“We were missing that little bit of cleverness”
Eintracht Frankfurt head coach Niko Kovac and his players were proud of the Eagles’ performance at Borussia Dortmund on Sunday, despite their last-gasp 3-2 defeat at the Signal Iduna Park.
Head coach Niko Kovac: “It’s obviously disappointing, very disappointing. The game should have ended in a draw. If you equalise in second-half stoppage time you shouldn’t be losing 3-2. We should have kept our composure, but maybe we were a little too ambitious. Their third goal was the result of several small errors in our defence. [Jonathan] de Guzman gave us a new lease of life in the second half and added a spark to our attacking play. We fought until the very end and I’m sure we’ll get another one or two wins before the season’s out.”
Midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng: “We lost today because Dortmund scored one more goal than we did. It was a superb match that ebbed and flowed from one end to the other. We put everything into the game and the players deserve huge credit. Maybe we’re at fault for wanting to win the game. We made too many mistakes in the build-up to their third goal, but we’re a close-knit group. We play as a team and lose as a team.”
Centre-back March Russ: “The only thing missing today was that little bit of cleverness. We allowed Dortmund to walk all over us in the first 25 minutes, but we got a foothold after that. Our second-half performance was exceptional - we were clearly the better side and carved out several opportunities, but we were a bit silly at the end. We needed to show more intelligence to leave here with a point, but it was a very good performance overall.”