The mistakes were "difficult to accept" for Julian Brandt, while Alexander Meyer felt "the penalty incident did not decisively impact the match because we made too many errors ourselves". For Marcel Sabitzer, "the how and why is difficult to explain". And Edin Terzic stated: "It was completely our own fault for letting the opposition back into the game." The match reactions.

Edin Terzic (to DAZN): "We started the game extremely nervously. After having to process the early goal we conceded, we showed a very good reaction and did very many things – both in terms our possession and positioning – very well. We started being extremely sloppy again in the second half and completely invited the opponent to come back into the game. We were only able to shape the game in such a way that we could create scoring chances again late on. It was completely our own fault for letting the opposition back into the game."

Marcel Sabitzer (to BVB-TV): "After a poor start, we turned things back in our favour, had the control, went in at half-time and stated that we would need to react to their adjustments – and then we lost our way, lost simple balls and got hit on the counter-attack at our own stadium. That shouldn't happen. The how and why is difficult to explain."

Julian Brandt (in the mixed zone): "That was totally unnecessary. We allowed an opponent who hadn't given up but whom we had under control to come back to life by playing sloppy balls. It was madness at times. We showed a reaction to the mistake in the first half, turned around and controlled the game. We tired Hoffenheim out and also somehow took away their desire to play football. We did not cut out the individual mistakes in the second period and instead doubled or trebled them and showed very poor decision-making in terms of when we wanted to play football and when we perhaps wanted to go for the second balls. That's what annoys me the most – the defeat just annoys me. It's hard to accept."

Alexander Meyer (to DAZN): "Unbelievable! Despite going behind early on, we played our game well and showed a super reaction. And then we simply stopped in the second half, rather than simply keeping going. Even if the equaliser took an unlucky deflection: we simply cannot allow a game to slip out of our hands like that! The 2-1 lead at the break should've actually given us self-confidence and security. We had many untidy actions and problems keeping our play going. The penalty incident did not decisively impact the match because we made too many errors ourselves, but he clearly increases the surface area of his body, and you do see other penalties for that."