Interview with Mats Hummels:
"We are not satisfied with our second half performance today. We could be satisfied with the first half if we had scored at least one goal more," said defender Mats Hummels after the DFB Cup match against Chemnitzer FC.
Three victories in three competitive games. No goals conceded. All's well at BVB, it seems?
I think we performed really well in the first period, did not allow Chemnitz to have a shot at our goal and had enough chances ourselves to take in a bigger lead than 1-0 at the break. That's often the case with us. But the positive aspect is that we managed to carve out several clear chances against an opponent that sat back and defended deep. That's been one of our shortcomings in recent years. Then we allowed the match to become much more open in the second half, meaning that Chemnitz started to believe in themselves again. In addition to Anton Fink's good effort which Roman Bürki did very well to save, there were one or two other heart-in-mouth moments. Then we scored the second goal, which sealed the victory.
How happy is the team with the match?
We are not satisfied with our second half performance today. We could be satisfied with the first half if we had scored at least one goal more. We know all about the unique nature of cup matches. In those moments when the lower league teams begin to feel that there is a chance they could spring a surprise, then they up their effort by a couple of per cent. And that's what Chemnitz did today. We often kept hold of the ball longer than we needed to, thus losing possession and making life hard for ourselves.
How close is the team to showing what Thomas Tuchel wants to see?
We show glimpses of it from time to time, but it will still take some time before we can consistently perform like that over 90 minutes, before things happen automatically and before it's ingrained in us. We are already familiar with a lot of it. It's not as if the game of football is being completed reinvented. It's just about details that we are working on. We already have the basics.
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