“We were exceptional in the second half” - Post-match reaction
Adi Hütter described Eintracht’s performance against Augsburg as “remarkable for our third game in six days”. The Eagles boss was not the only one to express his delight at Friday’s display.
Board member Fredi Bobic: “It was a wonderful performance against an opponent who we normally don’t enjoy facing. It was an important win for us as we’ve got a lot of ground to make up in the table. We had a number of great opportunities in attack and were exceptional in the second half.”
Head coach Adi Hütter: “Looking at the 90 minutes as a whole, we totally deserved the win. Our second goal through Timmy Chandler was the key. After that we passed the ball well and had plenty of attacks. It was a remarkable performance for our third game in six days, which is why the players deserve two days off.
“It’s our best start to a second half of the season since 1970 and mustn’t be taken for granted. Stefan Ilsanker was great on his full debut, first in a holding midfield role and then as a centre-back [after David Abraham’s injury]. He played a major role in our clean sheet. At the end of the day, it’s about Eintracht and the team as a whole. We’re heading in the right direction.”
Timothy Chandler: “It was a perfect Friday evening for us and the fans. Normally I only manage to score twice per season, but I’ve already got four this year. Hopefully I’ll get a couple more. I’m pleased things are going so well at the moment. I’d mentioned to Filip that it’s difficult to defend balls towards the far post. After going 2-0 up we played well until the end. This proves how hard we worked during the winter break.”
Stefan Ilsanker: “It’s hard to put into words what this evening with our fans meant for us. In the end it was certainly a tremendous performance. It’s been two eventful weeks for me: First the move to Eintracht at the 11th hour, then my first appearance without having the chance to train with the team, and now my first start.”