The final whistle has blown, the heat of battle has just abated and the Bundesliga trainer is quickly thrust in front of a microphone to give his take on the action.
Whether his side have won, lost or drawn, whether a controversial incident is still seething inside, he gives his reaction and we bring you the best of the Bundesliga trainer soundbites.
Wolfsburg 3-0 Schalke
Dieter Hecking: “It was a deserved win, although maybe the result was a goal too many! My team really deserved this success. Compared to last week, they decidedly increased the amount of ground they covered and the pace of their passing, they were tactically very disciplined and hardly allowed our opponents any air to breathe. It was quite a relaxed evening for me because right from the outset, I could see that my players really wanted to win this game.”
Andre Breitenreiter: “We had planned decidedly more than that. Our performance in the early phase of the game was dreadful. We were too passive – we just jogged around the pitch and never managed to put any attacks together on the opposition goal.
“After 25 minutes we began to play better, we had chances and could have gotten a goal. In the second period my team showed a good reaction. We were aggressive, had some bite and were more active. The penalty situation then came out of nowhere and after those two goals, the game was naturally over for us.”
Bayern Munich 3-0 Bayer Leverkusen
Pep Guardiola: “I’m obviously very, very pleased. We’ve played against big, big rivals. I watch almost every game played by Roger’s team and they usually create five, six, seven, eight or nine clear-cut chances, but today they only had Hakan Calhanoglu’s free-kick.
“Your build-up play in the first third is very important against this team. We urgently need to improve the final ball. I hope my players return from the international break uninjured.”
Roger Schmidt: “Congratulations to Bayern. They played well and deserved to win. It wasn’t easy for us after our match last Wednesday, which was physically and mentally very demanding. I think you could see we wanted to be courageous. It was evenly-matched until they took the lead.
“We could have got back into it after the break, but once they went 2-0 up the task was too great and our opponents too good. You have to acknowledge that Bayern totally deserved to win.”
VfB Stuttgart 1-4 Eintracht Frankfurt
Alexander Zorniger: “In the first half we were very much in the game, but in the second period we threw in the towel to some extent. It’s unfathomable that we have conceded ten goals in three games. I never really got the feeling from the players that they could turn things around after the 1-2.
“We’ve got to let this sink in now. It’s just not acceptable to concede so many goals – regardless of what system you play or in which formation. You’ve got to defend and win the decisive challenges.”
Armin Veh: “VfB played well in the first half. They were aggressive, competitive and the better team even when we took the lead. In the second half we were clearer in our game and countered much better. The 3-1 was decisive and the red card that went with it. After that the game was over.”
1FC Köln 2-1 Hamburg
Peter Stöger: “Hamburg were very organised and didn’t let us into the game for 60 minutes. You saw that we still have to improve against well organised teams. Then my team showed that they believe in themselves. From where I was standing, I would not have given the penalty.”
Bruno Labbadia: “That was a bitter defeat. We don’t need to talk about the goal for 2-1. The penalty was a wrong decision. We’ve had the point stolen. We are really annoyed.”
Augsburg 0-1 Ingolstadt
Markus Weinzierl: “In this game we found few solutions and didn’t play as well as the team are used to. We had a 1000% chance that we should have taken. We will now analyse, and know that the next weeks will be hard. We’ve had worse phases and survived. We’ll also come through this.”
Ralph Hasenhüttl: “After the 4-0 against Dortmund we were on the floor, but we managed to go into the game with courage. We invested a lot and battled until the end. Overall, I thought we had a better grip on the game and had the better chances. We also had the necessary luck that you also need. We weren’t undeserved winners.”
Mainz 3-0 Hannover
Martin Schmidt: “”I think it was a game won by desire and conviction. We wanted to show our ability and our courage on the pitch. We knew we’d have our work cut out for us against a physical Hannover side. We showed that we can compete properly in this division. At the end of the day, the result reflected a superb team effort.”
Michael Frontzeck: “I think we were truly in the game in the first quarter of an hour. We lost all organisation after the first goal. We had a lot to say at half time, came out for the second half and practically gave them the third goal. When all said and done, it was a deserved win for Mainz.”
Darmstadt 0-0 Hoffenheim
Dirk Schuster: “We stood up well with willpower, dedication and fighting strength. In the end it was all about getting the point, the sense of achievement and the good feelings.”
Markus Gisdol: “It is unbelievably difficult to come through here. I am sure that a few team will come undone at Darmstadt. We just lacked that slice of luck to bring the ball over the line.”
Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Hertha Berlin
Thomas Tuchel: “We are very satisfied. It was obvious that we had a hard game. Hertha defended very deep and were very tight and in addition the pitch suffered a bit during the last game. These were all reasons why we couldn’t really get any tempo into our game.
We were lucky on two occasions or you can say we were very attentive in the way we defended and that is why we didn’t go behind. We took the lead through a set play and that gave us confidence. In the second half we then stepped up another gear and were much better, we scored a great goal to make it 2:0”.
Pal Dardai: “Dortmund deserved to win. We had two big chances and then from nothing went 1-0 down. The 3-1 result hurts. Above all I’m annoyed by the first goal. We should have defended better.”
Werder Bremen 2-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Viktor Skripnik: “We’re very happy that we’re going into the international break on the back of a win. We had respect for Gladbach, but we didn’t fear them. You have to get in amongst a team that can move the ball as well as them, and we managed that. If you look at all the chances there were in the game, it could have easily finished 3-3. We played very well at times, and I think we deserved the victory”.
Lucien Favre: “Our performance was okay – we had 62% possession, but we needed more than just that. We just lacked a little bit today. We could have got a draw, but we didn’t take our chances. At the end of the game Bremen got another penalty because we took far too many risks”.
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