Pros 13.04.2019 — 21:43 Uhr

Schwarz: Extraordinary second half performance

Post-match reaction from the coaches after the defeat in Dortmund

Sandro Schwarz: “Congratulations to Borussia Dortmund. We saw two completely different halves tonight. We were too passive during the first half and didn’t use our chances on the counter. We lacked speed and also didn’t defend well enough. Dortmund took advantage of certain situations where we weren’t paying enough attention. We could have cut the lead just before half-time. We changed our formation during the break and always had the feeling that we would be able to make our way back into the game. We played an exceptional second half. We were dangerous in their box, put on pressure, hit the post and nearly scored. I think we deserved a point after a second half like that. It’s not a good feeling to not be rewarded in the end.”

Lucien Favre: “We played really well in the first half while Mainz played in a 5-3-2 formation. We deserved to take a 2-0 lead into half-time and we could’ve made it 3-0 before the break too. We wanted to repeat our first half performance in the second half. However, we encountered problems once Mainz switched to a 4-4-2 diamond formation and we didn’t defend well against it either. Our full-backs were exposed in 2v1 situations and we didn’t have as much possession in the second half. This is always dangerous. We should’ve stayed more composed and focused on our defensive effort. Right at the end of the match, Mainz should’ve equalised. However, the end result is all that counts.”