Julian Nagelsmann, the Hoffenheim coach, has said that his team were lucky to come away from the match with Bayern Munich with a point.
The side has conserved their unbeaten start to the season thanks to the 1 – 1 draw over the weekend. However, Munich had plenty of chances to come away with three points and hit the woodwork twice in the second half.
Speaking after the match Nagelsmann said, “We’re happy to take this point back with us, although in view of the second half, Bayern would have deserved to win. They put us under extreme pressure and we could hardly free ourselves from it. We’re delighted with this point.’”
Hoffenheim took the lead in the 16th minute thanks to a goal from Kerem Demirbay but they lost the advantage due to an own goal from Steven Zuber before half-time.
Demirbay said that he and the team showed good character but he said that they did not play the best game possible, “The way we played with the ball wasn’t very good, but we had the right mentality and showed that we can hold our own against opponents like Bayern. They put a lot of pressure on us and that’s why we fell a few steps short up front and we were unable to play our counterattacks well.’”
Carlo Ancelotti, the Bayern boss, was philosophical after the draw which allowed his team to go three points clear at the top of the table. While he said that the team deserved to win he accepted that the nature of the game is that “sometimes you just lack the luck you need.”
Mat Hummels hit the woodwork for Bayern and was understandably frustrated that he was unable to win the game for the team.