We gathered the thoughts from the players and coaches after Borussia’s 3-1 home defeat to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
Yann Sommer: Leverkusen were the better side in the first half. We didn’t find the right solutions and gave the ball away too easily, but we were only 1-0 down at the break even though they had a huge chance to score a second that luckily didn’t go in. We drew a line under the first half at the break and just wanted to focus on playing better in the second half, which we did. The penalty was a real setback for us though. We were right back in the game and had some good chances, but then coming back again from 2-1 down is very tough mentally. Nevertheless, we had chances to do it. Leverkusen were just more clinical today. They picked us up man-to-man, were very aggressive and didn’t give us any time or space in our build-up play.
Stefan Lainer: Leverkusen scored three goals and we only scored one – that’s why they won. They were incredibly clinical. They had the better chances in the first half and we were still just feeling our way into the game. The second half was a lot more open and we had some good opportunities. I think you can give the penalty. We were a little annoyed as there was a similar situation just before in their box, but the decision was made and we didn’t manage to turn the game around. We wanted to keep tabs on the top spots and every win and point was important to make that happen, so it really hurts to drop three points. All in all, Leverkusen were more effective so they deserved to win.
Marco Rose:It’s a disappointing defeat because we went into the game with different expectations. Leverkusen were the better side; they had more control and played simple football. Their pace in attack hurt us and they won more tackles and more second balls. Despite that, we didn’t actually allow them to have many chances. We didn’t apply enough pressure in the final third though and didn’t create enough to hurt Leverkusen. We changed things around at half time because we wanted more presence up in attack, so we wanted to make it easier for our full backs to press. We started the second half well and just as we were hitting our stride and got the equaliser, we had the chance to go 2-1 up. Thuram was held when he had a chance and then they get a penalty instead straight down the other end. Ultimately, that was the crux in the match.
Leverkusen head coach Peter Bosz: We played well in the first half. We put them under pressure and attacked with courage. We ought to have made it 2-0 before the break. Gladbach made it tougher for us in the second half. The referee had another look at the penalty before making his decision so I can only assume it was the right call. Nevertheless, we put in a top performance in a big game.