Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 10: 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.

Mainz 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt

Sandro Schwarz: “Congratulations to Frankfurt for picking up a point away from home. We started the game well and could have done one or two things slightly better. We then lost our way a bit, but at least we defended well at the set pieces.

“We weren’t brace enough at some points in the first half. We looked more optimistic in the second half. Muto and Serdar’s combination was excellent and brought us back into the game.

“With a bit of luck, there could have been more in this game for us, but it was a scrappy battle out on the pitch today and both teams were often preventing each other’s attacking plays. We can live with the point after a very busy week.”

Niko Kovac: “If you look at the stats, it was an evenly balanced game. Mainz were the better team after the break, but didn’t create that many chances, and we were really strong in the first half, so a draw is a fair result after 90 minutes.

“We’ll take the point, even though we could have won today, but we would’ve had to play with much more intensity to do that. It’s always tricky at Mainz; Eintracht still haven’t ever managed to win here in the Bundesliga and unfortunately that hasn’t changed tonight.”

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Hoffenheim 1-3 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Julian Nagelsmann: “Borussia deserved the win. We started well, particularly using the wings in our attacks. Borussia had two big chances in a row, but the opening stages were open.

“Our opening 15 minutes of the second half were fine too, but then we started to panic and wanted to score the second goal too quickly. Borussia were quick to punish us and we simply switched off.”

Dieter Hecking: “We were disappointed in ourselves after the first half because we had chances. In the end it was a perfect away performance. We tried using Matthias Ginter in a defensive partnership with Denis Zakaria and I think that was the key to our success.

“Jannik Vestergaard and Nico Elvedi were very stable and Thorgan Hazard caused TSG a lot of problems. It was also good to see Vincenzo Grifo taking his chance, too.”

Hertha Berlin 2-1 Hamburg

Pal Dardai: “It was an important but difficult game for us. It was an open game in the first half and not easy to play against the wind. We had to use the set pieces and make the most of those. It got a little bit close at the end but I am satisfied. We’ve now got 13 points and things look better.

“We planned to be in the top ten at the end of the season. I can completely understand the frustration after the DFB Pokal defeat in the week, but it said so much about the boys that they put the Cologne defeat behind them.

“Respect to the them for embracing the pressure. It was not easy with all the pressure from outside that we have had this week, because that makes it look like everyone is unsure and unsatisfied. We are not in a crisis. The team showed that today.”

Markus Gisdol: “Congratulations to Pal and his team. Up until the second goal it was an open game. We destroyed the game for ourselves. We knew Hertha would be strong from set pieces and we spoke clearly about who was meant to mark who and who was to cover which space.

“Because we conceded in this way we have to say we did not deserve to win. I don’t want to speak about the good things anymore because we’re not interested in that. We are not going to pick up points if we play with such neglect in the crucial moments.”

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Schalke 1-1 VfL Wolfsburg

Domenico Tedesco: “We had the best half of any half we’ve played since I’ve been here in the first half. We didn’t only control possession but we used it to create numerous goalscoring opportunities. Also, we didn’t concede any chances in the first half to a team who are very solid and have quality upfront.

“In the second half, we were too passive and didn’t keep the ball as much. Wolfsburg did well in the half spaces. In this sort of system, the holding midfielder has to defend aggressively. We ran our socks off but it was difficult to keep it tight at the back against a team with such quality going forwards.

“We let the point slip away from us but we have to take it on the chin. We’ll try to perform as we did in the first half for the whole game against Freiburg.”

Martin Schmidt: “”In the first-half, Schalke played very, very well. That was the toughest opponent we’ve faced since I’ve been here and we were under more pressure than in any other game. The 1-0 for Schalke before the break was deserved. At the break we discussed a number of issues and we wanted to take a more courageous approach.

“The second-half then looked better, we held our own well, created chances and battled against the defeat. The equaliser was deserved, but admittedly lucky at such a late stage in the game. At the moment things feel quite good, although we know all the draws don’t really help us in getting away from the nether regions of the table.

“We’ve deserved the results we got though and I am entirely convinced we will break that run and I can finally celebrate my first win in the league with VfL.”

Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Köln

Heiko Herrlich: “I’m over the moon. The team performance was very good. We dominated the first half and took control after the equaliser. In the end a set-piece situation was decisive again.”

Peter Stöger: “If you look at the 90 minutes, Leverkusen deserved to win. Bayer had a better structure and a better passing game. We  did really well in the first half, but after the break we were not really in the game anymore.”

Hannover 4-2 Borussia Dortmund

Andre Breitenreiter: “That was an impressive performance from my team. They used the space they were given and can be proud of themselves. They carried out all their tasks with heart and emotion.”

Peter Bosz: “Hannover deserved to win, they played with aggression from the beginning. When we’re on good form, lots and lots of space opens up for our quick strikers. In the first half in particular, we played badly, we weren’t aggressive enough and our build-up play was too slow.

“I’ve just learned what this means today. The penalty, the red card – could be. I don’t believe in sticking points. We need to take the blame. We did not perform well today; Hannover did put in a very good performance and so they deserved to win.”

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Bayern Munich 2-0 RB Leipzig

Jupp Heynckes: “After Wednesday’s cup fight we were once again very committed and motivated. Our preparation was ideal. If you’re reduced to ten men after 14 minutes, as Leipzig were today, it’s a disadvantage.

“But my team controlled the match and were clever. We could have scored one more goal, but it was more important to be disciplined in defence and take no risks. I really liked it.”

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “”We’ve seen too many red cards this year. We could have gone home at half-time. We focused on containing our opponents then and rested the lads we need on Wednesday. If you see two red cards against Bayern within a few days it gets hard from a mental point of view.”

Werder Bremen 0-3 Augsburg

Alexander Nouri: “I think that we started the game well. We lacked the fluency in our play which stems from our current situation. There were misplaced passes and lots of fouls. It was the game that most people would’ve expected. A game with lots of passion and willpower.

“We gave it our all for each other for the whole game and created some good opportunities. It is frustrating that we didn’t make the most of them and on a good day, Thomas’ header would’ve gone in.

“We are not satisfied with the point because we need to get that feeling of winning back. The goal was clear, to get three points here. The chances were there. But we can take something positive from the game. Our morale was really high for the whole game today and we need to continue that.”

Manuel Baum: “We are very happy. There are however two points we have to address. We could have had a better chance conversion and could have scored more goals.  And in the first twenty minutes after half time we had no control. Werder came too often in front of our goal and we were lucky not concede and go to 2-1.”

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VfB Stuttgart 3-0 SC Freiburg

Hannes Wolf: “The game was open from the start. Then came the red card. After that we had the challenge of playing against a deep lying opponent. The team did this patiently, were sharp in the decisive moment and scored the goal. The second half was not so clear. For us the win makes it an important evening.”

Christian Streich: “Congratulations to VfB for the win. Our team started really well. We controlled the game and then what happened, happened and we lost 3-0. If I look at what has happened to us in the past weeks, I am speechless. I don’t understand what’s being done to us. I’m stunned.”


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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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