Borussia’s captain spoke in an interview after the 2-0 loss against RB Leipzig about the disappointment of the defeat, conceding early and the changes to the league table.
Lars, how disappointed are you after the 2-0 loss in Leipzig?
Stindl: We are very disappointed in ourselves with the loss in Leipzig. We are not happy with the goals we conceded and the performance on the whole.
What were the reasons for the loss?
Stindl: I think we set up well to stop Leipzig from being a threat. We know how dangerous RB Leipzig can be but we did not start the game well and could not get a foothold in the match in the first 15 minutes. On top of that, we conceded another early goal and had to try and come from behind again. We did come back into the game and started to pose more of a threat. We needed to make the most of the chances we had to equalise before half time. We would have then had something to build on.
It was unfortunately Leipzig who scored the next goal.
Stindl: It is very difficult to come back into the game in the second half after going 2-0 down just before half time. We put our all into the game and could have come back into the game but Leipzig continued to play really well. Leipzig have some really pacey players and continued to be dangerous on the break.
It was the fifth time this season that Borussia have conceded in the first 15 minutes. How do you explain that?
Stindl: The lads are all aware of the situation. We conceded a very early goal in the last home game against Hannover. We have spoken about it as a team and we needed to cover the runners better. We also had many chances to clear the danger but the ball fell to Timo Werner who scored with the first shot of the game. It isn’t anything to do with the time in the game. Unfortunately we failed to turn the game around like we did against Hannover.
Can you take anything from the game despite it being a defeat?
Stindl: The fact we could play football and create chances against a good team like Leipzig gives us confidence for the next games. We did not get blown away by Leipzig’s attacking threat and we had phases in which we controlled the game. We can take this a positive from the match.
Despite the loss, you are still second in the league but Leipzig are now only one point behind.
Stindl: We wanted to win in Leipzig no matter what the table looked like. We do not focus on the rest of the teams in the league but more on our own game. We have played really well so far this season and have done a lot of things right. We would have loved to have won in Leipzig but it was unfortunately not to be.