"We were sleeping for the whole first half"

Reaction to the Mainz game

Werder lost 2-1 against Mainz 05 on Sunday evening (Photo: nordphoto).
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Sunday, 04.11.2018 // 20:58 Uhr

SVW were beaten 2-1 in Mainz on Matchday 10. “We left it too late to start playing football. It was a case of too little, too late,” explained Maximilian Eggestein after the game. It was the second defeat in a row for Werder in the Bundesliga. “We will speak to the players. But it is not worth having a meltdown over,” said Werder coach Florian Kohfeldt.

On the match:

The equalising goal just did not come (Photo: nordphoto).

Claudio Pizarro: “I think the first half was the worst we have played all season. It was really, really poor. We came back into the game after pulling one back but we did not do enough to get the equaliser.”

Frank Baumann: “The comeback came too late. We stayed in the game but the performance was not good enough. Everything we have worked on over the past months was not on show today.”

Florian Kohfeldt: “We were asleep in the first half. We then woke up but probably only deserved a point at most.”

Maximilian Eggestein: “We left it too late to start playing football. It was a case of too little, too late. We need to go back to the drawing board and start playing football the Werder way again.”

On the current situation:

Johannes Eggestein got an assist after coming off the bench (Photo: nordphoto).

Maximilian Eggestein: "We’ve been brought back to reality and now we need to start working immediately to get back to playing to our strengths. We’re able to analyse that clearly, however, and get a grip on it soon. We could have been up there with a win. Now we’re not. On Saturday we can show how good we are."

Davy Klaassen: "It’s our own fault. We were well prepared, but the game was just bad. I don’t care who our next opponent is, we simply need to do better."

Florian Kohfeldt: "There’s no need to start panicking, but we need to speak clearly about certain things. This is a great bunch of guys and they’re sitting in the changing room now sad and angry, questioning their own performance. That’s how it should be. We all need to take a look at our performance, both myself in how I prepared the team and the boys on the pitch. We didn’t give everything we had today, which annoys me a lot."

Claudio Pizarro: "It’s a difficult situation now. These things happen. We need to try start moving forward again and win the next game."


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