- Uth: 'It was pretty loud at half-time.'
- Nagelsmann believes Hoffenheim could have won.
- Schmidt felt 4-1 half-time lead was 'too high'.
It was a remarkable game at the OPEL ARENA to round off Matchday 2. Losing 4-1 at half-time to rampant hosts 1. FSV Mainz 05, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim turned on the style in the second half to claim a point in a memorable 4-4 draw.
bundesliga.com rounds up the reaction from the protagonists...
Mark Uth (Hoffenheim striker): "I had a few muscle problems this week and that's why I started on the bench. I would have liked to have helped the team more… We didn't really get into the game and when that happens here you can suddenly find yourself quite far behind. It was pretty loud [in the dressing room] at half-time. We wanted to carry on playing on the front foot, though: at that stage we didn't have anything to lose."
Watch: hear more from Mark Uth in the video below
Oliver Baumann (Hoffenheim goalkeeper): "The first half was pretty catastrophic. We didn't really defend as a team and made a lot of mistakes - myself included. Mainz deserved to be ahead, but we also gifted them the lead. We kept on believing in ourselves, though, and told ourselves to keep going. It's great that we managed to come back."
Julian Nagelsmann (Hoffenheim coach): "For the fans it must have been a great game, but it wasn't quite that way for me and I'm sure it wasn't for Martin Schmidt, either. All in all, though, the overriding feeling is happiness at taking a point. Of course things got emotional at half-time, but at the end we could even have won the game. We had the chances and if we'd played in a more controlled fashion late on, then there was definitely more there for us."
Adam Szalai (Hoffenheim striker): "At half-time, I told the boys that I'd been in a situation like this before. With Mainz, we were once 3-0 behind at Wolfsburg and won 4-3. Everything is possible in football, and today we battled our way back to a 4-4 draw."
Martin Schmidt (Mainz coach): "The first hour was exactly what we wanted, and played with a real passion. You could see what we were all about. Of course, we were a little bit fortunate because we scored four goals from five shots. Leading 4-1 at the break was probably one or two goals too high. Then, late on, we conceded one or two goals that we shouldn't have. When we analyse this, though, I'll mainly talk to the players about the first hour. Hoffenheim had nothing really to lose and put some real pressure on, but then after it went to 4-4 they had something to lose again and we suddenly looked better."
Stefan Bell (Mainz defender): "It's unbelievably frustrating only to take one point after being 4-1 up."
Pablo De Blasis (Mainz attacker): "The group needed the three points."
Watch: hear more from De Blasis in the video below