The Wolves’ impressive run in the second half of the season ended on Saturday afternoon with an unfortunate and needless 2-1 defeat at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. VfL head coach Oliver Glasner was understandably “disappointed” about the first half, in which his team’s usual defensive resolve was lacking. TSG boss Sebastian Hoeneß, on the other hand, was happy that his side’s “big fight” was rewarded with three valuable points.
Oliver Glasner: “We’re all disappointed today. We lost the game because of our performance in the first half, where we weren’t as steady in our defensive play as we have been over recent weeks and months. We were a bit too careless in one or two situations, a bit too slow to the tackles and not as resolute. Hoffenheim exploited that brutally with their attacking quality. In the second half, you could see that the boys did everything to avoid this defeat. It wasn’t enough, but it was virtually one-way traffic then. We had two or three really good chances, but the ball wouldn’t go in.”
Sebastian Hoeneß: “We started the game very well, with a lot of energy and intensity. That caused Wolfsburg problems and we always picked good moments to play through their back line. Then, in the second half, it became a big fight. We’ll certainly be tearing our hair out when we watch the counter-attacks in the analysis. At the other end, Wolfsburg also showed what quality they have with their increasing dominance and power. I was extremely pleased with how we fended that off.”