Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 21: 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.

Köln 2-3 Borussia Dortmund

Stefan Ruthenbeck: “We conceded the goals too easily. If you come back twice against Dortmund, you really can’t give it away. Perhaps after the 2-2 we were a little too euphoric. But we take away that we matched Dortmund.”

Peter Stöger: “That was an incredibly important win. We didn’t start the second half of the season optimally, either in terms of points or football, so a negative outcome tonight would have definitely set tongues wagging. Fortunately that wasn’t the case and now we’re in the hunt for the European places.

“We held firm, it wasn’t a game for the faint of heart. The victory is good for us and obviously it’s a dream debut for Michy, especially after the weeks of discussions.”

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Mainz 0-2 Bayern Munich

Sandro Schwarz: “18 shots on goal is a clear improvement from last week in Leverkusen. We were bold in the first half but we still could have forged more scoring opportunities. Bayern obviously had more ball but we had the better chances. What hurt more was going behind after the set piece, that should not have happened.

“And we just made a mistake for their second goal and we were disorganized. We were better after the break and we showed fight and passion, but we just couldn’t get that goal to get one back. We started to believe we could turn the game. We will keep the positive performance at the front of our minds, but against a team like this, you have to do everything perfectly.

“Bottom line we are happy with the performance but we are immensely frustrated to have not taken anything from the game.”

Jupp Heynckes: “My team played really well before the break and got off to a good restart. We failed to take our chances and extend our lead then. You have to admit that Mainz also had good chances in the second half.

“You have to take into account that teams surpass themselves when they’re in the relegation battle. You’ve seen it in the case of Werder and also today regarding Mainz. We had five or six gilt-edged chances after the break. If we had taken them we could have easily run down the clock. Our opponents had hope and chances again and again.

“We were too sloppy and not as strong as in the first half when it came to transitions from attack to defence. Taken altogether the victory was deserved but compliments to Mainz for their display.”

Hertha Berlin 1-1 Hoffenheim

Pal Dardai: “According to my old school, the goal was offside. After that there were six or seven minutes of chaos. It could even have been 2-0. We changed things at half-time. From my point of view it was a deserved point, both teams should be happy. We can live with that, but I have to say that at some point we have to win.”

Julian Nagelsmann: “I’m pleased the team’s performance. I think we deserved to win today; the game could well have ended 1-0. Thomas Kraft made an excellent save at the end. The lads really wanted to win today and fought hard right until the 93rd minute. It wasn’t the best spell of the game for us and so we have to live with the point.

“I can’t say if Nico was offside for the penalty. I never was the best student of the laws of the game (laughs). Anyway, the referee told us that there was nothing wrong with the penalty, because it had changed to a new phase of play. We played with confidence, found solutions and pushed forwards. If we continue like that, we will win games.”

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Schalke 1-2 Werder Bremen

Domenico Tedesco: “We did not play well in the first half. I think we approach games very differently away from home at the moment. We’re bolder away from home, win the ball back more and attack in numbers. At home, we’re more lethargic and today we didn’t exploit the man-marking in the midfield. We were lucky to be 1-0 up at the break, I must say.

“The second half was a different story. Up until the 75th minute we played really well; we defended from the front and created a lot of chances. We should have rewarded ourselves and scored the second goal during this spell – that would have secured the win. After that, everything fell apart: We changed our formation after going down to ten men and couldn’t push forward any more.

“At this stage, you sometimes have to settle for a draw. It’s understandable to still want to win, of course, but our free kick should not have been played like that, and that led to their goal. We were naive at times and we have to improve – starting on Wednesday.”

Florian Kohfeldt: “We are happy to be going home with the three points, not least because of the timing. The first half was an interesting 45 minutes, but I can understand why the fans might not have seen it that way. I was pleased to see us in control of the game at times.

“In the second half we wanted to press Schalke higher up the pitch, but that didn’t work well: Schalke really showed their quality then and we were lucky not to go 2 or 3-0 down. That would have killed the game. It was so important for us to turn things around at the end.”

Freiburg 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen

Christian Streich: “It was a very intense game. I am very happy. Leverkusen could have taken the lead, but so could we. In the end a 0-0 draw was justified.”

Heiko Herrlich: “We are very happy to have taken a point. In the past teams have found it hard here and that will be the case in the future.”

VfL Wolfsburg 1-1 VfB Stuttgart

Martin Schmidt: “My analysis of the game is a split one. In the first-half, we saw a lot of what we had worked on during the past week. We took the lead, but the blemish on that first period is that we didn’t make use of our chances to make it 2-0. After the break, our opponents reacted well and put the pressure on.

“We struggled getting forward and had problems finding the next line of players. During that phase, there were a lot of half-way threatening set-pieces and one of them ended up in the net – which was a bit unfortunate in how it came about. However, we then showed a reaction and had chances through Dida, Yunus and Josh.

“On the whole, I am satisfied with the overall team performance. We showed what we wanted to show on the attack, with the exception of the 25-minute phase, when Stuttgart really did the job well. The Bundesliga is not a request show. In my opinion, four points from two games is OK. Now we need to pick ourselves up, analyse things and look forward to a cup-fight away to Schalke.”

Tayfun Korkut: “Considering the situation the team find themselves in at the moment, we can consider ourselves satisfied with the performance and the point. We would like to have taken all three points and the chances to do so were there – but the Bundesliga is not a request show!

“We all know we have a tough road ahead of us. We were up against an opponent with a lot of individual quality and are happy to take the point. We now have a couple of days to work with the team in preparing for the next home game.”

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Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-1 RB Leipzig

Dieter Hecking: “I think that both sides can play better than we saw today. The game seemed destined to end in a draw. If you want to win a match like that, you need to make sure you keep a clean sheet and take your chance at the other end when it comes. When you find yourself one-on-one with the keeper three or four times, at some point you have to be scoring.

“Tobias Sippel was brilliant in goal again and really saved our bacon a couple of times, but that doesn’t do us any good when we don’t score. The team worked hard and we only gave them two or three chances, but all in all, it wasn’t good enough. We will analyse the game tomorrow.”

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “I’m very happy with how my team played today against a direct rival. It was a tough game, just as we expected. Our main priority was finally keeping a clean sheet on the road again, and we managed it. We earned our luck today.

“We stayed compact at the back and didn’t give them much at all. We were more adventurous in the second half and created more in and around the box. For a new signing to come on and fire you to three points at the death – that’s football for you!”

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Augsburg 3-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

Manuel Baum: “It was a really good performance from us – we never let up. Unfortunately, we let a few big chances slip, although we still deserved to win. I’m especially happy that in Marco Richter we have another homegrown talent who has celebrated his home debut.”

Niko Kovac: “Credit to FC Augsburg. We didn’t imagine things would turn out like that. They were extremely good in the first half and did the basics well. It’s one of the first times that I can say we were clearly the inferior side. FCA fully deserved to win. We have to move on from this quickly, because we now have a very important game in three days.”

Hamburg 1-1 Hannover

Bernd Hollerbach: “That wasn’t an easy game. We clearly controlled the match and then went 1-0 down. We could have had one or two penalties. The team however showed great character.”

Andre Breitenreiter: “First of all, we are happy with the point. But we should have scored a second before Hamburg equalised.”

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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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