“Napoli were too much”

Oliver Glasner, Sebastian Rode and Kevin Trapp assess the round of 16 second leg and the overall Champions League campaign.

Head coach Oliver Glasner: “Congratulations to SSC Napoli on a deserved victory and a place in the Champions League quarter-finals. We tried everything, we were more competitive than in the first leg but have to accept that Napoli were too much for us. They’re playing at a top level and showed us our limits. Nevertheless, I’m proud of what the team have achieved in their first Champions League season.”

We just have to accept that they were the better team.

Kevin Trapp

Sebastian Rode: “You saw the technical quality that Napoli possess, also in their build-up play. It was very difficult to get tackles in. We matched them for large periods but we gave the ball away unnecessarily before the goals, which was our downfall. We lacked incision in the final third. Nevertheless, I’m very proud of the team and what we’ve achieved. Hardly anyone thought we could reach the last 16 of the Champions League. Ultimately we got knocked out by a very good side, who are Italian champions in waiting. We have to keep our chins up and we still want to achieve things in the Bundesliga and DFB Cup.”

Kevin Trapp: “Napoli are a class side with a lot of quality. They are where they are for a reason. We just have to accept that they were the better team but we played courageously, we had our chances. It was a decent performance, everything else we have to work on again. They are always difficult periods in a season. However, you notice in the group that once someone’s played in the Champions League they want to keep playing at that level. We have the quality for it, but the road there isn’t easy. Now we need to see to it that we summon our strengths for the DFB Cup and Bundesliga and get the best out of them.”

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