Huub Stevens: The team tried everything, but nothing came off

Head coach Huub Stevens was satisfied with his side’s performance against Werder Bremen on Wednesday (3/4) in the DFB-Pokal, despite a 2-0 defeat. Guido Burgstaller and Alexander Nübel were annoyed that the team missed good chances to go ahead. has summarised the post-match reactions.

Huub Stevens

Huub Stevens:

My team is really dejected. They tried everything, but nothing came off. I’m not unhappy with our performance; however we made individual mistakes both at the back and up front. You can’t afford to do that against a team like Bremen. You know you will have problems if you do. Werder played well tonight.

Florian Kohfeldt:

It was, as we had expected, a difficult game. Schalke defended very tightly and aggressively, so we struggled to control the game initially, although we still made a few chances for ourselves. We got lucky when they hit the post. If that had gone in, they could have won the game. After going 1-0 up, I had the feeling that we had the game under control, and then we got a second soon after. Overall, it was a difficult game. I believe we deserved to go through.

Guido Burgstaller:

We could have taken the lead, but we then unfortunately conceded from long-range. We had one or two good counter attacking opportunities through Kono. We’ve got to score in these situations – we didn’t do that unfortunately, and therefore we’re out. Last season, my shot that hit the post would have probably gone in. This time, it didn’t. We’ve got to work for that luck again. Bowing out of the competition isn’t a massive blow for us, but it would have been possible to go through, based on how the match panned out. Bremen didn’t have us pinned in our own half for the whole game. I think that the game would have been a lot different, had we taken the lead.

Alexander Nübel:

I think it was a pretty even match, at least in the first half. We started strong in the second half, and played, in my opinion, with a bit more urgency, even though it didn’t really result in any chances on goal. Then Rashica scored a beautiful goal for Bremen, which made it hard for us to come back. Of course it’s disappointing, because it’s always a nice feeling to advance to the next stage in the DFB-Pokal, but I don’t think tonight will have any impact on how we play in the Bundesliga. We’re going to analyse tonight’s loss and move forward. With our upcoming match against Frankfurt on Saturday, we have another tough opponent ahead of us.