After the 2-2 draw at RB Leipzig, Jonas Hofmann spoke in an interview about the strong first half from the Foals, the dismissal for Alassane Plea and the big fight they put in whilst being outnumbered.
Jonas, how do you assess the draw in Leipzig after playing an excellent first half and then going a man down very late on?
Hofmann: Perhaps not many of us would have believed that we would score in Leipzig before the game began. But we did, and now we can start the next week with a little more confidence and with our heads held high. Nevertheless, it’s gutting that they equalised so late in the game. We defended well even when we were a man down and we did everything we could to get the win. In the end we unfortunately only took one point.
Observers said after the game that your first half was the best so far this season. Do you think so too?
Hofmann: Yes, definitely. Especially because it was in Leipzig, and it came after many said that we weren't that good away from home. We can take a lot of positives from that first half and go away from this game with plenty of momentum.
What was your take on the Alassane Plea red card?
Hofmann: Of course Lasso complains and waves twice. The referee stands in front of him and sees that. I don't know if he speaks French and Lasso said something else to him. But I it was a harsh decision to show the red card rather than just the yellow. It was a moment that really decided the game. I would have preferred a little more sensitivity, despite the new ruling. If it had only been a yellow card, nobody would have complained, and if we hadn’t have got that red card, I think the game would have been different.
How did the sending off affect the game?
Hofmann: Well if you go a man down in Leipzig it’s never going to be easy. We then switched to a 5-3-1, so Breel Embolo was mostly alone against four or five Leipzig defenders up front. To get one point was hard work in itself and I’m just happy that we remain in and around that top group of teams.
You played well from a personal standpoint, scoring your first goal of the season. How do you rate your performance?
Hofmann: In the first half I was able to get on the ball a lot, in the second half I was naturally very defensive. I think that was fine by me. Of course it was good to score another goal.
Next Saturday, 1. FC Köln comes to BORUSSIA-PARK. Would you say you're going into the derby feeling good?
Hofmann: Absolutely. For me, to get a point in Leipzig is a decent result, as was win in the Hinrunde against FC Bayern Munich. Now we’re just really looking forward to the derby and I’m sure it will be a good one.