Bastian Oczipka: We win together, we lose together

After Saturday’s defeat in Köln (29/2), head coach David Wagner discussed both the game and the personnel. Bastian Oczipka and Alessandro Schöpf also gave their thoughts on the 3-0 loss.

Bastian Oczipka

David Wagner:

The game started unfavourably with a set-piece goal and Ozan’s injury. That had an impact on us. We lost Omar and Suat just before the game too. It’s understandable that we’ve lost a bit of fluency recently. We can’t deny that we’re struggling at the moment.

The three goals we conceded were simply too easy: A goal from a set-piece, and a goal on the counter after we looked good going forward but then conceded an unlucky goal at the other end. We have to keep working hard in the coming games, even though we know it won’t be easy. The situation is what it is, and we have to take things as they come.

Markus Gisdol:

We were class in the first half and deservedly went into half time 2-0 up, you can’t deny that. In the second half though, there were definitely things we could improve upon. The game today showed that we have a real togetherness in the squad. We want to form a proper team, that’s the basis for everything. Individual players are good but only when the team functions as a unit. The lads are helping one another and we’re on a roll at the minute.

Bastian Oczipka:

Köln were the better side in the first 15 minutes and took the lead early on. We’re struggling to deal with conceding early goals at the moment. We pulled ourselves together but couldn’t find the final pass. Mistakes are part and parcel of football. We win together and we lose together. We won’t be blaming one another for today. We’re not able to deal with our absentees at the moment. It’s a tough time right now, but we can’t let ourselves get down about it. We need to find some confidence in training.

Alessandro Schöpf:

It’s difficult to explain what happened so soon after the game. To start with we were lacking in a bit of aggression, and Cologne took advantage of that. They stayed compact at the back and were good going forward. When you go in at half time 2-0 down, it’s always difficult to come back. We’re finding it difficult to create chance at the moment and you’re seeing the consequences of that in the final third. We have to keep working on that in training because we’ll only come out of this situation if we stick together.

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