“We’re through, that’s what counts” – post-match reaction
The Eintracht players and staff know they didn’t show their true colours on Thursday, but all in all they haven’t disappointed in the UEFA Europa League group stage.
Board member Fredi Bobic: “Obviously today didn’t turn out the way we intended, particularly after going in front. Overall it was a challenging group, though. We’re through, that’s what counts. We’ve had 20 European games in this calendar year, more than any German team have ever had before. Of course that’s going to take its toll. What matters is that the overall result at the end of the year is right.”
Head coach Adi Hütter: “It’s been a long road since July. Sometimes nine points are enough, and we deserved them. Our target was to qualify and we’ve done that. This wasn’t our finest game, we didn’t cover ourselves in glory. We weren’t able to ease the strain and put it to bed tonight. We now want to get as many points as possible in the remaining games before the winter break, but we don’t have much time between the fixtures to make many changes.”
Sebastian Rode: “Ultimately we’re glad to be in the next round. The fans and players deserve it. We’re not happy with the result or the performance in the second half. We weren’t brave enough and gave the ball away too easily. The pitch is in bad condition but that can’t be an excuse. The fans encouraged us once again. We’re also not having much luck at the moment, so we just need to force it again. We were disappointed at full time but we knew it was enough. We have three more important games ahead of us and want to get the maximum out of them, then we’ll have earned the break.”