Domenico Tedesco: It feels great

After the 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, we caught up with two head coaches. While Domenico Tedesco was pleased with his team’s performance, Nico Kovac looked ahead to their DFB-Pokal final. We noted what they had to say.

Domenico Tedesco:

We had a very good first half – both with our pressing and our possession. That meant we created a number of chances. However, like most of the season, we didn’t take all of them when they came. Still, it feels good to already have had second place wrapped up and still put in a performance of that level. That says a lot about the mentality of the team.

I’m happy for the lads who came into the fray. Alexander Nübel came on at half-time in an arena full of 60,000 fans and made a spectacular stop to deny Ante Rebic. Cedric Teuchert put in a great shift, we’re looking forward to seeing more of him in the future. Also I’m happy for Baba. He’s been out for a long time and came back today like he’d never been out. First and foremost, I’m happy to have given something back to the people who love this club so much.

Niko Kovac:

The game didn’t play out as we imagines. We couldn’t deal with the pressure which Schalke were putting us under. Even when we did, we gave the ball away too often. In the first half, we didn’t stick to our plan and failed to make the most of our opportunities.

It’s to do with cause and effect and today the cause was Schalke. In the second half, we adjusted and created more chances- We didn’t necessarily deserve to lose today but Schalke deserved to win. Of course, we’re disappointed to finish in eighth place but we have to pick ourselves up and look ahead to next week.

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