Daniel Caligiuri: For me it wasn’t a penalty
Frankfurt head coach Adi Hütter stated that his side was somewhat lucky to win away on Saturday (6/4). Daniel Caligiuri discussed the late penalty in the Mixed Zone, while Guido Burgstaller also gave his thoughts on the defeat.
You could see that we weren’t as fresh as Frankfurt in the first 15 minutes. We struggled early on. We fought back well after going behind. I’d like to praise my team for the way they performed today. Unfortunately we were missing a bit of luck on this occasion. I don’t want to discuss the final moments of the game. You can say a lot of things as a fan, but not as a head coach, as you will be punished. I am generally a fan of VAR. At the moment it seems like the whole world is against us. We need to fight and see it as a challenge – which we will gladly accept!
If you win the game with the last kick, then of course you have to admit it’s a lucky win. I do feel sorry for Schalke. I’m delighted to win our sixth-straight game in a row and now be unbeaten in 15. Today was a real test though. Once they scored, it was an open game. Schalke defended well and looked dangerous up front. We didn’t have answers for a long time. Our Champions League dream lives on after today.
We are massively disappointed. We gave our all and had the fans on our side, which just makes it even more frustrating. For me it wasn’t a penalty. Frankfurt played a free-kick short, and a player then let it go to Filip Kostic. I wanted to push out, but then was shoved by a Frankfurt player and the ball ended up hitting my shoulder and then my hand. The first contact was with my shoulder. I don’t think you can give a penalty in this situation. The referee then called me over, and I had hoped that he wanted to hear my honest opinion, but he just said “It’s a penalty” and that was that. A draw would have been a good result on my return from injury. I have to thank our physios and fitness coaches for playing today. They did a lot of good work and always believed in me.
That really hurts today. We fully deserved a point. I couldn’t tell on the pitch if it should have been a penalty or not. Daniel Caligiuri told me that it hit his shoulder. The ref saw it in a different way. I think that there was a foul on Benjamin Stambouli before Suat Serdar picked up his second yellow card. I said to the ref that he should rewatch it just in case. Even in difficult moments, we have to take the positives. We played well against a team who have not lost in a long time. After going one down, we played well. We could have scored one or two more goals. Maybe we have to remain a bit calmer when in the opposition’s penalty area. We really want to win the upcoming game against Nürnberg. We need to get the points.