Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 9: 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.

Schalke 2-0 Mainz

Domenico Tedesco: “I think we tried to control the game from the start and we did that well for the majority of the 90 minutes. We wanted to avoid an open game against Mainz, because they are very good on the counter-attack. Mainz were well organised and we didn’t put in enough high balls to trouble them but we had good periods of possession.

“We didn’t realise until later in the game that was the way we could get behind the defence. We need to learn from that. We want to make more of our possession in the future. We stood up to their pressure well after the break but we still have a lot of work to do.”

Sandro Schwarz: “I think, overall, Schalke deserved the win. In the first half, we worked hard when we didn’t have the ball but we were lacking in our energy and efforts to win the ball back. Our passes into the channels were often blocked and we weren’t active enough. We gave the ball away too easily in the final third as well. So being behind at the break was a product of that.

“We had our best period of the game at the start of the second half and had two good chances. If you look at the game as a whole, we didn’t deserve to win based on our lack of conviction in front of goal and we didn’t have enough penetrating power.”

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Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 Borussia Dortmund

Niko Kovac: “Everyone got their money’s worth in the stadium today. Our philosophy isn’t to give the opposition so many chances, but today we were playing against Dortmund. It was an open match with chances at both ends. We need to get better at finishing off our attacks.

“Obviously we want to improve in terms of our overall play too, but today we showed that we can play attacking football. We had to work hard for it though. It was a fantastic performance from my team, and they showed great character. Hats off to them for that!”

Peter Bosz: “It was a very open game. Both teams had a lot of opportunities to score. When you’re leading 2-0 and then have other opportunities in front of goal, you need to win the game. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage that today.

“We didn’t play the type of football we’re capable of, especially in our build-up play from the back. Even though Wolf marked Nuri tightly, he still played very well. We had spaces in which to operate on the flanks.

“The lads kept trying right until the end, perhaps they were a bit tired. We were missing that little bit of luck at the end. Nuri’s shot hit the only Frankfurt player on the line.”

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RB Leipzig 1-0 VfB Stuttgart

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “We made it a lot harder for ourselves than in previous games, but that’s due to the opponent. Due to Bruma’s thigh injury in the warm-up, we had to change at short notice and Marcel Sabitzer had a cold start.

“As expected the victory was hard work, but I’m glad we kept a clean sheet. It was tough and we can’t always put on a show. A show wasn’t demanded today- we simply needed three points. The boys did well and now we have a three-day break to recover before a tough Cup game.”         

Hannes Wolf: “In spite of the defeat, we played very well today. Right from the outset, we defended extremely well against Leipzig and also had some good moments going forward. Then we conceded, although we never really made any mistakes. That was just a case of individual quality!

“After the break, we were clear and compact in defence and we had some opportunities on the offensive – all that we lacked was a goal. We had a couple of chances on goal but just didn’t have the necessary. We’ll bounce back from this, shake ourselves off and learn from it going into the cup game against Kaiserslautern.”

Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-5 Bayer Leverkusen         

Dieter Hecking: “The first half was perhaps our best this season. We had the game under control and were linking up superbly at times. We also had three or four concrete chances to score and ought to have been leading by more. We failed to take another chance after the break and instead conceded the equaliser – but that can happen.

“However, we then invited our opponents to score goals. We didn’t hold up the ball well enough and made some silly mistakes in possession, and Leverkusen have the quality to capitalise on that. It’s a painful defeat.”

Heiko Herrlich: “It’s very difficult to explain today’s game. Our plan for the first half was to keep a clean sheet, but that didn’t come to fruition. We started badly, went behind and weren’t able to break up Borussia’s play. We were very lucky not to be 2-0 down at half time – we have Bernd Leno to thank for that.

“We changed things up in the second 45 and created chance after chance. We got the equaliser and then the boys played like a team possessed and stuck away almost every opportunity they got.”

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Augsburg 1-2 Hannover 

Manuel Baum: “We’re frustrated with how the game played out. We had several big chances in the first half but didn’t take them. The second half was fairly even but we gifted away two easy goals and have to learn from that. One good half isn’t enough in the Bundesliga.”

Andre Breitenreiter: “In the first half, we weren’t good enough. FCA were very strong. They put us under pressure and didn’t give away any chances. In the second half, we reacted and found a way back into the game. We aren’t sorry for the win as last week we also gave away two points in the dying minutes of the game.”

Hamburg 0-1 Bayern Munich   

Markus Gisdol: “It’s always hard for me to be satisfied after a defeat. Looking at the match the team did everything they possibly could. They turned in a very good display until the red card, the conditions changed then. It was a key moment. We can build on this performance, and it would have been nice if we had rewarded ourselves with a point.”

Jupp Heynckes: “You have to win matches like this one, and we did just that. You could tell HSV were highly motivated, their commitment was outstanding. Buoyed by the home crowd their team gave it everything from the first to the last minute. We struggled from the start. We didn’t keep up the pace, our positional play wasn’t precise enough.

“It was better after the break, I was satisfied then. We created many chances. However, you have to make use of them. A second goal would have closed out the game. This way we were on tenterhooks until the final whistle.”

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Köln 0-0 Werder Bremen

Peter Stöger: “I am not looking for a way out. I believe this team still enjoys working together. There was the complete will there to win the game. It was a real fight. That the structure in such a game is not what you would like is logical. I saw what I have seen in many games- the team is prepared to do a lot to win the game.”

Alexander Nouri: “The ease was missing and we lost too many unnecessary balls. We need to work on these areas in order to develop. It was exactly the game that we both expected with a tremendous amount of passion on both sides.

Freiburg 1-1 Hertha Berlin       

Christian Streich: “We were the better side. It was a lucky point for Hertha. There should only have been one winner.”

Pal Dardai: “Of course I am happy, the team showed great willingness. At the end it was give and take and both teams could have won. Now we have to go home. Many of my players are inexperienced, we are an educating club and that’s part of the development.”

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VfL Wolfsburg 1-1 Hoffenheim

Martin Schmidt: “I was very happy with the first half. We found lots of room out wide. We have a lot of work ahead of us. You could see here today that we were up against a top side.”

Julian Nagelsmann: I have to separate the analysis. On one hand the way we played and on the other the result. I’ll start with the result which I’m absolutely not happy with. It’s an unnecessary loss of points for us. With the way we played, I’m very happy.”

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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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