Coach Edin Terzic, captain and goalscorer Marco Reus, and Mats Hummels all shared their thoughts after the narrow 2-1 loss at Manchester City. The match reactions.
Edin Terzic: “We wanted to reinforce the centre. That worked very well too. We did a lot of things very well, gave away little and were able to cause a threat ourselves. In the end we’ve obviously slightly disappointed that we lost the match. We showed a good reaction. We fought well today. But we’re not done yet. It’s only half-time now. The tie is still open. We’ll give everything to reach the next round next week.”
Marco Reus: “The second goal right at the end was unnecessary, because we lost concentration for two seconds. We need to be stopping the cross there; then it doesn’t go any further. I believe that we had a good game on a tactical level. We didn’t trust ourselves to go forward so much in the first half. It was better in the second half. It was an even match; City obviously had more possession of the ball. We set up well, but it’s such a shame that we didn’t get the reward for the fight and the energy that we showed on the pitch.”
Mats Hummels: “We produced a very good performance. We fought with everything we had. It’s obviously extremely frustrating that we only scored one goal from the chances we had and conceded what felt like an avoidable goal in the 90th minute. We really threw everything at it today and showed the commitment we ideally want to be showing every three days. We would’ve all been happy to go home with a 1-1 draw. As it is it’s not such a good feeling for us, even though we got quite a lot of things right today. It’s clearly a step forward, and our chances of progressing are still very much alive. We need to score a goal, and we saw today that we created significantly more chances than expected. We need to replicate that in the return leg. It’ll be a big challenge and a test at the very highest level. But we will only think about it when the time comes. We now absolutely need to get three points in the Bundesliga on Saturday.”
Transcribed by Timo Lammert