"We didn’t defend until the very end" - #FCUBMG reaction

We gathered the thoughts of the players and the coaches after Borussia's 2-1 defeat to Union Berlin on Sunday afternoon.

Marvin Friedrich: We had a lot of control in the first half and didn’t let Union create much. Then we actually start ed the second half well and played well in possession. At some points, however, we were just playing the ball long. However, sometimes it’s just about defending the lead in any way possible. We were doing a decent job of that but we did really badly for each of the two goals we conceded. We didn’t defend until the very end. We switched off at the final corner and we didn’t put them under pressure when they were putting in the cross. It’s tough to concede the winning goal in the seventh minute of added time.

Christoph Kramer: I think we were asking to concede in the final half an hour. It’s fine to sit deeper against Union Berlin, but then you have to be really good defending the crosses, and we weren’t towards the end. There were a lot of high balls that we should have won. We did well in the first half and were in control, but we didn’t find any outlet to the pressure in the second half and didn’t really assert ourselves going forward. With all the craziness in the game, we needed to calm it down and play football.

Nico Elvedi: We wanted to win here. We were optimistic ahead of the game and played well in the first half. We had periods of possession and chances to score and so the lead was deserved. Lars Stindl’s corner for my goal was a great delivery, Christ Kramer got in the way of a defender and I just had to head it in. Union applied more pressure in the second half, there were a lot of crosses and corners and that’s how their two goals came about in the end. We’ve lost our last three games now, but I’m confident that we’ll get back in form. We have a good chance to do that at home to Stuttgart on Friday.

Daniel Farke: You have to expect anything in football, especially here at the Alte Försterei. Union often score late on. You have to be wide awake, and we weren’t in the final seconds. It's a disappointing result and a defeat that's hard to accept. Our first half was very good. We were very solid and didn't them anything. We deserved to take the lead and perhaps could have been a bit better with a few of our moves after that. Unfortunately, we didn’t do that and Union started to apply more and more pressure, but, being honest, we didn’t concede any real chances and then their equaliser comes from a deep cross from midfield. It came from nothing. After that, they got their belief back and the stadium turned in their favour and made it difficult for us. Our defensive set up wasn’t right at the end for their second goal and we paid the price today. It’s very hard to take because we deserved more.

Union Berlin head coach Urs Fischer: It was a fantastic second half in which we really dominated. Despite going behind, my team never gave up and above all, they didn't get desperate, but rather remained calm and played their game. We didn't really use long balls and instead tried to play shorter to break them down. In the end we got the reward. I think our first-half performance was also good. We had opportunities, but we either weren’t clinical enough or the final touch or pass was just a bit off. We kept working hard in the second half and deserved the victory in the end.

Nico Elvedi


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