Thomas Reis (Head Coach VfL Bochum 1848): It's a bitter defeat. We got off to a good start, with the early 2-0 lead behind us we wanted to take the air out of Hoffenheim. Unfortunately, we conceded the goals too quickly and too easily. We knew that Hoffenheim had huge quality in terms of soccer, but we still held up well. Our new personnel also presented themselves well, so I'm definitely happy with that. In the end, you don't wish to lose by two standard goals, that's bitter. The frustration is great, but I saw many better things than against Mainz.
André Breitenreiter (head coach TSG Hoffenheim): After 20 minutes, I didn't believe that we would leave the pitch as winners today. We were well prepared for Bochum, knew that they operate a lot with long balls. But twice we didn't defend it well. We were too passive, that's not how we want to play soccer. After that, we showed a different face, the guys believed in themselves and followed the clear plan.
Philipp Hofmann: It's difficult to find words. From a feeling point of view, we played a good game. But in the end, it's just too cheap. We started really well, wanted to be compact and lurk for our chances. Then we conceded the goals too quickly. We didn't work specifically on standards, the allocation just didn't fit at that moment. We should have taken the draw with us.
Simon Zoller: We played a good game over 90 minutes. In the end, it's similar to last week against Mainz. We lose by conceding a goal after a standard, and that can't be allowed to happen. In the end, we don't reward ourselves for the effort we put in. It's very, very annoying. It cost us points. But we see that we can keep up. We can be nasty and march.
Kevin Stöger: It's annoying to lose in this way. When you take a 2-0 lead and that early, you have to take at least a point at the end. We already experienced against Mainz that we lose by a standard, now again, we have to work on that. In the second half, we still had one or two opportunities, but in the end it was too little to take something with us.