Thomas Tuchel openly discussed the reasons for the defeat against PAOK Saloniki, observing: "That certain something was missing. That's how it was possible to beat us today with one shot on goal."
The coach on the outcome of the match:
"We are disappointed because we did not manage to win the match. We did manage to dominate proceedings and to create some good chances on goal. But nothing more."
...on the permutations prior to the final matchday:
"It was not particularly easy for us because we knew that we had pretty much already lost our battle with Krasnodar and that we were playing again on Sunday. It was also difficult for me to decide on a line-up. The absolute exertion you need, respect for the task and that real sharpness and passion about your game - we didn't have all those things you need to win games. And so that's why our performance looked like it was missing a certain something tonight. That's how it was possible to beat us today with one shot on goal."
...on the completion of the group stage:
"Our group was a complicated group, even if the teams in it were not the biggest names in European football. Amid all the harshness and criticism, it is important not to be unfair and to demand too much. The expectations were for us to win. However, we failed to ensure we put in the effort needed to win. The defeat hurts us and is unnecessary, but I don't want to over-dramatise it either. We still have three very important games ahead of us this year."
...the upcoming draw for the knockout round and possibly facing Liverpool:
"What I want is completely unimportant here. We will just face who we get in the draw. We believe that we can beat any opponent. A tie with Liverpool would be a real blessing for every reporter out there. But I would say: the later, the better. Because that would mean that we would still be in the competition for a while yet."
...on Pascal Stenzel's debut:
"It would have helped Pascal if we had performed better as a team on the whole. It was a complicated debut for him. He would have needed a better performance from us all in order to be able to play more freely and show his potential. Giving him the chance to start was not a present; it was something he earned with his performances in training."
...on Sunday's league match against Frankfurt:
"The task has been made all the more difficult by the fact that we didn't play to our potential tonight. After the step backwards that we made in tonight's match, we now need to take two steps forward and show a complete change in our attitude. We need to learn from what happened here, go through the difficult process of getting back on track and perform here on Sunday in a way which makes the fans happy."
Compiled by Boris Rupert