David Wagner: Every game helps to develop our young team

Despite an improved second-half performance, the Royal Blues slipped to a 2-1 defeat away at Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday (17/6). Head coach David Wagner and captain Bastian Oczipka gave their thoughts after the game, as well SGE coach Adi Hütter.

David Wagner

David Wagner:

Today was a game of two halves. They were definitely the better side in the first half. We showed them too much respect, were too passive and didn’t get into the game. Frankfurt put us under immense pressure. They deserved to take the lead. We played a lot better in the second half after a couple of tactical alterations that helped us gain some confidence. The set-piece situation for their second goal should have been defended better by us. I think our young team deserves respect for the way they fought today. It’s a shame that we couldn’t turn the game around. The second-half performance was as good as the one against Leverkusen. We will continue working with this young squad and see what kind of performances we can get out of them in the remaining two games. Every game helps to develop such a young team like ours. Knowing how to come back after a poor-first half performance is important for young players. We were in the game more after the break and our central midfielders did better after a change. The lads were more confident on the ball. We created a few good moments. The lads will continue to put 100% effort in to the final two games.

Adi Hütter:

We played really well for 55 minutes and made them do all the running. We then failed to score a third goal. Schalke went for it a bit more after losing a man and we didn’t have any more success going forward, which was frustrating. Schalke threw the kitchen sink at us towards the end, and I had hoped for a counter where we could score a third. Nevertheless, I’m still pleased with our first home win since the restart.

Bastian Oczipka:

We effectively gave them the first half, we weren’t in the game. Frankfurt kept pushing us back and our counters weren’t working. We said at half time that we needed to change something. We wanted to build on the Leverkusen game, and we improved in the second half. We were on top after going 2-0 down and could have taken something from the game with a bit of luck – Abraham’s goal-line clearance is an example of something that didn’t go our way. The young players are settling in well, they did a good job today. They are all gaining valuable experience. We need to play like we did in the second half tonight in our final two games.

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