Christian Gross: We didn’t manage to do what matters most
Both head coaches spoke to the media after the 1-0 defeat at VfL Wolfsburg in the DFB-Pokal on Wednesday evening (3/2). Ralf Fährmann also gave his thoughts on the loss.
We wanted to reach the next round, which we unfortunately didn’t manage to tonight. The performance was pleasing, but ultimately not good enough. We didn’t manage to do what matters the most in football tonight – scoring goals. On top of that, the Wolfsburg goalkeeper was outstanding. We will need to recover and now focus on our next home game against RB Leipzig. There isn’t much time, although that can also be a positive. I took Sead Kolasinac off as a precaution. I had already thought about doing it at half time – he fought on for another 15 minutes instead. Considering William has only been with us for a short period of time, he played well and I’m satisfied with him. We will need two or three more weeks before we can see his full potential.
Schalke showed that they can play really good football in periods of tonight’s game. It was a hard-fought win for us. Koen Casteels is a part of our team – sometimes he has games where he isn’t tested, but tonight he was on hand twice. We’ve got a really good goalkeeper.
I’m annoyed that we’ve gone out. We would have deserved to go through because we played well. Nonetheless, we lost the game so we’re disappointed. Nothing needs to be said about the Wolfsburg penalty. We had good chances, which we didn’t take. We played well going forward, but didn’t get what we deserved. Focusing on one moment from the game doesn’t achieve anything. We need to keep on going now. We’re working hard every day and we hope that we’ll get some luck back on our side.