#SVWTSG reaction: "We did not deserve to go out."

Get the thoughts of the coaches and the players following TSG’s narrow Pokal defeat to Werder Bremen on Wednesday.

Julian Nagelsmann: Congratulations to Bremen for making the next round. We expected them pretty much as they were, although perhaps not with four wing backs in the starting XI. They stayed back and looked to create things from set pieces and counter attacks. They had a couple of early chances but we really should have taken the lead before ten minutes was up. We created some really good chances that we threw away. But apart from that we had the game in our control. We were not spectacular in the first half but we were a lot better than them. We were even better in the second half, we hit the post twice and really needed to take one of those chances. We did not get two very clear penalties. We did not deserve to go out.

Alexander Nouri: The best player we had out there tonight was the fans. Every single one of them believed in us from the first minute and carried us through that game. We obviously knew that they had a fantastic team. They have so many players who have such great individual quality. They took control of the game and had a lot of possession. We wanted to stay compact, not give them much room and look to crowd out the centre. We fought until the end and got the result because of incredible hard work as a team.

Alex Rosen: As a gracious loser we have to congratulate them. But if you look at that game, it had nothing to do with football. That is a disappointment because the balls were simply pumped forward. We tried to play football and will continue to do so. We were unlucky today, hit the woodwork twice and could have had two penalties. But that is just how football goes sometimes, it is not the referee’s fault. Although VAR would have perhaps come in handy. That is such a shame. Today we simply had to win that game. We dominated and then they got a silly goal from a set piece that we should have defended better. But that is just football. We have to keep performing to that level.

Kerem Demirbay: We are hugely disappointed. For us today was all about advancing. I am serious when I say I cannot believe a team with that many chances has failed to win the game. We should definitely have had two penalties. It hurts that we have lost that game. Obviously they fought hard, put everything behind defending and did absolutely everything they could – so congratulations to them. It was a classic knockout tie, that both sides wanted to win. We just need to take our chances. They should not have won that game based on how much possession we had and how many chances we created. I am actually fuming.

Mark Uth: We started so well, had so much posession and created two good chances. When I think back to Krem’s chance when he was blocked it could have gone anywhere. And then you give away a silly goal from a set piece. When you park your bus in front of your own goal it becomes difficult and that was very shrewd from Bremen. My chance was a penalty, all day long. He caught me but I got my shot away anyway. It’s good that we can bounce back from this in three days. We are at home to Gladbach and we want to remain undefeated and pick up three points.

Steven Zuber: We played well from the back and controlled that game. There was so much more in us today. We hand everything in our own hands today and still lose the game.


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