Domenico Tedesco: The blame lies solely at our door

The final whistle in the VELTINS-Arena meant that Schalke’s run in the DFB-Pokal came to an end for the year. The 1-0 defeat at the hand of Eintracht Frankfurt saw Schalke’s cup hopes dashed. collated the thoughts of Domenico Tedesco and SGE coach Niko Kovac after the game.

Domenico Tedesco

Domenico Tedesco:

“First and foremost I’d like to wish Frankfurt all the best for the final. The fact that they have made it to that point in the competition for the second year in-a-row speaks volumes about the quality they have. They came out exactly as we expected them to with a lot of aggression and a good mentality. In the first half both teams neutralised each other well and for us, that final touch was just lacking going forward. In the second half we had several good opportunities to get our goal and we thought their goal however was slightly unlucky from our point of view, with two our three decisions going against us in the build-up. The blame and the mistakes however lie solely at our door as we should’ve gone into the lead earlier. The disappointment today is huge and tomorrow will be exactly the same. After that we will be looking to concentrate on our next game which will be against Köln at the weekend.”

Niko Kovac:

Today we saw how every single play gives their all for Frankfurt. We battled and worked so hard for this win. I am really pleased about reaching the final but of course we know who is waiting for us when we get there. We have enjoyed the journey and still have ambitions to reach the European places for next year. That is where our focus lies for the minute but the fact that Eintracht Frankfurt have now reached the DFB-Pokal final for the second time in-a-row is almost Nobel Prize worthy.

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