Speaking from the bowels of the Volkswagen Arena, the Wolfsburg goalkeeper dissected his side's performance against HSV, cast an eye over the current and looked ahead to the draw for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.
Question: Diego Benaglio, how would you sum up the Hamburg game?
Diego Benaglio: The second half was good, the first was poor.
Question: Short and to the point. Can you elaborate?
Benaglio: For starters, we complicated things and made too many basic errors. The build-up and combination play was too disjointed. We also invited the pressure, but we were able to keep our cool. Then in the second half, we played as we set out to do. It’s a shame we couldn’t turn it round. We could have redeemed ourselves in the second half. The bottom line is we have to live with the point.
Question: Tell us how you saw Nicolai Müller’s opening goal.
Benaglio: I tried to stay on my feet for as long as possible for [Pierre-Michel] Lasogga’s shot and I was able to make the save, but there wasn’t enough time to react to Müller’s follow-up. Overall, the team reacted well in the second half - we could even have won it - but the first half was really frustrating.
Question: What do you make of Wolfsburg’s position in the table?
Benaglio: We’re not looking at Bayern. Borussia Dortmund are also a way off, so there’s not much to talk about there, but it’s pretty tight after that for the group of teams playing for the European places. Obviously a win would have done us good in that respect.
Question: On the last matchday of the Hinrunde you play bottom club VfB Stuttgart. The onus is on you to win, surely?
Benaglio: It was our objective to take six points from our last two games. That didn’t happen, but we have to give it everything again to try and get a win and put ourselves in a good position for the second half of the season. We’re not going to lose any sleep over the current standings.
Question: On Monday it’s the draw for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16. After beating Manchester United, Wolfsburg are one of the eight group winners in Pot One. Is there a particular team you’d like to be drawn against?
Benaglio: I’d like us to draw a team that, as much as possible, is on an equal footing with us. I don’t think we’d have anything to fear if we drew AS Roma, for example. I’ll put it differently: if I had to pick a team I really didn’t want to draw that’d probably be Paris Saint-Germain. We wouldn’t really want Juventus either, but I do think we’d get our chances against them if we put in two good performances. I could live with it if we got Roma. We’d also take Arsenal, but it’s not something we can influence. Ideally, we want an opponent we can beat. It’d be great if we can make it through to the quarter-finals.
Alexander Barklage reporting from Wolfsburg