Marco Rose was disappointed after Gladbach's 1-2 loss to İstanbul Başakşehir that saw 'Die Fohlen' crash out of the Europa League, but said he couldn't fault his team.
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Borussia Mönchengladbach coach Marco Rose was disappointed after his team lost 1-2 to İstanbul Başakşehir and crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday.
For a long while, it looked like the game at Borussia-Park would end with a 1-1 draw, which would have been enough to send 'Die Fohlen' through, but Enzo Crivelli injury-time winner saw İstanbul Başakşehir advance to the round of 32 instead.
"This defeat really hurts. We were desperate to make the knockout stages and guarantee European football after Christmas. We had to work hard to make sure we had the chance to qualify in the final group game against Istanbul," Rose said after the game, as quoted by the club, and added:
"We put a lot into the game and tried to win it. We started well, but there were a few instances in which we weren't clinical enough. A few sloppy passes made us a bit nervy too. That shouldn’t really happen. We wanted a second goal, but couldn't find it. The equaliser came in the 43rd minute and then they won it in injury time.
"Overall, I still think we played okay. I can't fault my team. The loss is really disappointing for us, the team, the fans and the whole club. We need to get back to winning ways on Sunday against Wolfsburg."
Elsewehere, Eintracht Frankfurt and VfL Wolfsburg both advanced to the knockout stages.