Domenico Tedesco: Winning the first game is always important

Domenico Tedesco, Alessandro Schöpf and Mark Uth give their reaction following Friday night’s 2-0 DFB-Pokal win over Schweinfurt.

Domenico Tedesco:

Winning the first game is always important, particularly, because you never quite know where you stand after seven weeks of pre-season. We had a clear plan, and we carried through on that pretty well, maybe 70 or 80%. We still have work to do but that’s normal at this stage of the season.

The result could have been a little larger but we did not take all of our chances. What pleased me was that we were still pressing them high in the 85th minute. We looked fairly dynamic and purposeful and we deserve to be in the second round. You have to give them credit. They played their part and made life difficult for us. We had to expect that tonight.

Alessandro Schöpf:

We knew that it would not be easy. Schweinfurt have a strong team who have started really well in their league. But I think we found the right solutions and we go away from here deserved winners. We were strong at the back, and didn’t let anything in behind.

We know we need to do a little better up front, sometimes it was just a case of the final ball. All in all we can be satisfied with the performance. We’ll work hard in the coming weeks and then try to get the best result possible against Wolfsburg on Matchday 1.

Mark Uth:

We won, and we have progressed to the next round – that is a good feeling. Schweinfurt played well, but we deserve to go through. Getting the first goal was important. The longer it stays at 0-0 the harder it is in this competition. We didn’t let ourselves get nervous. We defended well and we know we can improve going forward, the communication needs to be a little better. I think that will come with time in the next few weeks.

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