Mönchengladbach - In a battle between two sides searching for their first wins of the 2015/16 campaign it was 1. FSV Mainz 05 who came out with a positive result on the road against UEFA Champions League participants Borussia Mönchengladbach.
While the disappointment was clearly etched on the faces of the Gladbach players after the final whistle in their 2-1 defeat, Mainz's main men were delighted to have picked up three points. bundesliga.com rounds up the post-match thoughts...
1. FSV Mainz 05
Christian Clemens: “We were fully deserving of the victory today. We hit the woodwork twice in the first half. The three points today were really important. Everyone knows what a good team Gladbach are, but we definitely held our own against them. Now we’ve just got to perform this way in the home game against Hannover.”
Gran victoria hoy!! Contento por el gol! Great victory against Borussia Mönchengladbach! So happy to help with a goal pic.twitter.com/5oEDtd2MDb— Jairo Samperio (@JairoTheki) August 23, 2015
Tony Jantschke: “This defeat is obviously painful. Starting season with two losses is a bitter pill to swallow – we certainly imagined things going very differently. We allowed ourselves to be punished on the counter in the first half, and we went into the break deservedly behind. We bounced back well after the restart, but we didn’t take our chances and we conceded a very silly goal late on. We’re left empty-handed, and we know we urgently need to find some defensive stability. We’ll work hard on that.”
Granit Xhaka: "We brought the defeat upon ourselves because simply put we didn’t take our chances. We created a number of great opportunities for ourselves but we couldn’t keep our composure in the crucial moments. Mainz took their chance clinically in the second half – that’s football. It’s tough to take, being left with nothing to show after two games. We have a lot of work to do, but I’m sure we’ll get our first points on the board soon.”
Thorgan Hazard: "On paper it will go down as a loss, but we didn’t play badly. We created a lot of good chances, but didn’t take them. Mainz were defending in numbers, the same way a lot of teams play when they come to us and we knew we’d have to break them down. If we had opened the scoring, that would have made it much easier, but instead we conceded a simple goal on the counter. We had more possession and a lot of control in the second half, but then Mainz went and scored their second goal and it got even harder to break them down.”