We gathered the thoughts from both camps after Frankfurt’s 1-0 win at BORUSSIA-PARK.
Christoph Kramer: We weren’t in the game during the opening 20 minutes. It seemed like every long ball from Frankfurt resulted in a chance. We simply weren’t awake to the second ball and weren’t strong enough in the air. You can’t make it much easier for your opponents than we did for their goal. Then all of a sudden, you’ve got a very different game on your hands; they can afford to sit back and don’t need to try and attack. It’s very difficult to get in behind when that happens, but we got into a couple of decent positions. I don’t think you can complain too much about our second-half efforts.
Jannik Vestergaard: It’s a real blow, but you have to say we deserved to lose. We didn’t find our feet until the half-hour mark, although it’s not easy to create chances against a side defending that well and compactly inside their own box. Frankfurt were better with their final ball than us today, but perhaps luck was on their side too. After all, if you work the ball as much as we did today, you usually end up with at least one concrete chance, but we have to accept that we didn’t do enough with our possession.
Thorgan Hazard: Like in Augsburg, we really didn’t start the game well. Frankfurt had two big strikers and that caused our defence some problems in the air. The goal made things easier for them, as they only had to defend. We did all we could to try and turn the game around, but we didn’t work enough clear-cut opportunities. I tried to hard with the chance that I had and unfortunately missed the target. We just have to keep working and hope to win the next game.
Dieter Hecking: I’m not happy that we had similar start to the Augsburg game. We struggled with long balls, which Boateng and Haller really dominated in the air. It’s something we spoke about before the game, but it took us half an hour to get them under wraps. There were a couple of decent breakaways, but sadly we couldn’t get a shot away. That’s something we have to improve on. We tried and tried, but couldn’t find the gaps, so you have to say it’s a fair result.
Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac: My team were super in the first 30 minutes. Gladbach didn’t really know what hit them. We took our foot off the gas a little afterwards though and were more passive. Borussia pushed us further back in the second half and had a lot more of the ball, but our overall performance against a great side like them in front of this crowd deserved the win.