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Hoffenheim had 'clearer' chances, says Nagelsmann

8:36 AM GMT+8 16/08/2017
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After their loss to Liverpool in Champions League qualifying, the Hoffenheim coach promised resistance in the second leg.

Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann has defended his side's performance, following their 2-1 home loss to Liverpool in Champions League qualifying on Tuesday.

Nagelsmann believes Hoffenheim were unlucky not to finish the first leg with at least a draw, having dominated possession for extended periods of the match.

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However, the 30-year-old was particularly guarded over counterpart Jurgen Klopp's assertion Liverpool allowed Hoffenheim to keep the ball in certain areas of the pitch.

"No, I don't agree, we had the ball in many important spaces. He has to say that and defend his team, he won't say 'Hoffenheim played so well and we were sh*t'," Nagelsmann said.

"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.

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

Despite Trent Alexander-Arnold's spectacular free-kick that handed Liverpool the lead, the game and tie arguably would have had a much different complexion, had Andrej Kramaric converted a penalty in the 12th minute.

Klopp says Alexander-Arnold showed 'balls'

Given the performance, Nagelsmann said he has no major concerns going into Anfield.

"I don't really make a difference between home or away matches, so I don't really care," he 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."