Bernd Leno and his Leverkusen team-mates had to settle for a point at Hamburg on Matchday 9 - © © imago
Bernd Leno and his Leverkusen team-mates had to settle for a point at Hamburg on Matchday 9 - © © imago

Leno: 'I'm not happy with a point'

Hamburger SV - There were mixed emotions from both camps after the goalless draw between Hamburger SV and Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Matchday 9. rounds up the reaction to Saturday's stalemate at the Volksparkstadion...

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Bernd Leno: "I'm not happy. I thought we played very well in the first half and had a lot of good chances, but we didn't reward ourselves [with a goal]. It was an even game in the second half, but we're annoyed that we didn't score. Rene Adler played very well in the first half, but we still should have put our chances away. We lost a bit of energy in the second half. Gaps started appearing and we struggled. Hamburg found a way back into the game and had one or two chances. At the end of the day we have to live with the 0-0. Stuttgart will be a difficult game [on Matchday 9]. They've got their backs against the wall, but we're at home and definitely need to win the game. We need to start scoring the goals we need to win matches because defensively we're fine. That's why we're under pressure. We've had a lot of Mexican fans turning up to our training sessions, which just shows what status Javier [Hernandez] holds in his home country. He's a great addition to our squad, both as an athlete and as a person."

Christoph Kramer: "It was a very hard-fought game. Because of our performance in the second half a 0-0 draw is ok. All that we were missing was a goal. Scoring goals in football is unbelievably important, firstly because there aren't that many and secondly because it makes the game a whole lot easier. If we'd gone into half time a goal up, the second half wouldn't have panned out the way it did. We're just short of goals at the moment, but you can't fault our performance, at least not in the first half. [Chicharito] is a very nice guy. He's played for Real Madrid and Manchester United and is a superstar in certain parts of the world. He doesn't demand any special treatment. He's a really likeable, approachable guy and I take my hat off to him. We always speak about good and bad luck in front of goal. Sometimes the ball goes in, sometimes it doesn't, but there's no need to make a mountain out of a molehill. Hopefully our luck will turn eventually."

Robert Schmidt (Leverkusen head coach): "We were in control of the game in the first half. We didn't concede many chances - they only really got close to scoring from set-pieces. We created several clear-cut chances which we weren't able to put away. It was a more even game in the second half. HSV put a lot of effort in and we had to fight for every inch. Neither team managed to carve out anything [in the second half], so we have to be satisfied with a point."

Javier Hernandez: "I'm very happy in this league. I like it a lot. That's why I try to get used to it and to the way that we play. In this game we were the better team. Unfortunately we didn't score a goal but we didn't concede either, so we have pros and cons."

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Hamburger SV

Rene Adler: "We put in a good performance today. We can build on our second-half display in particular and it’s a great feeling to have kept a clean sheet. We’ve got two good goalkeepers in our side who both deserve to play. Of course it’s not an easy situation, but we’re both training very well and our we spur each other on to produce better performances. At the end of the day that helps the whole team. I’m happy to have been given the nod by the coach today and that I’ve managed to repay his faith in me. The fans were sensational once again today. It’s great to see that we keep supporting each other, despite everything we’ve been through in recent years."

Pierre-Michel Lasogga: "We were very focused on our defensive organisation today, which meant we weren’t able to get forward very often. We still had a good chance to take the lead through Aaron Hunt. We need to build on that. Rene did a great job today and kept us in the game in the second half. That’s how we know him! We can count ourselves lucky to have two great goalkeepers in him and Jaroslav Drobny."

Aaron Hunt: "We wanted to show a positive reaction after losing to Berlin [on Matchday 9] and we put in a solid team performance today. Emir Spahic won a lot of challenges which helped us a great deal. We were solid and organised at the back. Of course you’re never completely satisfied so soon after a match like this, particularly as I had the chance to make it 1-0 for us. Sometimes that’s just the way things are. Against Schalke we lost 1-0 in a game that was just as intense and tight as this one. This time we’ve managed to come away with a point."

Johan Djourou: They had a few chances in the first half. We had a few half-chances. In the second half they didn't have any chances and we had a few. I think a point is ok, but of course I want to win every game at home. It was a tight game. Both teams played hard and organised. Rene was good. He made some important saves. Sometimes goalkeepers can decided games and that's important for us and for him. I think we have to be more calm in the last 30 metres. That's what's missing at the moment. We have to be more calm and relaxed when we get into these positions.