Bastian Oczipka: Take this mentality and power with us into the derby
Schalke and Hoffenheim drew 1-1 on Saturday, in a game surrounded by handball and penalty controversy. Daniel Caligiuri wanted to see his team be given a second penalty, yet is still pleased to travel back to Gelsenkirchen with one point, as is Domenico Tedesco, even though his team could have ended the match with more. Bastian Oczipka wants to take the momentum from the game into next weekend’s derby. schalke04.de compiled their reaction after the match.
It was an exciting game. In the opening stages, Hoffenheim put us under heavy pressure, but after that, we came into the game more and more. Our possession and bravery were the key to the match today, and helped us to get the equaliser. In the second half, we played three at the back to help defend against TSG’s rapid attack. The handballs were controversial. In my eyes, touching the ball with your hand is significant, whether the intention is there or not. At the end of the day, we’ll have to settle for a point, even though we would have liked to have gone home with three. We now want to give everything we have to prepare for the derby – we’ll give it 100%.
It’s not bad to get a 1-1 draw in Hoffenheim. The first 20 minutes aside, we played well. It’s all a bit hard to take, how the match panned out. In my opinion, my handball should not have been penalised. The ball was played against my hand from two metres out and I didn’t move my hand towards the ball. Despite that, I’m still sorry for conceding the penalty. Now, we want to take this mentality and power with us into the derby. The fans were behind us, and we’re really looking forward to the next game.
I’m feeling mixed emotions after this game. We wanted to bounce back after the Porto match, as we didn’t play very well. After Hoffenheim started strongly, we took control of the game for 10-15 minutes. We were very patient in our build-up, and the point is definitely alright for us – even though I would have of course liked to win. In my opinion, the penalty incident with Steven Zuber was a clear handball. If his arm hadn’t blocked my cross, then the ball would have gone to Guido Burgstaller, and he could have made it 1-0.