Berlin– Frustrated and disappointed, Valentino Lazaro, Fabian Lustenberger and Mathew Leckie react tot he defeat against Bundesliga strugglers Mainz on matchday 23.
Fabian Lustenberger: We were not as active and sharp as we were in Leverkusen and we did not deserve to win all told. We did not start badly but we just couldn’t hook it all up at the end, and that’s exactly what worked in Leverkusen. We had more of the play in the opening period and moved the ball around well but we just didn’t create anything so for all our efficiency we didn’t do enough. We’ll now look to be completely and utterly ready for Bayern next week, and we will have to be because it will be very difficult there.
Valentino Lazaro: We came into that one with big amibtions and you could see that at the start but at the end of the day we failed to take the opportunity to climb further up the table against an opponent that was there for the taking. The next two games will be very tough and we know that we could slip down the table slightly. We could have gone seventh with a win and now we have pressure on us going to Bayern and Schalke, where we will have to hope we can pick up points.
Mathew Leckie: That obviously was not how we wanted to perform out there. We knew we would have to fight and that it was a tough game. But we didn’t battle hard enough and even though we had all the possession in the first half as they sat deep. The pitch is not in great shape either and there were a lot of long balls. We made it hard for ourselves to come back from two-nil. We didn’t have enough chances and Mainz converted theirs.