The comments following VfL’s 2-2 draw with SSC Napoli.
The situation could hardly have been tougher for the Wolves in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League quarter final, having lost their home game 1-4. The Wolves gave their all in an attempt to turn things around in Naples, but in the end, it was the unused chances that would cost VfL, in spite of coming back from 0-2 down on the night to draw level and bow out of this season’s Europa League competition with a 2-2 draw in Italy.
Post match comments
Trainer Dieter Hecking: "The performance was absolutely fine. We did really well in the first half, but if you want to pull off a football miracle, you need to score goals! If we’d had scored a goal or two in that first period, the game could well have gone very differently, but the two goals we conceded pulled the rug from under us. The way the lads came back deserves my respect. We are all disappointed about our elimination, because it was clear to see that there was more in it for us had we not slipped up so badly in the first game."
Director of Sport Klaus Allofs: "The lads showed the reaction we had been hoping for to the 1-4 home-leg defeat. We failed to get our goal in the first half though – who knows how Napoli would have reacted if we’d have managed that. In the second period, the team showed great moral in battling back from 0-2 down. That considered, we need to consider ourselves satisfied with the result."
Maximilian Arnold: "In the first half we played well and put the pressure on, but we lacked the killer instinct in front of goal when we really should have rewarded ourselves for our efforts. There was more in it for us, but in the end, we are happy about how we bounced back and got the two goals. That will give us a boost for the remaining games."
Christian Träsch: "Of course we are disappointed, because we really wanted to win the game and we had the chances to do so. After a good first half, we came out of the break poorly and that’s something that a team like Napoli punishes. We showed great moral in battling back to make it 2-2.
Diego Benaglio: „We really wanted to progress to the semi-finals, but that was almost impossible after the first leg. We didn’t reward ourselves for a good first half and then caused ourselves problems with some poor passing. It’s a pity we couldn’t at least reward ourselves with a return-leg win, although we did go out with our heads held high."