Professionals | 24/08/2019

Thoughts after BVB

Czichos: "We've got to keep playing like that"

NetCologne FC-TV spoke to Dominick Drexler, Rafael Czichos and Achim Beierlorzer after the 1:3 defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

Dominick Drexler: In the end, we had to go for it to try make it 2:2. Dortmund worked it well, then it was 1:3. We could have defended the first two goals better. That really annoyed us. We were carried by the fans and it was possible, that we could have got something from the game. It really, really hurts that we came out with no points. Dortmund were able to bring on Julian Brandt, who made it incredible tough through the middle for us. In the end, it was a defensive battle for us. We gave everything and the fans honoured that. We weren’t far away from something special. Next week, there are another three points to be had against Freiburg. That’s more our level than BVB. On the one hand, I’m really pleased to have scored my first Bundesliga goal. I’d be lying, if I didn’t say that. On the other hand, I want to stay up with FC – that is the aim. Whether I don’t score at all or score 10 goals, that’s what matters.

Rafael Czichos: We wanted to be tough to play against, we wanted to make life difficult for Dortmund. I think we did that really well in the first half and went ahead. In the second half, the pressure is always higher, we threw ourselves into every tackle as if it was our last. Obviously with our fans at our backs, who created an absolutely unbelievable atmosphere today. It was goose-bump levels. We could have been more calm on the ball, sometimes we were too hasty. However, if we play like that next week then I believe we’ll have success.

Achim Beierlorzer: Overall, I’m totally satisfied because we put in an unbelievable performance in the first half and didn’t let Dortmund didn’t get comfortable. We also did well for large parts of the second. Dortmund had to move things around a lot before it worked out. But it’s a shame that they found a way in the end. We were brave in how we went about things and played really well. The fans were sensational, and we showed that we will give everything for them. We played against Borussia Dortmund, one of the world’s best. We had them on the ropes. We deserved a point from the game.

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