Alessandro Schöpf: We made too many mistakes and gifted goals
The Royal Blues were beaten convincingly by VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday (20/6). The S04 players were particularly frustrated with the goals they let in from set pieces.
We faced a team today who are playing at a higher level to us at the moment. They deservedly won the game. We didn’t start well, went 1-0 behind and therefore went into the break behind. We had a good period, could have equalised through Caligiuri, but then we were 4-0 down in what felt like five minutes. That showed how much attacking quality they possess. There were a few positives from today. Rabbi Matondo scored a really nice goal, Timo Becker played well at right back and Malick Thiaw did a good job at centre half for the final 20 minutes. Nevertheless, you can’t be happy after a 4-1 defeat. Our young team still tried to fight back despite being 4-0 down. The defeat obviously hurts. Now we need to try and take something from the game in Freiburg.
We played well for large parts of today’s game. We controlled the game in the first half and apart from their chance from the corner at the end, kept them away from our goal before the break. We played the ball about well and were continuously dangerous. We’re pleased to have taken the points to qualify for Europe. It was a good win for the boys.
Wolfsburg were better in the decisive moments today. We made too many mistakes at key stages and gifted them goals. We defended their set-piece goals particularly poorly. We were also lacking a bit of luck. Cali had a big chance to make it 1-1. If we’d scored that, the game would have gone a lot differently. We can’t find our form from the Hinrunde at the moment. A lot of quality players are out right now, who would help us. There are always tough situations in life. We need to learn from this one and get out of it soon. I hope that we can win our last game of the season.
We’re all very disappointed. We wanted to end our bad run in our final home game of the season. Wolfsburg were deserved winners. I’m annoyed about the set-piece goals – we had a clear plan for dead balls. You will concede goals if you’re not wide awake. What’s going on in our heads plays a big role – it can certainly hinder us. We can’t think so negatively in the future, but it’s really difficult for us right now. We will fight until the season is over and we will try to end our slump in Freiburg.