Bundesliga Weekend Wrap: He said what?

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.

Hamburg 1-2 Bayern Munich

Bruno Labbadia: “It’s just annoying. At the end of the day we turned in a decent display but it isn’t worth anything. We defended very aggressively and allowed hardly any chances in the first half. It’s irritating that we concede such silly goals.”

Pep Guardiola: “All credit to my players, they did well. It was a good display considering it was the first match after the winter break. We ran a lot and only allowed one chance. We played as a team.”

Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-3 Borussia Dortmund

Andre Schubert: “Obviously I am disappointed that we’ve lost the game. We made too many mistakes at the back, which a team of Dortmund’s quality are always going to punish ruthlessly. On top of that, we were wasteful in front of goal. These two things combined make it impossible coming up against BVB.

“We made very avoidable mistakes for each of their three goals, but we’re a very young side who still have a lot to learn. The fact that we created a lot of chances is a positive that we have to take from the game.”

Thomas Tuchel: “We played well and deserved to win. We knew we were going to have to perform well to win in Gladbach. There’s a lot of individual talent in their team and they are brave going forward. The key to our victory for me was our strength in the fifty-fifties and how quickly we moved the ball forward. In the first half, we were not clinical enough on the counter, but we improved on this in the second half and that decided the game.”

Köln 1-3 VfB Stuttgart

Peter Stöger: “We were very slow to start the game, but then had a good phase. We definitely lost the game because we made too many simple mistakes. Stuttgart exploited that with their attacking quality. Therefore it was an unnecessary defeat for us, but it doesn’t mean it wasn’t a deserved win for Stuttgart.”

Jürgen Kramny: “We reacted very well to the set-back. We presented ourselves as a unit and deservedly got our equaliser before the break. In the second half we made use of the room made available to us by our opponents, while also keeping them away from our penalty area. On the whole, we deserved the win, although I wasn’t happy about the closing phase, because we allowed Köln to create a couple of chances in a short space of time.”

Hannover 1-2 Darmstadt

Thomas Schaaf: “We started the game well, played with courage going forward and implemented our ideas for the game well. But midway through the first half we stopped looking to get forward. Then we were unable to play the way we had planned and lapsed into old patterns. If you look at the stats, you will see we are on the right track even if the result today didn’t come.”

Dirk Schuster: “We had one or two problems in the first fifteen minutes. Hannover played directly, very quickly and we couldn’t get a grip. Logically we went 1-0 down. That gave us some bite, we were more aggressive and we looked better. We didn’t take a few chances and had to worry a bit at the end.”

Hertha Berlin 0-0 Augsburg

Pal Dardai: “We are pleased with the 0-0. It was difficult to create clear-cut opportunities against FCA, they were well organised. We tried hard, but ultimately couldn’t find a way through, so can be pleased with gaining a point.”

Markus Weinzierl: “It was a good game, we didn’t give them anything, and had the better chances overall. We could have got more from the match, for example Raul’s chance, but we are pleased with a point. To have kept five clean sheets in six games is a real achievement.”

Hoffenheim 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Huub Stevens: “It was difficult for us to get into the game. But then from nothing we went 1-0 ahead and that helped our heads. We then should have scored a second but we didn’t do that and then it went to 1-1. Then you can speak of luck that we didn’t get a second.”

Roger Schmidt: “We naturally would have liked to have won. That could have been possible as we had a lot of clear chances. But the goalkeeper played well. We knew that Hoffenheim were better than their position in the table.”

Ingolstadt 1-0 Mainz

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “We are of course very pleased to have started in this way. We knew how difficult it would be – Mainz are a great side, and we needed a lot of determination to beat them before. We knew they would try a different approach, and we were aware of their counter attacking threat. We got our reward for playing with courage today.”

Martin Schmidt: “I have to be critical. We gave too little today. We started to get into the game after 15-20 minutes, and had our chances, but were not clinical enough when it mattered. We tried a different approach in the second half, but weren’t able to put them under concerted pressure. In reality it was a game drawn, that we lost.”

Eintracht Frankfurt 3-2 Wolfsburg

Armin Veh: “We were never present on the pitch at all in the first half. The only positive thing was that we only trailed by 0-1. The second half was seemingly evenly matched and Alex Meier was once again vitally important up front.”

 Dieter Hecking: “We should never have lost this game. We were so dominant in the first half – it should have been 3-0 or 4-0. That was a very, very frustrating and unnecessary defeat.”

Schalke 1-3 Werder Bremen

Andre Breitenreiter: “We had to pinch ourselves at half time at the fact that it was 1-1. Everything that we have been working on, we put to practice in the opening stages. Our football in the first 45 minutes was a huge improvement from the first half of the season. We had enough chances for three games. You should be going into the break 3-0 or 4-0 up after such a performance.

“Bremen were better after the break, but even then we had more and more chances. Not as many as in the first half, but enough to score a goal. We have to make our chances count. We have to keep our heads up and continue working hard.

Viktor Skripnik: “We’re delighted to take all three points home. But we know that we still have 16 games left and we need to continue working hard. Looking back at the game, we are honest and know that Schalke were clearly better at the start, but they weren’t able to score a second goal. At 1-1 we were the better team and in the end I think we deserve the win. Our hard work in the winter break was rewarded with a win. We’re on the right path. The win against Schalke will certainly boost our confidence.”

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Mathew Burt

A year spent living in Bremen got Mathew hooked on the Bundesliga with regular visits to the Weser Stadion getting in the way of his studies. Back in the UK now, he still keenly follows the Grün-Weißen and German football in general. Follow him on Twitter @matburt74.