“Put it behind us and go again” – Post-match reaction
There was disappointment for Eintracht following Sunday’s defeat to Augsburg, but after a good run of results, they remain confident ahead of Thursday’s UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg.
Fredi Bobic: “There were a number of factors. We squandered some golden opportunities in the first half and should’ve been further in front before the equaliser. Then we were hit by a few big blows, first of all the Augsburg goals but more importantly the red card. We have to accept the defeat, put it behind us, recover well and go again.”
Danny Da Costa: “We struggled, it was a tough game. We actually started well and deserved to take the lead as we were aggressive and played good football. We weren’t as dominant after the equaliser and became a bit unsettled and lost our game plan. We kept fighting but didn’t really get a foothold. We went to great lengths and did put them under pressure but it comes down to nuances. If you’re one step too late, that can be enough. To get two red cards in four days is obviously a blow. We need to play much better on Thursday and we will.”
Makoto Hasebe: “That was a very bitter defeat. We gave everything until the last minute. Playing two matches with 10 men for long periods consumes a lot of energy. We need to look forward, stay positive, clear our minds and be fresh on Thursday. We’ve had a great season so far so we can keep our heads high.”
Adi Hütter: “It was a very avoidable defeat. We missed chances to take the lead at the start or rather to make it 2-0 after we’d scored. Augsburg then struck twice in clinical fashion, we got an unnecessary red card after the restart and then it was difficult. The sending off knocked the stuffing out of us because we’d already had to play with 10 men for a long time on Thursday and that obviously used up a lot of energy.”