Wolfsburg match reaction

Here’s what the protagonists had to say after the 2-1 defeat in Wolfsburg.

Julian Nagelsmann: Congratulations to Wolfsburg. We did well before the break, controlled the game and deserved to go in front. We needed to net again after the break. After the hour-mark we dropped off and were punished. We argued too much with the officials and lost our structure. They wanted to fight more than us and deserved to win. I’m frustrated because we weren’t worse than the opposition today, however, we were less intelligent.

Valerien Ismael: I’m delighted with the result. We started slowly and deserved to be losing at the break. However, we were strong in the second half and showed more bravery. I’d say we deserved to win. They are three very important points for us.

Steven Zuber: The first half was good. We got a grip of the game and were implementing the plan well. Despite this there were a few shaky moments and the number of these grew after the break. Wolfsburg fought back strongly. It was nice to score but it counts for nothing. We now need to look back on this game before starting to prepare for next weekend.

Sebastian Rudy: We attacked well but our final ball wasn’t quite good enough, which is why we really only had a couple of chances. Wolfsburg through everything at us and we allowed more than we should have, which is ultimately why we lost. The game will be sharp in my mind for the next few days.

Oliver Baumann: After the break we didn’t win enough second balls or challenges. This allowed Wolfsburg to score twice. We shouldn’t have lost today but we weren’t clever. We invited pressure onto us at times – we didn’t clear things properly. We now need to examine what went wrong today as a team and work on it.

Kerem Demirbay: Both goals good have been prevented – they came about because of errors. Wolfsburg were better after the break, whereas we dominated the first half. If we defended set pieces better today, we would be going home with all three points. I could have scored after the break. Benaglio made a good save but really I should be taking those sort of chances.



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