Edin Terzic, Alex Meyer, Marius Wolf, Nico Schlotterbeck and Emre Can shared their thoughts on the 2-0 defeat away to Chelsea. Here are the match reactions.
Edin Terzic (speaking to Prime): ”It was a very harsh decision to give a penalty. It was then even harder to accept that the spot-kick would be retaken due to Salih Özcan entering the area too early. Havertz stopped moving altogether before he struck the ball, and Chelsea players were the first to encroach into the box. We’ve been told that has no relevance. I’m curious to know if the penalty would have been retaken if it had gone in. But now we’ve talked too much about the referee. They were two close games. It is an incredibly bitter pill to swallow, we are extremely disappointed. We were very dominant in the second half. The two games were evenly-matched. Chelsea deserve to go through. But we deserve it just as much. From the tenth minute onwards we took control. Their best chances were from offside situations. In the second half, we were able to increase the pressure, but unfortunately we couldn’t find the back of the net.”
Alexander Meyer (speaking to BVB-TV): ”It’s extremely disappointing. We would have liked to continue the journey. We started off in a strong position, we set ourselves high standards, but we struggled to get into the game early on. We didn’t have the self-confidence that we usually have. But by the middle of the first half we were in control. Nevertheless, Chelsea were always dangerous. The penalty played into Chelsea’s hands. We tried everything, but we couldn’t land the final punch.”
Marius Wolf (speaking in the mixed zone): ”It’s bitter, but we have to accept it. For the penalty call, I don’t move my hand towards the ball, it’s not intentional, I have my arms by my body, I’m still turning away. After that, Chelsea sat deep with five at the back. We had two or three chances to take it into extra-time. It’s a pity. Today we’re disappointed, but tomorrow we’ll concentrate fully on Schalke. We want to get back to winning ways there.”
Nico Schlotterbeck (speaking to BVB-TV): “We were too passive in the first half, so we can’t have too many complaints about going down 1-0. We had a lot of control of the game between the 10th and 35th minute, but not too much penetration. We were up for it, but didn’t manage to make the difference out on the pitch. We came out of the break and immediately found ourselves down 2-0. We didn’t give away much in the second half. We had a huge chance through Jude, but in the end we go home 2-0 down on the scoreboard. They sat so deep, so it was hard to put them under too much pressure. We could have come away with more.”
Emre Can (speaking to Prime): “How does that happen? I don’t understand the situation for the second penalty. He hits the post – end of story. The referee was arrogant throughout the entire match. We wanted to talk to him normally at half-time, he said: We’ll see each other later. But I’m proud to be part of this team. We put in a decent performance, didn’t embarrass ourselves. Ultimately, we didn’t deserve to lose.”