"We have to apologize to the fans for that performance," said Gladbach coach Adi Hütter after Saturday's loss to local rivals FC Köln.
|Adi Hütter.||Photo: Borussia Mönchengladbach|
"It's a painful day for us. We have to apologize to the fans for that performance. We wanted to go about the game very differently and put our opponents under pressure, but we didn’t manage to do that at any stage," said Hütter, who struggled to explain the defeat.
"It's hard to find an explanation. After the opening goal, we just allowed Köln to get the better of us. We picked up ten points across the past four games and we could have made up a lot of ground today, but we couldn’t carry on that momentum.
"We want to play positive, attractive and exciting football, but we didn't see any of that today. It’s inexplicable as we had done so much better in recent games. It's extremely frustrating for all of us to have put in such a performance."
FC Köln coach Steffen Baumgart was in a more upbeat mood, of course.
"I don't want to get too euphoric, but it was a very good first half," said Baumgart.
"We scored our goals at the right moments and implemented our game plan very well. The second half wasn’t quite what we were hoping for though and we didn’t stretch the play enough."
"All in all, though, I thought it was a fantastic performance here in Gladbach, which hasn’t always been the case. We can be pleased with a deserved three points."