Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 20: 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.

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Niko Kovac: “We have a set of players who fight for everything. We know that we might not be in this position [second place] for very long, but it’s nice and we want to enjoy it.

“My players showed great character in the second half, which is why I’m sitting here now talking about our fantastic team spirit. We’ll enjoy this evening, but that’s it. It’s clear that we’re making progress, but we obviously want to continue to improve.”

Dieter Hecking: “Today was a top match between two sides who wanted to play high-intensity football. Frankfurt had a very good chance early on, but then the game was mostly played in the middle of the park after that. Unfortunately, we made a mistake on the right just before the break that handed them the lead.

“We were the side playing football in the second half, the side that looked to go forward and create chances. Frankfurt played like they have in other games of late, sitting back and waiting for their opportunity to counter. We had a big chance to equalise from the spot of course, but we end up losing 2-0. We’re obviously disappointed. I think we deserved a point.”

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Bayern Munich 5-2 Hoffenheim

Jupp Heynckes: “That was a fantastic game from both teams. We were two goals down after 12 minutes against a well-organised and structured team. Hoffenheim used the space afforded to them very well and were strong on the break. It was important to go into the break at 2-2. The team trained incredibly hard this week, which gave me a good feeling. I warned the players of what Hoffenheim could do.

“They are a very good team that suffered a big defeat last week too. It was remarkable how supporters supported us after going behind early. We played fantastically down the left and in central defence. I like to keep clean sheets, but against a strong opponent I will happily take today’s result.”

Julian Nagelsmann: “We mostly played well in the first half. The early goal was obviously great and then we doubled the lead in a period where Bayern were threatening. We then had a great opportunity that really should have given us a third. But we played a bad pass.

“After that, they upped their pressure and we defended poorly from set pieces. And so we go into the break at 2-2. Straight after the break we had a two-on-one against Boateng, but we couldn’t get the shot off. Instead Bayern went up the other end and scored themselves.

“Then we needed to open up a bit more. In the end, Bayern deserved their win. Their defence was very strong, so we weren’t able to create many chances.”

Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Freiburg

Peter Stöger: “We made a really good start, but after the equaliser we lost our way and the certainty went out of our game. Freiburg then grew stronger, which for us meant more work, willingness to run and consistency – as well as making effort to get into dangerous areas.

“For long spells, I did not see that in our game. Ultimately, we will have to be satisfied with the point, because the game did not yield anything more for 70 minutes. Based on this line of thinking, we’re happy to take the point.”

Christian Streich: “I am completely happy. We did well, but not in the first 15 minutes. Luckily we quickly got the equaliser. Nils Petersen is always trying those sort of shots in training.”

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RB Leipzig 1-1 Hamburg

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “We’re obviously disappointed not to have won today. We implemented our game plan superbly early on, but we failed to get a second goal and allowed our opponents to get back into the match. We lost our rhythm after that.

“We tried to increase the tempo significantly in the second half, but that wasn’t easy against a team that sits so deep. The boys showed character and fought hard, but we weren’t incisive enough and our decision-making wasn’t good enough to create the number of chances we needed. All in all, we were short of the mark today.”

Bernd Hollerbach: “The boys hung in there and fought well. They showed character after conceding. That was really crucial. It’s great that we put in a good performance today and showed character but we need to continue that against Hannover.

“We’ve still got a lot of work to do. We decided yesterday that Mathenia had trained slightly better this week so he got the nod.”

Köln 1-1 Augsburg

Stefan Ruthenbeck: “The team gave their all today and had great support from the fans. Augsburg defended well, but we still had a few chances. Everything seemed to be going well as the second half got underway, but then Augsburg stepped things up a gear and we were lucky a few times to not concede.

“The equaliser was deserved, but we didn’t let our heads drop and tried to find a winner. I thought we came closer than they did, but the point is a point won for us, not a point lost.”

Manuel Baum: “We had perhaps the hardest opponents of this matchday across the league, because Cologne really do have the wind in their sails at the moment. We did well defensively, but we made too many simple errors in attack today.

“We created a few good chances after the break, did everything we could, and were rewarded with a point. We have a lot to work on, however. You have to give credit to Cologne too, because they played extremely well.”

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VfB Stuttgart 0-2 Schalke

Hannes Wolf: “We knew Schalke would go into the game with a great deal of intensity. That considered, we wanted to operate aggressively getting forward from our five-man back-line. That didn’t work for us and having won possession, we then gave the ball away far too easily. After conceding the two goals, the game then became very difficult for us.

“We tried everything possible and changed to a more offensive approach in the second-half. We had a couple of scenes in which we could have come back from a disappointing first-half. Schalke had chances to score a third too though.

“We would have liked to provide a better game for the people who support us and maybe even reward them with a win. We couldn’t do that today, which is why we are so disappointed.”

Domenico Tedesco: “We started very well. We wanted to move the ball and opponents through the middle and succeeding in doing so. It’s great to have got ourselves into a 2-0 lead quickly as it gave us a cushion. In the second half, we didn’t make the most of the situations we found ourselves in on the break.

“We worked on that all week on training as we couldn’t get the second against Hannover. It’s frustrating as we didn’t make the most of numerous scenarios to score a third. Our substitutes did very well and I’m full of praise for them. They defended very well when Stuttgart started to open up the game which isn’t easy to do.

“We decided to remain more compact rather than pressing in this game and it worked for us. I still think it’s important to focus on how well we did against a strong side who threw everything at us.

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Werder Bremen 0-0 Hertha Berlin

Florian Kohfeldt: “We should have won this game as we were clearly the dominant team. Today we were not rewarded. It is a dangerous situation, we have to score goals and we have to pick up points.”

Pál Dárdai: “We gifted them the first half. The team fought and we’re happy with the point. We had planned something else. The first half was not what we wanted.”

Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 Mainz

Heiko Herrlich: “I think we deserved the win today. Mainz defended well before the break and we only had two proper chances in the final third. Despite that, we protected ourselves well against the counter attack which was helpful because the two or three times that we lost the ball did not turn into dangerous opportunities for Mainz.

“We did better in the second half. Shots from distance and switching the play were key, just as it was for Bailey’s goal. After the second goal, we should’ve countered better to seal the game. Despite that we are really happy because we knew from the game in September how hard it would be to play against Mainz.”

Sandro Schwarz: “Congratulations to Leverkusen. They deserved the win if you look at the game as a whole. We were good defensively in the first half, we wanted to be compact and close down the gaps in our own half. We won the ball back well but there were three or four times when we went forward with it and didn’t get a good shot away. That would’ve been helpful to create gaps in the defence.

“Leverkusen didn’t have many clear chances before the break but at half-time we had the feeling that if we had had a bit more precision going forward we could’ve made more of our chances. We wanted to do that in the second half but we went behind early on and so that disrupted the game plan.

“We didn’t get back into the game properly after that and our passes weren’t accurate enough in the final third. The second goal killed off the game. We needed to make more of the space we had in the first half.”

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Hannover 0-1 VfL Wolfsburg

Andre Breitenreiter: “That was very unlucky and very unnecessary today. We would have definitely deserved a point. The game has to sharpen our senses, but we have these days.”

Martin Schmidt: “There is a very happy trainer sitting here. It wasn’t a pretty win, but the mentality was good and we had a little luck with the goal. It’s done nothing for the table and the fight goes on.”

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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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