NEWS: 04.05.2019

“Lucky to get a draw” - Hoffenheim reaction

“Lucky to get a draw” - Hoffenheim reaction
Yann Sommer im Interview.

We gathered the thoughts from the players and coaches after Borussia’s 2-2 draw with Hoffenheim on Saturday.

Yann Sommer: We were lucky to get a draw. We didn’t create anything in the first half – it was a really tough 45 minutes for us. Fortunately we were only 1-0 down as Hoffenheim could have scored a lot more. We fought back well twice in the second half though. I’m delighted for Josip to score such an important goal for us after the struggles he’s had. It’s been a difficult few weeks, we haven’t had many good results. It’s normal for that to have an effect on the team – we’re not exactly brimming with confidence of late. But getting a point today given how the game played out will give us a boost. We will try to carry that positivity into our remaining matches.

Matthias Ginter: We certainly couldn’t complain about being 1-0 down at half time as it could have been more. We changed things at the break and that got us into the game more and we started creating chances. It was difficult for us today because Hoffenheim were on us man-to-man. I feel like I had about five touches today because Adam Szalai was practically standing on my toes. When we were able to work the ball out, we had some space. The minimum goal today was to keep a European competitor behind us, and we managed that at least.

Jordan Beyer: We really struggled in the first half. We were just starting to find our feet when we conceded an unfortunate goal. Emotions were running high in the second half. We made it 1-1 and were in the ascendancy, but then we still ended up being pegged back at 2-1. We threw everything we had at it again though and managed to get the draw. We really wanted to win today, but we can be happy with a point too. It was important to keep another side fighting for Europe at arm’s length. Now it’s still in our own hands for the final two games.

Dieter Hecking: 2-2 feels like a good result in the end. We weren’t very good at all in the first half, although Hoffenheim were really strong and gave us real problems from the start. The half-time break was key for us to try and get the players out of that funk and go again, and I think we managed that. We got the equaliser when we weren’t really on top, and then it became a bit of a free-for-all. The real positive we can take away from the game is that the team were determined not to lose and managed to get another equaliser. You can sense that we’re lacking in confidence at the moment, so it’s even more important for the team to stick together in moments like these.

Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann: It was a really good away performance. We fully deserved six points from our two games against Gladbach this season, but we’ve only come away with two, which is very frustrating. We had a great first half; we put them under a lot of pressure and won possession back quickly, although we didn’t always make the most of our counterattacks. We started the second 45 well too, but then the game became a little more open, which is normal when you’re only one goal in front. Borussia had to take more risks and we ought to have killed the game, but then we concede the equaliser from a set piece, which isn’t always avoidable. However, their goal to make it 2-2 shouldn’t be happening – we let Traoré run at us from his own half.

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