Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 8: 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 here we bring you the best of the Bundesliga trainer soundbites.

VfB Stuttgart 2-1 Köln

Hannes Wolf: “Cologne were really good early on and put us under pressure. During that phase, Köln could have taken the lead. After 30 or 35 minutes, we then got a foothold in the game and created a number of good chances – the third of which resulted in the goal by Tassos. We were in control for long periods of the second-half. We had a few good situations in which we got into the opposition box, but we didn’t play them out effectively.

“Then Köln hit back. Things got pretty wild then and we lacked the physical freshness. Chadrac ultimately decided the outcome with a good solo run, but we can’t forget that late save by Ron, who did well tonight in a number of situations. We need to continue working on becoming more stable in all areas.”

Peter Stöger: “We went in superbly and had chances in the first half an hour. When you get going and have chance after chance, you leave space and the opponent improves. The second half was an unbelievable fight in both directions and it felt like a bit of a cup game. Luck at the moment is not on our side. I’m really sorry for the boys, because they put in a lot of effort, but were not rewarded. It’s unbelievable what they tried to deliver. That is what we want to see.”

Bayern Munich 5-0 Freiburg

Jupp Heynckes: “It was important to have a good start. We’re buoyed by it, it boosts our confidence and poise. Our positional play was good, we let the ball do the work. In our current situation we shouldn’t overestimate the 5-0 victory. It was good that the team wanted to score even more goals when they were two up. It was a positive beginning after the last few weeks.”

Christian Streich: “Of course we’re disappointed, we wanted to take something from the game. Two of our counter-attacks were symptomatic. If you don’t finish your moves against Bayern the pressure gets too high. We gave it everything but we weren’t good enough. We made it too easy for Bayern to win the match by this scoreline.”

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Hoffenheim 2-2 Augsburg

Julian Nagelsmann: “We had a very good start, but our tempo dropped after ten minutes. As Augsburg grew into the game, we began to lack ideas. Sandro Wagner’s offside goal was correctly ruled out, but it helped our game as we were no longer so flat and sluggish. Augsburg defended well, regained possession well and had big chances through Finnbogason.

“Shortly before the break we upped the tempo again and showed what was to come in the second half. After the break we were clearly better. Unfortunately our finishing was often lacking, we should have scored a few from set pieces and we had some big chances in the box. Even after conceding we took the lead with a fine goal and should have scored another – but we didn’t. When you consider that, a draw was fair.”

Manuel Baum: “All in all, we’re satisfied with the point, because we’ve earned another crucial point. The first half went well and we could have gone into the half in the lead. We have a lot to improve upon from the second half, even though we managed to equalise twice. We never gave up, and the players who came on from the bench made a crucial impact.”

Hertha Berlin 0-2 Schalke

Pal Dardai: “They deserved to win. In the first half they did what we wanted to do. They were just a step fresher, more dynamic both physically and mentally. We now have to think about what we did wrong in our preparation. The red card was unnecessary, as was the penalty and both goals could have been defended better.

“We wanted Mitchell and Davie to work as the counter attackers in the second half, but it did not pan out. There’s nothing to take from this game, we did not turn up today.”

Domenico Tedesco: I’m happy for the team as they had a very good game but it was a hard piece of work. We had a lot of possession but I’m also very happy that we didn’t give any goalscoring chances away. When you have the ball, there’s always a fear about the counter but we nipped that in the bud.

“In the first half, we weren’t able to be as effective with the ball as we’d like to be. However, we got the two goals in the second half that we deserved and won.

Mainz 3-2 Hamburg

Sandro Schwarz: “It was a bit tricky for us in the first half, despite taking the early lead. We had too many hairy moments and poor clearances. Hamburg were looking like the better side for a while and there was a hairy moment just before half time when we could have gone behind.

“We were much stronger and hungrier after the break. It was a hard-earned victory at the end, which we won through our mental strength! We were worrying again a bit at the end, but the finer details went in our favour today.

“Our goal before the game was to play our best to increase our chances of getting our third home win of the season. We now have ten points and we’re seeing great improvement, but there’s still a long way to go.”

Markus Gisdol: “Congratulations to Sandro and Mainz. It’s difficult for us to accept this defeat and it doesn’t help that we played well today. We need to be more effective in defence as well as going forward. We don’t seem to be able to win the evenly balanced games.

“You have to learn from games like this. André Hahn should have made it 2-1 before the break, but we got caught sleeping twice and Mainz made it 2-1 after the break, instead of us. After that, it was hard to come back.

“It’s not good enough to just try, we need to score points and the bottom line is that we haven’t taken any points away with us today.”

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Hannover 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt

Andre Breitenreiter: “We lost lots of decisive individual duels and therefore cannot complain about the defeat. Small things were decisive, but they were in Frankfurt’s favour. Over the 90 minutes, the win for Frankfurt was not totally deserved.”

Niko Kovac: “We definitely deserved the victory. We started the game well, but soon took our foot off the gas. The introduction of Jetro [Willems] revitalised us, though. We’re very happy to have 13 points on the board, but it’s too early to draw any conclusions.

“It’s obviously very satisfying to beat a team who are usually so strong at home, but it wasn’t a perfect performance and we need to keep improving. The league table is still incredibly tight, so these three points are worth their weight in gold.

“Kevin-Prince gave us more stability in front of our defence today. I’ll celebrate my birthday tomorrow with my family, and I’m very happy about the win. The team got their just rewards, and for that the lads deserve two days off.”

Borussia Dortmund 2-3 RB Leipzig

Peter Bosz: “Even if Leipzig exerted a lot of pressure, especially at the beginning, our general performance was poor and we played too many balls back to the goalkeeper. In such situations we would usually play it forward, where we have players who can do something with the ball.

“Playing the ball back to our goalkeeper so that he can hit a long ball forward is not our type of football. We couldn’t pick out the free man. That works when you play with courage and speed. But when you defend poorly as well, conceding three goals, then it’s going to be difficult to win.

“We wanted to do things differently in the second half and lined up with three at the back, but then we were down to ten men within two minutes of the restart. From then on it got more difficult. We battled and created several chances to salvage a draw, but Leipzig ultimately deserved to win.”

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “If you win here, you must have done something right. We implemented our game plan really well. A lot has to go perfectly in order to win here. It is important that we always believed in ourselves.”

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Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 VfL Wolfsburg

Heiko Herrlich: “When you take the lead twice in a game and then end up with just a point, it’s not good and really feels like a defeat. After the 2-1, we had a further chance through Kevin Volland to seal the deal.

“We failed to do that and then conceded the equaliser from a simple situation. In the end, we can consider ourselves lucky not to have lost the game on a counter-attack.”

Martin Schmidt: “We got into the game well in the first fifteen minutes, we closed down the spaces to pass into and probably caught our opponents a little unawares with that strategy. Then we showed some very unusual weaknesses from set-pieces, which made us a little shaky. That was clear to see then from our passing and the challenges. After about half an hour, I switched to a somewhat unfamiliar 4-2-3-1 system – after which we were clearly more aggressive, got into the challenges better, our switching of play improved and we found the spaces – which led to the equaliser.

“Our passing and tackling was better in the second-half too. That was elementary today and vital in us snatching a point at all. I say ‚snatched‘, because the point is probably more valuable to us than it is to Leverkusen. We are very happy to have twice come back from behind and shown a fighting mentality. We proved that we are difficult to beat.

“Our players need to get it into their heads that they must always believe the chances will come – even if you have less of the play. Once we’ve instilled that thought and the automatisms in training have been optimised, we will move on to secure our first three points.”

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Werder Bremen 0-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Alexander Nouri: “We didn’t challenge for the ball in the first half, but the second 45 was better. Sorry to the fans, they were our 12th man and we would have loved to give them three points. We should have used our phases of pressure to score.”

Dieter Hecking: “I have to pay my team a big compliment. They delivered a really good game today. We really wanted to take the three points, because we knew that we could jump up the table.

“The team continued with the discipline they showed against Hannover. We are a team that can play incredibly good football. We’ve had many injuries in the past weeks and that is often overlooked.”

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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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