There was a clear message after the game. "We were simply lacking all over," said the captain. "It was a disaster," according to the coach. "We are taking the space away from each other," complained the defensive linchpin. Here are the reactions to the game:
Lucien Favre: "It was a disaster. It was bad. We weren't good at winning the ball. We made too many big mistakes. It's hard to explain. If you're not good at winning the ball, and I mean the whole team, then you have a problem. Stuttgart played well, but we were very, very poor. You can't get away with that. Stuttgart played well in the first half, but we managed to make it 1-1. Still, we wanted to do better in the second half. We let in a very sloppy goal. That unsettled the team. We weren't at it today."
Marco Reus: "You jut have to say that we deserved to lose by that much. Stuttgart showed us how we actually wanted to play. Stuttgart were aggressive. They were very compact, switched their style straight away when they lost the ball and played really well together up front. That is no coincidence. We were simply lacking all over – lacking everything that we actually needed on the pitch. It was a very, very difficult evening. We have to digest that now. We were playing at home. That is not the way we should present ourselves. We have to talk about it and highlight the errors."
Mats Hummels: "We didn't play well in the first half, but we were happy to get into the break at 1-1. Then we let in goal after goal. The goals for 2-1, 4-1 and 5-1 all came from us losing the ball in a way that we should never have allowed to happen. Stuttgart played really well for the 3-1, you have to say. Stuttgart did an excellent job here, as they have done for the whole season. They had a good plan, were aggressive and determined. We weren't. We were lacking concentration, among other things. We always try to play tiki-taka through small gaps. We lose the ball so often when we try that. If it works, it looks good. Unfortunately, it works in very few cases. We don't have enough depth in our game and we are taking the space away from each other."
Transcribed by Timo Lammert