We gathered the thoughts from the players and coaches after Borussia’s 1-0 loss away to Stuttgart on Saturday.
Christoph Kramer: We’re bitterly disappointed to have lost. This afternoon’s results were all quite positive for us, so to then go and put in a performance like that and fail to get the win as well is incredible frustrating. Their goal obviously came from an individual error, but that’s not the main reason we lost today. We weren’t present enough, were poor in possession and didn’t have any solutions against a side who were happy to sit deep. We ought to have taken the lead early on, there’s no doubt about that. Nevertheless, there’s no excuse for that performance. We weren’t incisive enough.
Tobias Strobl: The things we were doing so well in the first half of the season just aren’t happening for us at the moment. We need to start keeping clean sheets again and we have to start scoring more goals. Stuttgart attacked us high up the pitch in the opening 20 minutes, but then we started to dictate the play. If we put that chance away after four minutes, I’m sure it would have been a very different game. It was a lifeline for our opponents and it was very tough from there.
Dieter Hecking: It was a disappointing performance, there’s no two ways about it. We had to score early on and take advantage of our opponents’ uncertainty, but once again we failed to take our chances. After that, when you play as sloppily as we did, don’t make sprints and give your opponents counterattacking opportunities, then it’s hardly surprising that you end up losing. The way we entered challenges simply wasn’t Bundesliga worthy today. Apart from the last 20 minutes, there was nothing of what we talked about before the game out there on the pitch. If we carry on playing like that, we won’t achieve any of our goals.
Stuttgart coach Nico Willig: We’re over the moon to have played like that against Borussia Mönchengladbach. We desperately needed those points. We’re well aware that we were lucky not to be 1-0 down after four minutes, but Ron-Robert Zieler sent a signal to the rest of the team with that save. It helped push them on. We worked incredible hard – we pressed our opponents high, but we also stayed disciplined when we had too. The boys threw everything into it and I’m incredibly proud of them.