Nagelsmann defends defeat to Reds

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann believes his side had the better chances despite their 2-1 Champions League qualifier defeat to Liverpool.

Reds teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold opened the scoring with a free kick before Havard Nordtveit found his own net to double their advantage late on.

“I feel that we played a really good match, especially in the first half,” Nagelsmann said. “I think we had the better chances, the clearer chances.”

While an 87th-minute strike from Marc Uth means Hoffenheim are still in the tie ahead of the return leg at Anfield, they could have taken the lead had Andrej Kramaric not missed his 12th-minute penalty.

With that in mind, Nagelsmann was not buying Reds manager Jurgen Klopp’s claim that the Reds allowed Hoffenheim to have possession in non-threatening situations.

“No, I don’t agree, we had the ball in many important spaces,” he said. “He has to say that and defend his team, he won’t say ‘Hoffenheim played so well and we were s**t.”

“I can give one example when [Sandro] Wagner played a square pass into space that was an important ball and another situation with Serge Gnabry and many others.”

The result means that Hoffenheim need to score at least twice when they visit England next week Wednesday for the second leg.

“I don’t really make a difference between home or away matches, so I don’t really care,” Nagelsmann added.

“I can assure you that our commitment will be the same at Anfield. I know that we made a good match here and I can promise you that we will make a good match over there.”