Nürnberg - Sunday's opening fixture on Matchday 26 produced a seven-goal thriller as Eintracht Frankfurt picked up three crucial points in the relegation battle by beating 1. FC Nürnberg, but Eagles' midfielder Stefan Aigner felt his side got "a little lucky" in the 5-2 win.
Meanwhile, the hosts' goalkeeper Raphael Schäfer had strong words for his team-mates regarding their current form against the sides in and around them in the relegation battle. bundesliga.com rounds-up the post-match thoughts on offer in Nürnberg...
Stefan Aigner: It was a very good team performance and we deserved to take all three points today. We’re definitely not [boring]. It’s impossible to explain, but sometimes football is hard to understand at Eintracht. We took a three-goal lead and then somehow managed to concede two goals very quickly, almost letting the game slip through our fingers. I think it’s fair to say we were a little lucky that Javier Pinola got sent off because it could have been a lot closer at the end. It’s important that we’re picking up points again, but we have to build on this performance against Gladbach.
Kevin Trapp: It was a very tight game until the very end. We took a 3-0 lead and Nürnberg should have been dead and buried. However, we didn’t offer much after that, started letting doubts creep in and then out of nowhere it’s 3-2. They scored two very good goals but we should never have taken our foot of the pedal. Our passing became sloppier and we weren’t throwing ourselves into challenges the same way. Fortunately for us, Nürnberg got a player sent off, which made life a lot easier. It’s a convincing win on paper, but at one point they had us biting our nails.
1. FC Nürnberg
Raphael Schäfer: Not a lot went right for us today. I think if you look at the game we have every right to start worrying about our position because we expected a lot more of ourselves in this game, especially in the first half. We wanted to be brave and aggressive and put our opponents under pressure, but wave after wave of Frankfurt attacks came our way and we couldn’t cope. When you look at the table, it’s hard for us not to be casting a look at the teams below us and regretting these dropped points. We deserved to lose against Hamburg and we deserved to lose today. For the first hour we were a complete let-down.