Augsburg - FC Schalke 04 were left ruing missed chances as their UEFA Champions League qualifying hopes were dented following a goalless draw away to FC Augsburg, who were more satisfied with the point.
FC Schalke 04
bundesliga.com rounds up the thoughts of some of the key protagonists at the SGL Arena...Max Meyer: “It was very difficult in the first half because Augsburg were very compact and there wasn’t much room to play in. The second period was more open and I think that suited us better. It’s tough to beat Augsburg here because the fans really get behind their team and they play aggressively. We had some good chances in the second half and normally we put those away but we have to put the result behind us now and focus on next week’s game. Our aim is to win our remaining fixtures. We know that’ll be difficult but we have to hope one of the teams ahead of us will slip up. And if they do, we have to be ready to pounce.”
Ralf Fährmann: “I don’t think it was a very attractive match for the spectators to watch; it was really hard-fought. We battled our way into the game and changed tactics in the second half and I think that helped our game a lot. We created a few more chances, but no clear-cut opportunities. The positive thing I can take from this is that I kept a clean sheet. I hadn’t played at all for almost four months and have only trained with the team for about a week now, so I’m really happy to have gotten some match practice again.”
FC AugsburgTobias Werner: “We can’t have too many complaints about the game today. We gave it everything we’ve got and set the tone for much of the match. But we were just a bit unlucky in the final third; we had one, two, maybe even four shots that flew narrowly wide, so we’d have deserved to win. However, we can’t be too unhappy after drawing 0-0 with Schalke.”
Caiuby: "It was a tough game against a top team. We put in a lot of work and tried everything we could, but unfortunately we couldn't get that decisive goal."
Paul Verhaegh: Overall we were the better team, but unfortunately we didn't score. It's a hard-won point even if we're a bit disappointed that we didn't get all three. We had the chances to score a winner."