The Eagles criticised their showing in the opening period against Gladbach but also saw some positives and are looking forward to the next big challenge.

Kevin Trapp: “I think we’re in a similar situation to the one we were in at the end of the first half of the season. The table’s there for everyone to see, but we came back from that. We were asleep in the early stages and Gladbach took full advantage. Gladbach scored with their first two shots as we just didn’t get tackles in. We mustn’t let that happen, but after that we played OK. Everyone needs to up their game so that we don’t slip down. It won’t be any easier in Munich next week – we need to be wide awake from the start there.”

Martin Hinteregger: “Gladbach are a very strong side. When you’re 2-0 down against a team like that, it’s obviously going to be difficult. The start obviously went in their favour, but we got into the game more later on and didn’t do badly. It was more open in the second half but our goal came a bit too late. The energy from the crowd which normally pushes you on was unfortunately not there, but that can’t be an excuse. We just have to defend better at the beginning.”

Bas Dost:
“I’m annoyed that we started badly. At times we were on it and had our chances. There was more in it for us today.”

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