Florian Kohfeldt: “At the end of the day, we deserved to lose for a few reasons. The principle reason was the first 35 minutes of the game. We had space and opportunities and we played some good football, so we had the chance to take control of the match. But we couldn’t switch on and pressure them; I felt like we didn’t make our presence in the game felt. For the first goal, our pressing was lacking and the second goal was poor marking. That was really annoying because it was something we’d covered in training. Before their second goal, we were poor in possession which is something that shouldn’t be happening to us. When we made it 3-1, we had a chance to get back into the game, but the fourth goal really settled the match. It wasn’t good enough for the Bundesliga in a lot of ways, but especially in terms the way we approached the game tactically.”
Frank Baumann: "Both the result and the performance are disappointing, especially from the 40th minute onwards. Up to that point, both teams were very cautious, and we were on top for periods. Defensively we were pretty good until then and we were winning the ball back well, but we didn’t do enough with it. But we wanted to take control of the game. After Hertha’s goal, we didn’t push forwards and instead dropped deeper. We didn’t offer enough and we were too passive. The belief in our game that we spent so long looking for last year and only started to find again after the restart just wasn’t there. That was noticeable when we were in possession but even more when we were defending. We need to rediscover this belief."