Borussia Dortmund once again proved their comeback qualities on Friday evening, earning a point after coming from behind twice in the match against 1899 Hoffenheim.
It was a match full of controversy as both Hoffenheim’s second goal and a sending-off for Marco Reus looked terrible decisions from the referee, which naturally came up after the game. Here’s what the head coach, chief executive and some of the players had to say:
Thomas Tuchel: “Everything that could have gone against us, went against us. I certainly had the feeling the refereeing team was a bit rattled. It was only fitting that Ousmane Dembele had to be subbed off with an injury. I think, looking at the more than unlucky run of the game for us, we deserved this result. I value this draw very highly. Mario Götze played a great game today, we expected that from him. Sven Bender is someone you can have great trust in.
Hans-Joachim Watzke: “I’m angry with the incredible refereeing errors from the first half. First, it was a clear foul from Sandro Wagner (before the second goal). It was typical for him, we know he plays on the edge. But the referee needs to see that, I could see it from 60 metres away. And then Marco gets sent off for nothing. Amiri pulls his jersey for a minute and Marco gets a second yellow. That’s an unfathomable, incredible performance from the referee today.”
Marcel Schmelzer: “It was a very hard-fought game. We chipped in at some point and were gauded into fouling more ourselves, I don’t think we could’ve won a point otherwise. When you’re playing with 10 men for so long a point is very well deserved.
It’s simply incredibly difficult to defend against Dembele. I think players like him need more protection. It’s unfathomable with what pace he dances around defenders, that makes it likely that he’s getting hurt when someone hits him.
It’s very difficult for a team when so many players are missing through injuries all the time, when you can never play the same team a few times in a row. It makes automatisms hard. That’s why I’m all the more happy that we proved our mentality and at least won a point today.”
Matthias Ginter: “We knew it would be heated, intense today, it’s normal there are some crushing collisions in duels. We came from behind twice, even playing with only 10 men for a full half. Obviously, it wasn’t our goal to come here and win only one point, but considering the circumstances and the way the game went, we can be pleased.”
(sources: Sky, BVB)