“It was very harsh”

Reaction to the Hoffenheim game
Werder fought but failed to get anything from the game against Hoffenheim (Photo: nordphoto).
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Saturday, 24.08.2019 / 19:20

Werder lost 3-2 in Hoffenheim on matchday 2, but the scoreline does not tell the full story. Werder led, then equalised and went down to ten men, and ultimately couldn’t get anything out of the game. Ömer Toprak was also forced off through injury and will probably also be out for the game against FC Augsburg next weekend. However, despite their second defeat of the season, Werder still feel that they are on the right track.

On the game:

Nuri Sahin: “There was a lot of back and forth, and it was very open. You go out and get the reward yourself. Conceding two goals from corners can’t happen. We’ve now conceded three goals from set pieces in two games. Everyone has the intention of defending these set pieces, but it’s really difficult to get points in the Bundesliga with numbers like that. The good thing is that it’s easy to analyse. It would be cool if we could make that better straight away. Two games, no points, that’s not enough. We have to look over two things. Firstly, the result: we started badly. Secondly: our plan came undone very often in phases in the games against Düsseldorf and Hoffenheim. We know that Hoffenheim would draw us in with their three defenders at the back, but we also knew that we would also be winning the ball back. We always had a solution and we scored two goals against Hoffenheim. You should not be losing when you do that.”

Kevin Möhwald: “We lost the game because we were asleep twice.”

Werder came back when down to ten men, but it wasn't enough (Photo: nordphoto).

Niclas Füllkrug: “It was a harsh game. You should never lose a game like that from a set piece. We were good and managed to get the equaliser with a strong pressing game after going down to ten men. We made our mistakes in exactly the wrong situations. There just wasn’t much coming together. It’s very, very harsh, but you can’t forget that we also had bad periods today.”

Davy Klaassen: “We did too little with the ball today, but we went in front and even came back after going down to ten. We conceded the goals much to easily.”

Florian Kohfeldt: “I’ll say it again. We’re on the right track. We had a strong game away from home, but in the end, we’ve conceded two goals from set pieces and that just can’t happen. The team showed their morale, effort and fight but a lot of things are going against us at the moment.”

Frank Baumann: “We made unnecessary mistakes twice today and we’ve had two unnecessary defeats. The team has morale, they’re carving out chances, and they’re scoring goals. We have to keep working. We defended well in general, but we have to be better on the set pieces. We’ll come together and we’ll be successful again.”

On the handball:

Niclas Füllkrug equalised but the goal was ruled out for handball (Photo: nordphoto).

Nuri Sahin: “The whole of Germany is talking about the handball rule, so I don’t want to get involved. I’m completely relaxed when the referee goes to check a decision, as there must have been some touch on the hand. It’s harsh in the moment, but we’ll carry on.”

Niclas Füllkrug: “If you call the handball into question, you also have to look at the shirt pulling. That was going on, and you can be just as petty with that. It would have never been a handball in midfield, but according to the new rule it’s correct.”

Davy Klaassen: “If that’s the rule, then he has to give handball there.”

On the defeat:

Kevin Möhwald: “We’ll carry on believing in our football. When you start with two defeats, it’s difficult, but we’ve got to carry on on the same path with our football, create more chances and score more goals. We’re very self-critical and we’ll brutally analyse it. We won’t be occupying ourselves with anything else. Nothing will come from shying away from things. From Monday we’ll be focused on Augsburg. Three goals from set pieces, we have to work on that.”

Nuri Sahin: “I believe in the path that we’re on and I hope that we can go into the international break with three points.”

Niclas Füllkrug: “We’ll work on the mistakes. The coach is very hard-working, and he’ll give us everything so that we finally pick up our first three points.”

Florian Kohfeldt: “Scoring two goals away from home isn’t bad, but I’ll still look at the game critically.”

On the injury situation:

Ömer Toprak was forced off due to injury after 15 minutes (Photo: nordphoto)

Kevin Möhwald: “The injury to Ömer already had us a bit down. After he went off, we had to patch things up and make do, but I think that we solved the problem very well. Obviously it didn’t go perfectly, but we have to live with that. We hope that he’s not out for a long time and that he’s back soon. Things like that are unlucky, but injuries happen in football.”

Nuri Sahin: “Ömer was good in the game, I assume that he picked something up. He doesn’t go off easily, I know him well. I hope that he’s not out for long as he’s a top player and he’ll take us further long-term.”

Florian Kohfeldt: “I’d like to tell the players to be careful when they cross the street. I’ve got the feeling that they could be hurt getting off the bus at the moment. We’re at our limit injury-wise. Our squad is far better than our capabilities allow because we’ve got a great sporting director. Three quarters of the league are laughing at the amount that we’ve spent on transfers. Our squad is strong, but what we can’t absorb is losing three of our back four.”

Frank Baumann: “We have to take the injury situation as it is and we want to pick up our first points next weekend. We lost through lots of injuries and a couple of mistakes – that’s not an ideal situation.”


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