Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 7: 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.

Schalke 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Domenico Tedesco: “In the end, 1-1 is fair, because both teams dominated the game at different points. At the start it was Leverkusen. We wanted to play from deep and then put pressure on the ball, because Leverkusen have several quick players who can be difficult to deal with. This tactic worked for us.

“Consequently we began to take control of the game, and went 1-0 up, which I think was a fair reflection at that stage. After that, we had chances to make it 2-0. We simply have to make the most of these; but we didn’t, and consequently our opponents were still in the match. Leverkusen then used their possession to increasingly exert their control over the game.

“Towards the end, both teams went for the win and the game lost its compactness. For a spectator that makes for a great spectacle, but it makes it very stressful for us coaches. This evening, we came up against a very strong Leverkusen side. So, at the end of the day, we will take the point and look forward to the next challenge. “

Heiko Herrlich: “I am happy with the result and overall I can live with the performance. In the second half we had more chances and we could have won. The team showed great character after going behind. Schalke were somewhat better in the first half, we were in the second. From that point, the result is justified.”

Augsburg 1-2 Borussia Dortmund

Manuel Baum: “We missed a good opportunity to get a draw today. We were far too passive in the first half, and just allowed them to have too much of the ball. I’m very proud of our second half performance though. We definitely did enough to earn a point by the time the 90 minutes were up.”

Peter Bosz: “We are happy with the result. That was the worst game during my time here at BVB. It was never easy at any point today. We had plenty of space in the first half, but we didn’t play good football. In the second half we didn’t play anything remotely approximating football at all. Every team has a couple of games like this each season. For that reason, I am very happy that we managed to win the encounter.

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 VfB Stuttgart

Niko Kovac: “We played reasonably well in the first half. We spread the ball around well and finally took the lead at home. We took our foot off the gas in the second half, though. I deliberately left Sébastien Haller on the pitch after we went down to ten men. Stuttgart had plenty of height in attack with Simon Terodde and I knew we would need [Haller] to help us defend set-pieces. That was the only logical solution.

“For him to score the winning goal late on is particularly pleasing. There were plenty of things we did well today, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. We need to be more consistent over 90 minutes and more clinical in front of goal. That way we won’t be involved in as many games as tight as this one, and we won’t all be on tenterhooks until the very end.”

Hannes Wolf: “We started the game well, but then became increasingly more passive and conceded the 0-1. In the second-half, we were in the game immediately, got our goal and pushed for a second. However, against ten men, we didn’t have the protection at the back we should have had. This defeat really hurts. We’ll have to shake ourselves now and continue working hard.”

Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1 Hannover

Dieter Hecking: “We knew that we would be up against a confident side today, and at times you could see that it’s not exactly the easiest thing to immediately shake off the effects of a 6-1 defeat. At half time, we talked about taking more risks and although we didn’t start the second 45 well, we improved more and more as the game went on and really got stuck in.

“We deserved to take the lead, but then frustratingly let in an equaliser more or less straightaway. It was an end-to-end match after that, so I have to give credit to my team. We’re fairly happy with where we are in the table at the moment.”

Andre Breitenreiter: “That’s football for you. The boys are downhearted right now. I’m less so, because we put in a great performance today. It was a fairly even first half. We tried to stay compact and counter quickly in our 4-1-4-1 formation. We were courageous with our build-up play and worked the ball around nicely. We carried on like that in the second half, but the pressure on us increased.

“Gladbach were always dangerous from set-pieces, but we had a huge chance to take the lead after we got back on level terms. Unfortunately, Salif Sané made the wrong decision to jump into a tackle in added time, but I won’t hold that against him. The penalty call was correct.”

VfL Wolfsburg 1-1 Mainz

Martin Schmidt: “At the beginning it was very difficult for us, as there was a lot of nervousness in our play. Considering the complete course of the match, the draw is O.K. If we’d shown the real killer instinct and Yunus (Malli) had made it 2-0, then that would have been an end to it. We lack that killer instinct though and we are some way off having it.

“Our opponents didn’t make life easy for us. Particularly towards the end, things were very, very difficult. It’s a nice feeling to be on a three-match unbeaten run, but we haven’t landed a win. We have a lot of work ahead of us – in particularly as to how to defend a lead. We will get working on that in the coming days.”

Sandro Schwarz: “In the first thirty minutes we got into the game very well – we were very active and courageous. All that we lacked was making use of one of the chances we had to take the lead. After that we allowed the game to get away from us a little and Wolfsburg showed their qualities. It was the same again after the re-start, when we gifted possession to our opponents with unnecessary losses of possession for the first ten or fifteen minutes.

“The reaction we showed to going behind was very good. We had a period of pressure and deservedly scored our equaliser. Towards the end, I felt we were closer to getting the win, but we always had to be very cautious. We are very satisfied in how we played our game over long phases, so we are happy with the point.”

Hamburg 0-0 Werder Bremen

Markus Gisdol: “The new players did really well. That gives a lot of hope for the future when you’ve got such boys. We would have been deserved winners today.”

Alexander Nouri: “We were really in the game for the first quarter of an hour. After that Hamburg had more of the game before we took control in the end phase. I think that 0-0 is fair. We were defensively sound.”

SC Freiburg 3-2 Hoffenheim

Christian Streich: “Our response to going behind was brilliant. Hoffenheim are a great team and showed real quality despite having ten players out injured. Towards the end we were a little slower and weren’t closing down quickly enough. Hoffenheim played a lot of long balls but we had a great attitude. It was a strong performance.”

Julian Nagelsmann: “We started well and attacked Freiburg in the first ten minutes but after taking the lead we became tired and lacklustre. We have a few players missing with injury and weren’t able to keep up the high tempo. Freiburg were a lot more dynamic between the 15th and 45th minutes but we should have prevented the goals.

“We were the better team in the second half and created a lot of chances. The performance was better than against Ludogorets. It would have been nice to win but that’s not always possible.”

Hertha Berlin 2-2 Bayern Munich

Pal Dardai: “I’m glad we drew the game 2-2 and came back after going two down. We wanted to win the match. However, we didn’t get off to a good start, the first goal was a present, we have to defend better in that situation. But the team showed great character and a very good reaction. I think the draw is ultimately okay for both teams.”

Willy Sagnol: “The result is a bit annoying for us. If you’re two goals up you have to be more focused and disciplined. We had lots of chances and only scored two goals. It’s disappointing, we should have been more efficient. But that’s football, we have to accept it.

“If we aren’t focused we won’t be the best team in Germany any longer. It’s not only the defence, it’s a problem of the entire team. We have to act more as a team and find the right balance. We’ll calmly analyse it during the international break.”

Köln 1-2 RB Leipzig

Peter Stöger: “Congratulations to Hasi and Leipzig. I saw a great football match with lots of chances and opportunities for both sides. The first twenty minutes we control the opponent. The boys cannot be down. Normally I have to congratulate, but that’s a bit difficult in the present moment.”

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “I don’t need to see the statistics to say that it was an intense game with a long of goalmouth action. There was a shot every other minute and that says a lot for the match. There were two sides who were unable to stop their opponent. We were not so fresh and were unable to play as we’d like. It could have been 8-8 and some teams will lose here. Köln have quality and we are very happy to have won.”

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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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