Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 4: 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.

Hannover 2-0 Hamburger SV

Andre Breitenreiter: “Over the 90 minutes we played a really good match. The quick goal in the second half was of course important. For a promoted side it is a prerequisite that you work well defensively. That was a decisive factor in our promotion, but even now we don’t allow many chances. We’re on the right road, but we have to keep going.”

Markus Gisdol: “Up until the first goal, it was a very close game but without clear goalscoring chances. 96 often forced us to play long balls. We defended badly for the first goal. Lots of little things were not right with us today. We now have to concentrate on Wednesday.”

Bayern Munich 4-0 Mainz

Carlo Ancelotti: “We played well, very intensely. Our four forwards set up fine passing combinations and moved well, so we were able to play vertically, creating more danger. We were well-organised in defence and allowed hardly any chances.”

Sandro Schwarz: “We encountered Bayern at the wrong time. Bayern played with lots of verve, and we were lucky the scoreline wasn’t higher. We had the right attitude but we didn’t finish our moves. Many things have to come together if we want to come away with anything from Munich. But it’s normal to lose a match away to Bayern.”

Werder Bremen 1-2 Schalke

Alexander Nouri: “We shouldn’t have lost the game. For me, we were really, really unlucky today. After we went ahead, we conceded the equaliser too quickly and we had to adapt quickly after Max went off. I was happy with the way we played today though. We believe in the way we play and can’t let ourselves be swayed by recent results.”

Domenico Tedesco: “It wasn’t easy to play here in Bremen as there’s always a great atmosphere in the stadium. We found it hard in the first half as Bremen won many second balls. In the second half, we defended much better and were on the front foot for most the half. We still let Werder play long balls but we made sure we won the second ball. That helped us come into the game and to create our own goalscoring opportunities.

“We need to do this sooner in the future so that we can swing games in our favour earlier on and that’s something we’ve learnt from this game. If we’re honest, the result easily could have been 2-2 and because of that we’re very happy to get the three points.”

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-2 Augsburg

Niko Kovac: “Credit must go to Augsburg as well, who played extremely well. They were compact in the middle of the pitch in the first half, leaving us no space to operate.

“We just couldn’t adapt to it unfortunately and play with more width. Augsburg’s opener was therefore totally deserved. We managed to muster a bit of a fight back, but that still wasn’t enough to turn the game away around. FCA simply got the better of us today.”

Manuel Baum: “Credit to Frankfurt, who played a good game, even after we deservedly took the lead in first half. In the second half we came out second best too often in a lot of challenges, so I wasn’t happy with that.

“But we showed a lot of character today, and we’re obviously very happy to have come away with three very important points.”

VfB Stuttgart 1-0 VfL Wolfsburg

Hannes Wolf: “The game was overshadowed by the situation with Christian Gentner, who suffered a serious concussion and possibly a couple of broken bones. We are all in shock after that and are all thinking of our captain right now.

“We hope to have him back again fit and healthy soon. Aside from that, I am very proud of my team and the manner in which they played the game today. We knew we would have to be at 100% in every area of the park – which the lads were. Santiago Ascacibar played very well. He gave his all on the attack as well as defensively and won a lot of challenges.”

Andries Jonker: “We came here in the belief that we could win this game, but in the first-half we struggled and played too many imprecise passes going forward. When we were in possession, we gave away the ball far too easily. That makes things difficult. We were then punished by conceding the goal.

“In the second-half we played far more like we had set out to and got back into the match. All I can really recall though is one shot from PG Ntep and a one-on-one situation – those were the only real attacking chances we had. In added-time we were unable to make use of the extra man either.

“It’s a very disappointing result. I am particularly disappointed with the first-half, the second period was ok in footballing terms.”

RB Leipzig 2-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “It was a great game. We were very good in the first half, but we were very bad in the second. Having said that, we were already a little sloppy defensively before the break. When you play like that against an opponent like that, they will show their quality.

“I knew at half time that we would need a third goal. We had the chance to get it, but we didn’t make it count. In the end, we have to be happy to have come away with a point because Gladbach kept improving. We couldn’t get a foothold.”

Dieter Hecking: “It was a very good performance from the boys over the 90 minutes. Leipzig were very good early on, although we should have been ahead after two minutes. RBL showed just what they were capable of after that. There’s a good reason they finished second last season.

“You saw in the second half though the quality that we possess in our team. We played well until the end, but it’s difficult to judge when you should playing a more risky game and open yourself up to counterattacks. We were determined to give a good account of ourselves today, and we did that.”

Hoffenheim 1-1 Hertha Berlin

Julian Nagelsmann: “We played really well in the first half and pressured well. In the second half we started to defend after six or seven minutes and then conceded. After that we started to exert pressure, but Hertha were happy with the point. Therefore it was difficult to get through.”

Pal Dardai: “The match was intensive and there were many changes of tempo. After such a week, I am 100% happy with my team as we played really well. Five points after four games is okay. After ten games we will see in which direction we are going.”

Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 Freiburg

Heiko Herrlich: “That was a big step in the right direction. The performance and the result matched today. We want to take this this momentum to Berlin. It was important for us to show our mentality and get the job done. I’m really happy that we’ve finally gotten a win today. The 4:0 win was very much deserved.”

Christian Streich: “What we saw in the first half was very bad. In this state Leverkusen is not a benchmark for us. Leverkusen was too strong for us today. We had absolutely no chance.”

Borussia Dortmund 5-0 Köln

Peter Bosz: “We deservedly won, and played well in the second half. I was not pleased with the first half.”

Jörg Schmadtke (sporting director): “We want to protest. It was an irregular goal in breach of the rules. That was clearly a wrong decision which decided the game.”

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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.

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