Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 17: 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.

Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1 Hamburg

Dieter Hecking: “When you consider how young our team was today, particularly in midfield, then you really have to give them credit. It wasn’t all plain sailing though, but that’s normal. The Freiburg game wasn’t good, but I know what my team are capable of. We wanted to put that match behind us as quickly as possible.

“I think Hamburg only had one chance in the first half, whereas we scored a goal, hit the woodwork twice and should have had a penalty, so we can be happy with that. It was frustrating to see us sit so deep at the start of the second half and allow Hamburg back into the game. They got the equaliser, but we turned things around in the end. We still have plenty to work on though.”

Markus Gisdol: “I think Gladbach were the much better side in the opening ten minutes and really had us at sixes and sevens. We felt our way into the match though and really took it by the scruff of the neck at the start of the second half. We should have turned the game in our favour after getting the equaliser though.

“Instead, we made mistakes that you can’t afford against Gladbach, and they were punished. The match sums up our first half of the season pretty well; we’ve often been as good as if not better than our opponents, but we end up empty-handed.”

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Köln 1-0 VfL Wolfsburg

Stefan Ruthenbeck: “The game was ultimately decided by the quality of the challenges, which were mainly conducted in the midfield and in the wide positions. We played a good pressing game and we closed down the spaces well. We knew our opponents would be looking for room to operate in and that it would be difficult to defend if we allowed them to do that.

“We managed that over almost the entire ninety minutes and also continually pressed forward on the break. We deservedly took the lead, as we also had some good chances before scoring. It’s our first win of the entire season, so we have no reason to become too euphoric. The team rewarded themselves for their efforts, not more and no less than that!”

Martin Schmidt: “We came to Cologne with a clear goal – to win the game! We wanted to dominate with possession, get in behind the opposition back four and we also had a plan as to how we would do that. Unfortunately our passing was too imprecise early on and the pace of our passing wasn’t what we are used to.

“At that stage, things did not go as we had intended them too and we thus invited Köln to hit on the break. That cost us some self-belief and gave our opponents a boost. At the break, we reminded the team what we wanted to do and achieve. We only really showed a reaction following the goal and then we proved we can play good football on the attack. That came all too late though and we didn’t really deserve to take a point away from here tonight.”

Werder Bremen 2-2 Mainz

Florian Kohfeldt: “We didn’t put enough pressure on them in the second half, we didn’t defend high enough and we allowed them to have too much possession. Even though you could say we were much better in the first half, I thought that we were in control for the majority of the game. We let Mainz have too many chances in the first half. Despite that, the boys gave it their all and it was a strong performance.

“We are looking forward. We aren’t in the automatic relegation places anymore but it’s still dangerous where we are. We can’t forget that we have picked up a few points in the last few weeks and we didn’t lose today. It is a partial victory and we can build on where we are in the second half of the season.”

Sandro Schwarz: “We weren’t awake in the opening stages. The performance in the first half was poor and we deserved the early deficit. We were unlucky that Levin Öztunali’s shot hit the crossbar and didn’t go in. We couldn’t get a foothold in the game after we went down by two. Your mentality plays a big role in a game like this.

“We had a chance to come back through Pablo and we woke ourselves up and made changes at half time. We wanted to have more presence on the pitch through bringing Emil on, we had more possession and we could’ve shortened their lead even earlier than we did.

“However, our finishing wasn’t great today and we were lucky that Alex Maxim was able to make a goal-line clearance, but we showed great mental strength and made a huge improvement after the break and our confidence went through the roof compared to the first half.”

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Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 Schalke

Niko Kovac: “I’d like to congratulate Domenico for what he’s achieved at Schalke so far. It was our aim to score in the first 15 minutes but after that we didn’t get a sniff until the second half. We were up against a very, very strong side. To concede so late is annoying but overall we can be pleased with the point.

“Our target was six points from the last four games and we’ve got seven. Of course it hurts to have victory taken from you so late on, but ultimately the draw was a fair result. That little bit of luck wasn’t on our side today. I’m proud of the lads, though.

“None of the pundits would’ve expected us to have 26 points at this stage. Eighth is where we deserve to be.”

Domenico Tedesco: “We were down 1-0 very early. It’s never easy to keep your composure in those sorts of scenarios but we kept our head up and dominated the first half without creating enough goalscoring opportunities. Harit and Schöpf had chances but that was it.

“In the second half, Frankfurt were very sly and caught us cleverly on the break. After going down 2-0, we adopted a more direct approach and it paid off. From a personal perspective, I’d like to apologise for my actions towards the end of the game. It was a very emotional game and I can learn from my mistakes.”

Augsburg 3-3 Freiburg

Manuel Baum: “After starting fast when we should have been up by two, nothing really went our way after we conceded the first goal. Freiburg were very good today and made us take the game to them. However, with a bit of luck, belief and spirit, we managed to turn things around.

“At the end of the day, we’re proud of what we have managed to achieve in the first half of the season.”

Christian Streich: “FCA started very well and pressed us to the point where we couldn’t find any space in the midfield. We were lucky to not go down by two. But then my boys gave everything and managed to take the game by the scruff of the neck.

“Augsburg will always be threatening going forward, but the draw is still a bitter pill to swallow. I have no desire to criticize my team though, because they gave their all. Augsburg are a very strong side.”

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VfB Stuttgart 0-1 Bayern Munich

Hannes Wolf: “What went on here today clearly mirrored the past few weeks for us. We were so close – but have nothing to show for that! Chadrac Akolo took on the responsibility of the penalty – so I’ll not be making any accusations against him. We played with some good aggression, without ever being unfair.

“We didn’t get every situation defended, as that’s just not possible for us, but we did defend a lot. After we conceded, we then risked everything. The penalty was our reward for that effort, but we failed to make it count.

“We now go into the latter half of the season in a difficult, but not unsolvable situation. We will rise to that!”

Jupp Heynckes: “The match had everything: it was highly interesting, intense and dramatic. It is unbelievable VfB don’t have more points. Our players must recover and clear their heads, then I’m confident we can step up our game against Borussia Dortmund.”

Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Hoffenheim

Peter Stöger: “We absolutely had to win this match. We made a bright start and had a few chances at the beginning, but then Hoffenheim adapted to us better. We weren’t able to consistently disrupt them, our pass completion rate fell slightly and the whole game became a bit more sluggish. During that spell, we were lucky not to fall 2-0 behind. We gave it everything towards the end.

“That’s exactly what we expect from the team. The ball in behind the defence from Kagawa for the winner took them by surprise, Pulisic did well to get in there and scored a super goal. In the last two matches we have demonstrated our will to win and our attitude.

“Let’s see what we can do in Munich. It’s always exciting and it certainly won’t be pleasant there, but we’re definitely in with a chance.”

Julian Nagelsmann: “Congratulations to BVB. We played very well in phases away from home and could have scored the opener even earlier. We allowed them very few counterattacks in the first half, but we were too passive defensively in the second half and didn’t play as well, which is why Dortmund upped their game.

“However, we had the bigger chances and should have made it 2-0. Oliver Baumann didn’t have to make any saves, but we still lost. He was powerless to save both goals. It’s just frustrating to see Dortmund celebrating in front of the stands, because I think we deserved to win today. It’s like our previous games in Dortmund – we definitely weren’t the worse team, but we go home without any points.”

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Hannover 4-4 Bayer Leverkusen

Andre Breitenreiter: “My voice has been affected. Leverkusen really made it difficult for us, but with our morale and our footballing ability, we stood up to them.”

Heiko Herrlich: “The spectators really got their monies worth today, but for the trainers a 4-4 draw was a suffering. Both teams played open football and both tried to win. At the end a 4-4 result was in order.”

RB Leipzig 2-3 Hertha Berlin

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “Today we got into the game far too late and were not in a position to use the numerical advantage. Berlin simply played better. We have the Winterpause and need it. We will use the coming weeks to regenerate, to reflect and to start better in the Rückrunde.”

Pal Dardai: “A big compliment to my team. The boys defended well with a man less and showed great character. Leipzig has the quality and the individual players to change things in a few minutes. But my team showed tactical discipline and defended well. This win was very important for us.”

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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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