Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 25: 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 2-2 Werder Bremen

Dieter Hecking: “We started very well and played some great football at times in the first half; we linked up well and had some good efforts on goal. We also put Bremen under pressure, forcing them into long balls. We were looking to get a third goal early in the second half and were unlucky with the Hofmann penalty situation – it’s one that could go your way.

“However, we then conceded a goal that we should be defending much better. The same applies to the equaliser, where our left-hand side was briefly exposed. We put in a lot of effort today and had chances to score a third, but unfortunately we failed to take them. When you lose important central midfielders like Kramer and Zakaria, it’s a real blow and the team’s structure suffered as a result.”

Florian Kohfeldt: “I think we witnessed a very entertaining game tonight, in very difficult conditions. We struggled to deal with Gladbach’s link-up play in the first half and conceded two goals that ultimately were avoidable – we didn’t cover ourselves in glory.

“We tried to push higher up the pitch in the second half and switched to a diamond. The boys executed it perfectly, and all in all, it’s a deserved point for us.”

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Hamburg 0-0 Mainz

Bernd Hollerbach: “We gave our all today. Everyone was well aware of how important the match was for us and we had enough chances to win the game. It would have been a real relief for the fans in the stadium – you could see it when the annulled goal went in.

“I’m incredibly sorry to the team and the fans that we weren’t rewarded for our efforts. It’s disappointing, but I tried to uplift the team’s morale in the changing room after the game.”

Sandro Schwarz: “I think we were fortunate to get a point. We didn’t play overwhelming or incredible football, but we fought hard over the entire 90 minutes. We defended really well for the final half an hour when we were a man down. At the end of the day, it’s a point for the team morale. We made a lot of small errors in the first half, but the match calmed down after the break.

“Then came the penalty and the dismissal. What Flo Müller managed here on his debut was amazing! This point away from home is enormous for the coming weeks, even if we were lucky to get it.”

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 Hannover

Niko Kovac: “I told the team what we’d done wrong after the Stuttgart game and the boys showed a reaction here and had a good mentality. We knew set-pieces would play an important role in this match. In the end it was a hard-fought win in a game played at a reasonable level.

“We worked hard to get the result. Danny da Costa’s developing really well. He always gets forward at set-pieces and today Johnny de Guzman’s deliveries from dead balls were really good.”

Andre Breitenreiter: “It was the intense game that we expected. Both teams play a similar type of football, which was particularly evident in the first half. Up until the undeserved corner, which led to the goal, there weren’t any goal scoring chances. Due to the chances created in the second half, the win was deserved for Frankfurt.”

Schalke 1-0 Hertha Berlin

Domenico Tedesco: “It was extremely important that we played cleverly. We did that before the break. We gave the team all the statistics – whenever Hertha have less possession, they never lose. We knew that they were a very tricky team when it comes to defending and transitional play.

“The first half was good, but the second was bad. We know that and we need to learn from it. In the second half, lots of factors came together. The forwards were tired and were therefore unable to defend as much. On top of that, we weren’t winning the second balls often enough. The headers that Naldo won weren’t falling to Schalke players, instead Hertha were winning those ball. If you don’t win the second ball, you don’t have much possession.

“We need to go over that all again. In the end, we’re happy with the win, but Hertha could definitely have taken something from the game.”

Pal Dardai: “We’re heading back to Berlin feeling sad. Both teams had their chances. In the first half we held them off well. Both Schalke and we had huge chances. After the break we were actually the more dominant team. Despite that we lost 1-0. We deserved more.

“All in all, it was good away performance from us, so I can’t blame my team for anything. The lads continued to attack, even after going behind. Unfortunately we couldn’t score and we need to learn from that.”

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VfL Wolfsburg 1-2 Bayer Leverkusen

Bruno Labbadia: “It was a deserved win for Leverkusen, because they were better in two particular aspects. When we were in possession, they put us under pressure as a unit. When they then had the ball, Bayer Leverkusen were very strong and consistently found solutions in the offensive.

“The goals we conceded were very frustrating. The foul which led to the penalty was unnecessary and for the second goal, we made too many consecutive mistakes. Otherwise, we didn’t allow very much through. Even in games when not everything is functioning ideally, you cannot concede such goals.”

Heiko Herrlich: “I am delighted that we won here. We got into the game well right from the outset and pretty much dominated the first-half. We took the lead with a penalty and subsequently continued to control proceedings. After the break, I had expected Wolfsburg to try everything possible. During the phase between the 54th and 60th minutes, we left a number of opportunities untaken and only then managed to do better with the goal from Julian Brandt.

“In the closing phase, we were rattled a bit by the VfL goal, but the lads flipped the switch again and played the game out comfortably. That considered, the win is justified.”

Augsburg 0-2 Hoffenheim

Manuel Baum: “Both teams cancelled each other out in the first half to an extent. It was a shame that we couldn’t get to half time with the score still at 0-0. The first goal came from nothing, as we had more numbers in our box. In general, we just weren’t good enough at keeping the ball.

“We have to learn from this. After we went down by two, things naturally became harder. I never got the feeling that we had enough conviction to pull it back.”

Julian Nagelsmann: “We’re glad that we managed to win today. I think that it was a deserved victory against a team that have played well so far this season and are hard to beat. The fight for the loose ball was very important today and we managed to do that very well. We had a strong presence in midfield.

“There were a few opportunities that we let go begging before half time which we had to score with. Andrej’s goal actually came when we weren’t looking that dangerous. After the break, we focused on the exploiting them on the counter attack and that ultimately led to the second goal.

“We’re happy with the performance and ultimately go back home with all three points.”

RB Leipzig 1-1 Borussia Dortmund

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “All in all, a draw is a fair result. We were not playing against a bad opponent, so a point is a decent result.”

Peter Stöger: “Today I felt the performance of the team was really good. After Augsburg the team had the impression that we hadn’t been quite on our game. But today we were present from the start against a very good opponent that is difficult to defend against, that has incredible quality going forward.

“Today I am very satisfied with what I saw over 90 minutes. For the equalising goal it was an outstanding pass. That’s exactly how we wanted to play the through-balls. Leipzig are a really good team, you could see that today. But if you pick out the right moment, you can hurt them.”

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Köln 2-3 VfB Stuttgart

Stefan Ruthenbeck: “It hurts, but the way we played gives me courage for the next task. We are not giving up. To have such ball possession and combination play at the bottom of the table is not normal. Up until the 40th minute it was a good game from us and we should have made it 2-0.

“The goal we conceded was too easy and then the 3-2 came too late. Had it been ten minutes earlier, we could have taken a point”.

Tayfun Korkut: “The team deserve a lot of credit – but not for the first 30 minutes.  We made life difficult for ourselves during that time. Köln were better than us: they pressed high and made quick transitions. As expected, it was a difficult game.

“We had to make some changes in the first half and then scored two goals just before the break. In the second half the guys fought their way into the game, kept the ball well and looked to get forward.”

Freiburg 0-4 Bayern Munich

Christian Streich: “We played very well until the opener but weren’t precise enough in our vertical play. We made too many technical mistakes. Then a typical Thomas Müller goal, unlucky for us but extremely clever. It’s disappointing because we started well.

“If we had scored the opener the stadium would have been a cauldron- that would have buoyed us. But it isn’t possible if you don’t play exceptionally well.”

Jupp Heynckes: “If you consider how Freiburg usually play at home you know it isn’t just a very good result. We turned in an outstanding display in every respect today.

“We pressed very well when necessary. We also retreated to calm the game. We were well-organised, we played top-class football. I’m very pleased with my team today, it was one of our best matches this season. I liked it very much.”

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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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