Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 23: 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. (For obvious reasons, we’re not bringing you Eintracht vs RB Leipzig ones.)

Hertha Berlin 0-2 Mainz

Pal Dardai: “That was the worst home performance since I became manager. We were prepared but Mainz deserved the win. We’ve just got to accept this one. We’ll discuss tonight’s game further tomorrow with team. For now I have nothing more to say.”

Sandro Schwarz: “We were very structured today and only allowed them one goalscoring chance. In the end our win was really deserved. That is now the base on which we need to build.”

Schalke 2-1 Hoffenheim

Domenico Tedesco: “Today we saw two completely different halves of football. In the first half, we dominated physically and played the ball well between our two strikers and attacking midfielder. We put our opponents under so much pressure and they had problems dealing with it. We deserved to be leading 2-0 at half time.

“Hoffenheim switched to a 3-4-3 after the break. So we changed to a 3-4-3 too. At the end they then went into a 4-3-3. We reacted by going into a 5-2-1-2, like we did in Munich, so we could defend with a high line. We didn’t do that very well at the end. We were under pressure on the ball and that’s why we conceded.

“We played well overall, but we have much to improve upon. We now need to recharge the batteries quickly, as we’ve got Bayer Leverkusen next week and they’re one of the best teams in the league. It’ll be a tough task.”

Julian Nagelsmann: “I’d like to congratulate Domenico Tedesco and Schalke, we lost the game in the first 32 minutes today. We were half asleep, weren’t hungry enough, didn’t make the opposition work for it and defended poorly. We also committed too many fouls in the opening half hour, knowing that set pieces are one of Schalke’s strengths.

“We saw how good they are from dead ball situations for the first goal, then we practically gifted them their second. We were too defensively orientated there, even though we do like to play out from the back. When you do that, mistakes can happen, and it’s no use us talking about how this was an avoidable goal now.

“In the second half, we were better in my opinion, but couldn’t reward ourselves in the end. It’s not easy being 2-0 down against a team that defends as well as Schalke. We could have scored another in the last half an hour and if we’d played an extra half an hour, we might have found that equaliser, but obviously we didn’t get that time.”

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Köln 1-1 Hannover

Stefan Ruthenbeck: “The game was very irregular. The decision at the end was bitter, but certainly correct. I just ask myself why we aren’t given those goals, but our opponents are. I will not give up and neither will the lads. The way we played is not the way that a team giving up plays.”

Andre Breitenreiter: “We can live with the point. In the first half we had the game in control and had lots of chances. After the break it was hectic, but in the end the result is fair.”

Hamburg 0-2 Bayer Leverkusen

Bernd Hollerbach: “I have to say I was far from satisfied with how we played for the first 60 minutes. I’ll talk about that with the boys tomorrow. We did not do what we had planned to at all out there. We were shy and didn’t believe in ourselves at all and we were wasteful in the final third. We just weren’t dedicated enough.

“It was clear that our situation has spurred some of these players on and just passed them by. That led to us conceding a very bad time and being behind at the break. Then all of a sudden at 2-0 we started looking more confident. We fought back after that and towards the end of the game we could have nicked a point. Overall though you have to say Leverkusen deserved their win.”

Heiko Herrlich: “We are very happy to travel home with the three points. It’s been a while since we won in the Volksparkstadion and I think we thoroughly deserved the victory. We dominated for long spells in the first half and didn’t leave anything to chance. Then we got the second goal early after half time, though we could have made more of our counter attack chances.

“We knew Hamburg would take risks and we were lucky at times. But as a team you still have to go and get the win sometimes. Particularly after last week against Hertha we’re happy to have got the win. I wish Bernd and HSV all the best for the rest of the season.”

VfL Wolfsburg 1-2 Bayern Munich

Martin Schmidt: “We had high hopes today and defended well over long periods. In the first-half we allowed almost nothing through – which is a positive fact! We lost the game in the offensive today, because we never really caused a threat and gave away the ball far too easily. That’s a real shame, because we had a set plan for where the ball should go.

“In the second-half, we switched the play well on two or three occasions, but the final pass continually let us down and we failed to breach their defensive line. Ultimately, we could not withstand the pressure and our energy levels began to drain. That’s how the game eventually got away from us – it was too little to earn a win.

Jupp Heynckes: “After the early opener VfL set up their game with a compact defence. We struggled in the first half because we failed to set up sustained passing combinations in our build-up play. We dominated possession but failed to play vertically. I knew we wouldn’t score this way. We played more fluently and with more pace in the second half.

“We changed our play when Thomas Müller came on because he’s very agile, exploits the space and also opens up space for his team-mates. Then we scored the equaliser, which was crucial. You can call us lucky for turning the tide in the closing stages. It’s very bitter for VfL because they fought outstandingly.”

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Freiburg 1-0 Werder Bremen

Christian Streich: “We worked really well against the ball- that was noticeable. And we played very wisely against Max Kruse.”

Florian Kohfeldt: “It was a tough game. We lost today but we didn’t play like ourselves. The team gave it their all but we lacked that final pass. We didn’t manage to show our quality against a clever, compact opponent. Losing is a part of the game but the way we lost today bothers me.

“Of course there are a couple of situations that we can be critical about but that shouldn’t be the thing to take away. At the end of the day we just didn’t play well enough. We will look back at today’s game and give it our all right from the off next weekend.”

Augsburg 0-1 VfB Stuttgart

Manuel Baum: “Stuttgart had more determination, and were always a step ahead of us in the fight to get to the ball. We made too many errors in our build-up play and didn’t really come close to creating anything dangerous. We have to take a long look in the mirror, as only have ourselves to blame.”

Tayfun Korkut: “A massive compliment to the team. We put in a very, very good away performance. We were extremely stable from the very first minute. We knew we would be facing a very determined opponent who would come at us with real power. Our lads implemented the plan extremely well and the players who came on as substitutes were immediately involved. They all pulled together!

“There is great spirit within the team. We have no time to relax though. We need to maintain the momentum and take points again from the next games. There are some rocks along the way, which we will have to redress. We are completely focused on that now.”

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Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

Dieter Hecking: It was a great performance and the much better team lost today. It isn’t easy to play against Dortmund the way we did. We created a number of chances, but sadly we just aren’t scoring right now. Everything we asked of the team was on show today, but at the moment we’re in a phase where luck just isn’t on our side. We need to earn it back. It’s important that the players keep their heads up.

Peter Stöger: “It’s an important win for us, one that we had to work hard for. We were happy with our first-half performance, but we weren’t really in the game after the break; we weren’t winning the second balls and weren’t physical enough. At the end of the day, we take home the three points thanks to a wonderful goal and an incredible goalkeeping display.”

Eintracht Frankfurt v RB Leipzig (Monday)

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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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