“We gave up our lead too easily!”

The reaction after the away game in Frankfurt | Ralph Hasenhüttl, Stefan Ilsanker, Konrad Laimer, Péter Gulácsi und Emil Forsberg assess the 2-1 defeat.

Ralph Hasenhüttl:

We deserved to lose. Frankfurt were the better team, and they played with much more passion. Today we didn’t have enough mental strength to mount a comeback after their second goal. Also, our substitutions did not have the desired effect today.

We started the game well, but we gave up our lead far, far too easily. Up to the moment when we were initially awarded a penalty, we didn’t managed to create many more chances.


Stefan Ilsanker:

Frankfurt scored two, we only managed one. I think a draw would have been a fair result. We started well, and scored a really nice goal to take the lead. Unfortunately, we then fell asleep twice and went behind. Frankfurt finished their chances well, first a normal goal, and then a counter-attack. But we can’t afford to let the opposition do that.

Ralph Hasenhüttl
Stefan Ilsanker

Konrad Laimer:

We started well and deserved to take the lead. Then we were unlucky to concede twice, and afterwards just couldn’t get ourselves back into the game. It was a battle from the first second to the last, and Frankfurt managed to edge it. That is tough to take, but now we need to learn from it and move on. On Thursday, it’s on with the next game.

Péter Gulácsi:

As expected, it was a tough game. We played too many long balls and never got back into the game after going behind. Frankfurt punished our mistakes, played aggressively, and put us under pressure early. We tried our best in the second half, but we just couldn’t get back to the way we were playing at the start of the match. The circumstances surrounding the game had no effect on the result.

Konrad Laimer
Péter Gulácsi

Emil Forsberg:

Frankfurt were simply better than us. After our brilliant goal, we stopped playing the football we are capable of, and instead played right into Frankfurt’s hands. Long balls, and lots of direct challenges. There were lots of duels, and we lost too many of them.

Emil Forsberg

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