 04.03.2023, 19:00

Once more, FC Augsburg showed their strength at home on Saturday afternoon, fighting out a 2-1 win against SV Werder Bremen. Despite the three points, head coach Enrico Maaßen and his team were critical of their performance. Here is all the post-match reaction.

Dion Beljo: “I’m over the moon to have scored my first goal for FCA. It was a typical goal for me, I enjoy scoring goals like that. I’ve been working hard every day to finally get going in this league, which is very different to where I played before. I feel very good here, though, and I’m happy that I could help the team with my goal. I don’t have any specific targets for myself in terms of goal numbers, but today was a good start.”

Ermedin Demirović: “There’s a lot of joy for these three points, but the best thing for me is that Dion scored his first goal today. What’s impressive is how hard he works every day – he more than earned that goal for himself. The game was a bit up and down, so it was even more important that we could see the win over the line.”

Rafał Gikiewicz: “It was a poor game from us – Bremen were better in most parts of the game. That means we’re happy to have won our fourth home game in a row. Unfortunately we didn’t keep a clean sheet, but the lads saved my bacon. All in all, we made too many mistakes and we can be grateful that these weren’t punished.”

Arne Maier: “We’re still unbeaten at home this year, and that’s the positive from this game. We made lots of mistakes and it was definitely not an enjoyable one to watch, but at the end of the day, the three points is what counts. We had that bit of luck on our side today. We can travel to Munich without any stress now, and put our all into that game there.”

Enrico Maaßen: “We’re definitely lucky victors today – we somehow managed to win our fourth home game in a row, which is fantastic. The positive today was our battling performance; we ran over 120 kilometres as a team today and put our all in. Nevertheless, we need to be self-critical, as we made too many simple mistakes and could have conceded one or two more goals. The attitude was good, but we need to improve in all areas. In general, the game was poor, because we didn’t put our normal style of football down onto the pitch today. We know that a performance like this in Munich will not be anywhere near enough.”

Werder head coach Ole Werner: “We put in a decent performance and were definitely not the worse of the two teams. We defended poorly on two occasions and at the end of the day, we created lots of chances to only score one of them. These were the reasons we have left empty-handed today. The defeat hurts, but it won’t throw us off track. We’ll get back to working hard on our game – from tomorrow, our full focus is on the next match against Leverkusen.”

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SV Werder Bremen
Rafał Gikiewicz
Arne Maier
Enrico Maaßen
Ermedin Demirović
Dion Beljo