Hannover coach Mirko Slomka and captain Steve Cherundolo have reacted to their UEFA Europa League exit last night, with both accepting that Atletico Madrid deserved to go through.
Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes and captain Philipp Lahm remained upbeat despite the Bundesliga leaders' 2-1 defeat by Hannover yesterday, which ended their unbeaten run of 13 matches.
Hannover coach Mirko Slomka says club captain Steve Cherundolo will be fit for the start of the Bundesliga season, despite the USA defender's recent injury on international duty.
Hannover went third in the Bundesliga today with a 3-1 win at Freiburg which knocked Bayern Munich out of the UEFA Champions League places before the weekend's matches.
Stuart Holden will miss the upcoming international friendlies against Argentina and Paraguay for the USA after he needed 26 stitches to fix a wound in his knee, and he is joined in pulling out by Steve Cherundolo and Zak Whitbread.
Hannover 96 have climbed into the rarefied air of third place in the Bundesliga, and FIFA.com spoke exclusively with captain and USA international Steve Cherundolo about this unlikely success story.