In an interview, Christoph Kramer discusses the 2-0 defeat at Union Berlin and talks about the importance of the upcoming games for the Foals.
Christoph, you lost 2-0 at Union Berlin. Why do you think you lost this one?
Kramer: We knew what to expect at Union Berlin and we expected a hostile atmosphere. Despite an exhausting past few weeks, we actually built up a lot of momentum and we played well for long stretches of the game. Unfortunately, we just came across an opponent who played a little better. Union played very well and were in top form. We started off well, but Union sat back and defended strongly. Nevertheless, we freed up plenty of space on the flanks and created a lot of chances, we just couldn’t get that early goal which has been problematic for us in recent games as we’ve let our opponents in to the game when we’re on top. We had two really good chances at the beginning, but we didn’t take them, which ultimately doomed us.
Why do you think you weren’t as potent offensively as you have been in recent weeks?
Kramer: We had some good opportunities, especially coming in from the wings. Unfortunately, a lot of the time, we didn’t have enough men in the box and our crosses were eventually cut out by the Union defenders, who played really well. Luck also plays a key role in scoring goals and we didn’t get the luck we needed today. Even though it was obviously not a good game for us, I think everyone saw that we defended quite well and we tried everything we could to get a goal. We can’t blame ourselves too much for the defeat because we threw everything at them.
What did make of their first goal?
Kramer: I didn’t see it properly, but I think it came from a counterattack, where we pushed a lot of our players forward. Oscar Wendt was caught too high then and we were a defender short at the back which left Anthony Ujah free to head home in the box. The real mistake was losing the ball in the first place and unfortunately, goals often arise from such positions. Of course we should be doing everything we can to prevent situations like that, but they are part of football.
Do you think that you just tried too many complex things yesterday?
Kramer: I don’t think we tried anything more complex than Union. Of course, the early lead played in to their hands, after that they tended to shoot from distance which meant we didn’t really get the chance to counter attack.
In the UEFA Europa League as well as in the Bundesliga, two more important games await you away at Wolfsberger AC and at home against SC Freiburg next week. How do you got about regaining focus after a defeat like this?
Kramer: We continue to do exactly as we have done in recent weeks. We didn’t play poorly at all, so this defeat won’t slow us down. Defeat is part of playing sport and it certainly won’t be the last one we ever have. It’s more important how we handle it. I think that we have shown in the past that we can handle it well and we know how to deal with things rationally.