Bebou: "We always believed in ourselves"

Here's what the players and coaches had to say after the 1-1 draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Oliver Baumann: "The result was okay in light of the first half, because Gladbach had their chances too. But the level of pressure we exerted and the chances we created were crazy. That was really positive, but the reality is that you need to win games like that. The final ball didn't work out too often or they made a clearance at the last moment. That last one percent was missing. Fortunately, though, we were still able to score a goal. We need to keep working hard in the New Year and play another half-season like this one."

Ihlas Bebou: "There was more in it for us. We wanted to win the match and had a lot of opportunities to do so. The ball simply didn't want to go in the goal, but we always believed in ourselves and got our reward. We continued to play our game and tried to find footballing solutions. We have to live with the point given the lateness of our equaliser. For the goal, I tried to generate a lot of power behind the ball. Akpo then finished it superbly. We played a good first half-season and want to build on that."

David Raum: "We were completely on top by the end; Gladbach were happy when the final whistle sounded and simply wanted to get into the dressing room. It's a shame as if the game had gone on a bit longer, we might've won. It was bitter that we fell behind, but we then gave a good account of ourselves, injected fresh impetus and came back. That's our strength. The equaliser unfortunately came too late. We therefore have to live with the 1-1."

Sebastian Hoeness: "We didn't do much wrong in the opening 25 minutes and had a power-play phase. We were unfortunately often denied by Yann Sommer. In addition, we unfortunately acted too carelessly and gave away a few other situations in addition to the goals we conceded. We were then chasing the game. From the 60th minute onwards, it was all one-way traffic. Yann Sommer had a really good day. If we'd equalised a bit earlier, we would've had the chance to turn the game around. In the end, we have to live with the late 1-1. It's a case of mixed feelings."

Adi Hütter (Borussia Mönchengladbach coach): "I would've obviously liked to win, but Hoffenheim had more of the game. We produced a very good battling performance. It was a step forward. It's not so easy when you've lost four games in a row. The self-belief isn't there anymore. We didn't get every element of our play right, but I can live with a point away to a strong TSG Hoffenheim. It was a small step in the right direction."

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