David Wagner: Disappointed with the result, but happy with the performance
A goal just before half time decided Tuesday’s cup tie between Schalke and Bayern. Both coaches reflected on the game afterwards in the press conference, while Guido Burgstaller and Alessandro Schöpf also gave their thoughts in the mixed zone.
Firstly, I’d like to congratulate Bayern on reaching the semi-finals. They deserved to win because they had more possession and chances. Nevertheless, I’m happy with my side’s performance. We’re obviously disappointed and sad that we’re out of the DFB-Pokal. The lads still played well today though. We chose to play in a different way and limited Bayern to only a few chances. The boys defended really well against a tough opponent. We had a few good moments on the counter, but were slightly unlucky. Examples of that are Guido Burgstaller hitting the bar, his offside goal shortly afterwards and Thiago’s massive tackle just before Benito Raman’s shot.
We’ve reached the semi-finals, which was our aim. The last few weeks have taken a lot out of us, so I’m pleased that we put in a concentrated display over 90 minutes at Schalke tonight. We played clever football this evening. Schalke focused on the defensive side of their game, so we had to knock the ball about and play quickly. We had a few chances before half time and deservedly took the lead. Overall, we deserved the win.
We were in it right up until the final whistle. Our disappointment after losing the game is greater than our satisfaction with our performance. We were missing a little bit of luck in front of goal. You have to take your chances if you want to beat Bayern. I had a good opportunity, but could only hit the bar. I was also just offside for another one. Benito had a moment right after coming on and then Gregerl was unlucky right at the end. I’d like to thank our fans, who pushed us on throughout the whole game. Despite the loss, we did a lot right. The performance will give us some confidence going into the next games.
We played well and made it tough for Bayern. We could have gone 1-0 up with a bit of luck. We had a few good chances at the start of the game, which, unfortunately, we couldn’t take. We then fell behind just before half time. Even though we conceded, we never gave up and continued to try hard. We couldn’t find a reward for our hard work in the end – we can still build on our display though.