Hütter sees progress, Sow draws an interesting analogy and Hasebe knows how he wants to make up for conceding the penalty.

Head coach Adi Hütter: “The pitch was heavy but my team played well and were able to bring their power football onto the pitch. It was one-way traffic in the second half; we would’ve deserved the win. Great credit to my players, who again were physically strong three days after the game in Portugal. In my opinion, it was our strongest performance of the season.”

Makoto Hasebe: “When you go 2-1 up in the 88th minute, you have to win the match. We should’ve defended the long ball before the equaliser better and then I misjudged my tackle, for which I apologise to the team. Now I need to get those two points myself after the international break [laughs]. Overall we played very well today. We were dominant for 90 minutes. My head’s fine now.”

Djibril Sow: “We still need time until everything’s clicking. I also have room for improvement personally. I don’t mind whether I play as a holding or central midfielder. Playing together in midfielder is like being with a new girlfriend: you have to get to know each other first. Seppl [Sebastian Rode] and I are doing that, we talk a lot. We should’ve won today but we weren’t clinical enough. We still need to wait a few more games until we can really say where we’re at.”


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