Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 12: 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 Borussia Dortmund

Hannes Wolf: “With the early goal, we started the game well, but after that we didn’t play so well against a good Dortmund side. Shortly before the break, things escalated with the goal we conceded and then the injuries to Daniel Ginczek and Chadrac Akolo.

“In the second-half the team showed a fantastic reaction. We played well going forward and created some good situations. We maybe could have even gotten a third goal. I must pay a massive compliment to the team for the performance, which has made me very happy.”

Peter Bosz: “The defeat really hurts. We came here to win, so we’re very disappointed. When you see the goals we conceded, it borders on the ridiculous. It hurts because we actually put in a relatively good performance in the first half. The team performed well after conceding the early goal, only the final ball was lacking. The second half wasn’t as good. We need to keep going, we won’t give up.”

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Bayern Munich 3-0 Augsburg

Jupp Heynckes: “It was an important victory. Augsburg have had a good Bundesliga campaign so far. They’re well-organised and have a clear plan. We had a very good attitude from the off, we were very focused and patient today. It was very difficult at the beginning because our opponents were very robust.

“But we constantly improved and turned in an outstanding display after 20, 25 minutes. We let the ball do the work after the break, we controlled the match with our positional play. That was very good.”

Manuel Baum: “We started the game well and didn’t allow much, so it’s obviously very frustrating to concede two goals as the result of giving the ball away cheaply. We obviously expected more from ourselves going forward.

“We pushed as much as we could in the second half, but it’s really hard to get anything from the game when you go down by three. At the end of the day Bayern deserved to win.”

Hoffenheim 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt

Julian Nagelsmann: “We’ve conceded late goals in the past, but today we scored in extra-time. It was deserved. Frankfurt’s goal took the wind out of our sails after we had started well. We lost patience a little and didn’t use the space as well.

“We weren’t good enough in the final third in the second half, although it was clear we really wanted to score. I can live with the point today. Frankfurt defended well and with lots of players back.”

Niko Kovac: “In terms of chances created, we should definitely have won, but we can be happy to have 19 points on the board. It should never have been a free-kick [before the Hoffenheim goal], but we should’ve defended it much better.

“It’s a shame when you concede so late in the game. Luck’s been on our side a lot already this season, but unfortunately we were on the receiving end today. Still, we picked up another point away from home, which is good. Boateng’s goal was great, Prince has got a very powerful shot. We had other chances too, so we should’ve killed the game off earlier.

“Now we need to draw a line under the game and forget about it because we’ve got another important match coming up against Leverkusen.”

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Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 RB Leipzig

Heiko Herrlich: “Overall I saw a very good performance from my team even if we did need 20 minutes to get into the game. If you look at the big chances, then a win for us would have been deserved. But overall it was a great performance and a great mentality from my team.”

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “The spectators have seen a great game from two teams that wanted the win. Before the game, I would have taken a point, after the game though it hurts a bit. After the sending off and taking the lead, there was more in the game for us.”

Mainz 1-0 Köln

Sandro Schwarz: “I think we play really well and two great chances. We got into nice positions on the pitch, but we lost our way around 20 or 25 minutes in when Köln got into the game well and we were lucky not to concede on several occasions.

“We took the lead during Köln’s best spell of the match. The game became a real battle at the end after the red card. We had to sidestep a few hairy situations, but we had plenty of decent chances on the counterattack to deal with the threat from Köln. We’re simply over the moon with the result now, but we know we didn’t play perfectly today.”

Peter Stöger: “It’s an extremely bitter loss for us. There was more in this match for us, what with how the game went and an excellent first half. We were very well organised and had some solid moves on the pitch, but the knockout blow was missing today, unfortunately.

“We needed more conviction. The second half was completely different to the first. We played a higher-risk game after the red card and we had chances to take away at least a point today.”

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VfL Wolfsburg 3-1 Freiburg

Martin Schmidt: “It was a game at eye-level, although we didn’t all want to believe that beforehand. The 2-0 gave us a certain amount of stability, but it was clear to see that our structure is not yet 100% solid. In the second-half we started quite well, but after we conceded, things could have become difficult.

“We relied on our attack then, which was our crowning glory today: Yunus with his two goals, Dida with two assists and Yannick, who scored one and created one. We won it up front today and shut up shop at the back. The three points were highly deserved. That was the case in the last game too, when we really deserved more.

“The three points are of course extremely important for our development. We must continue to work hard, train efficiently and give our all on the pitch – then we won’t be left waiting another six months for our next win. That must be our goal.”

Christian Streich: “After three minutes it was 1-0 – we defended poorly there. We then looked to play attacking football, but the final pass ultimately let us down. We pressed against Wolfsburg and even after the 2-0 we continued to try everything we could. We then made it 2-1 but immediately conceded a third goal on the break.

“We just weren’t capable of defending better in that situation. Even after that we pushed and had chances on goal, which we couldn’t make count. That’s how we lost the game.”

Hertha Berlin 2-4 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Pal Dardai: “I’m not going to blame my team. We didn’t defend the first goal well and then the penalty went against us and the wonder strike put us three behind. After the first twenty minutes we played well. I am proud because the team showed character.

“We gave everything to turn the game around but they were very quick and effective. We have lost our home strength a bit, so collecting points in Köln will be essential.”

Dieter Hecking: “We’ve won 4-2 away from home and a lot of things went well in the match. We were a bit passive between our third goal and their first and we allowed them to play too many balls into our box and set pieces, which posed a lot of danger, so it wasn’t a surprise to concede. We didn’t manage to score a fourth when we were dominating early in the second half.

“The game became tense after Hertha made it 3-2, but thank God we then used our creativity to score a fourth. It’s great to be in third place for the moment, but we shouldn’t think about it too much.”

Schalke 2-0 Hamburg

Domenico Tedesco: “We’re very happy about the win and could have gone in front very early on. Weston McKennie had a good chance four minutes in. Yevhen Konoplyanka got into many good positions to score. There were a few counters that we didn’t make the most of. We need to work on that.

“Our priority against HSV, more than anything, was to stop our opponents from becoming dangerous. We knew that Hamburg like to attack down the wings. We defended well against that. We were compact and gave them very little other than Aaron Hunt’s effort off the post.

“The table isn’t important after twelve matchdays, but rather 34. It’s incredible to be tight up there right now. We’re motivated by our next games, not the current table. We are keeping our thoughts focused on the job at hand. From now on our focus is fully on the derby!”

Markus Gisdol: “I am very disappointed with the result. I saw two teams who were of similar strength, were very disciplined and didn’t concede much with the difference that Schalke put the ball in the net and we didn’t.”

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Werder Bremen 4-0 Hannover

Florian Kohfeldt: “In the end it was really good. But it was a varied derby that could have gone differently. Max is a really important player for us, who can determine the game. I’m naturally happy that he scored three goals. Today it all worked well, but we still have a long road ahead of us.”

Andre Breitenreiter: “The game was finely balanced in terms of chances. If we had equalised at 1-0, the game may have turned out differently. Max Kruse made the difference today.”

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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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