Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 27: 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.

Freiburg 1-2 VfB Stuttgart

Christian Streich: The victory for VfB was deserved. We were unsure, and a few players were affected. I was glad when the break came. What we have to do is really borderline.”

Tayfun Korkut: “Congratulations to the team – that was a highly deserved win today. In the first-half, we should really have led more significantly, as we played really well. We then conceded an equaliser from out of nowhere. We had to shake ourselves after that, but we then regained control over the game.

“We need to assure that we transfer our particular strengths onto the pitch and we did that toady. We’ve not got far to go now, but we still need to pick up the points.”

Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-3 Hoffenheim

Dieter Hecking: “We witnessed a great game today, but it was a tough one too. The way we conceded goals wasn’t ideal. Hübner was completely unmarked for the opener, we actually had a numerical advantage at the back for the penalty, and the third one was very unfortunate.

“However, the way the team played was very pleasing. We spoke about injuries a lot in the build-up, which can be troublesome, because then it starts to sound like an excuse if things go wrong. But this group of players showed passion and character to come back three times.

“We had three great footballers in the middle in Stindl, Hofmann and Cuisance, although they’re obviously not as solid defensively, but they worked very well as a team. We will take the point, even though it could have been three.”

Julian Nagelsmann: “At the end of the day you look back and say that was an excellent game full of ups and downs for both sides. For us, as managers, it’s not such a great feeling: We didn’t expect Gladbach to line up as they did – this prevented us from getting a foothold in the game and disrupted our rhythm.

“Nevertheless, we, like Gladbach, had lots of great chances- but on the whole I can live with the point. I don’t think we deserved more than that today. We weren’t necessarily the better team today; the opposition were very good.

“We played very well, we gave everything to score three goals away from home, but the draw is a fair result.”

Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 Mainz

Niko Kovac: “We started the game very well today. The opening goal obviously played into our hands. We did really well to stretch our opponents the way we did in the first half, and we never came under any real threat in our own penalty area.

“We could and maybe should have scored one or two more in the second half, but I’m not blaming Luka [Jovic] for failing to put away his chances – he was a bit unfortunate. Overall I’m very pleased with our performance. I told my players at half-time that we needed to up our game to prevent Mainz from finding a route back into the match.

“Timothy Chandler has been playing very well but I get the feeling he’s a little tired at the moment. Rotation is important – we need to utilise our squad in order to be successful.”

Sandro Schwarz: “When we conceded after six minutes it felt just like the recent cup tie here, and unfortunately, this was obvious. We spoke before the game about Frankfurt’s set-pieces and addressed the fact that Boateng often drifts to the back post. Despite this, we let him out of our sight, and once we went 1-0 down we weren’t proactive or purposeful enough to fight back.

“Frankfurt were more alert and livelier – the first half was very bad from our point of view. When we changed the formation to a 4-2-3-1, things improved a little, but Frankfurt could still have scored a fourth. All in all, we deserved to lose today – we need to analyse the defeat critically, but we all know what we can improve on.”

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Augsburg 1-3 Werder Bremen

Manuel Baum: “I felt like we’d already called time on the season today. The way we played in the first half was as if we had already given up. We improved after the break and even had chances to get back level, but we had no structure in the closing stages, so Bremen deserve their win.”

Florian Kohfeldt: “The first half was great. We linked up well and played with good, short passes. We created a lot of goal-scoring opportunities and didn’t let Augsburg settle. At the same time, we also looked tight at the back. The boys showed everything I wanted them to and executed it nearly perfectly.

“At times in the second half I was frustrated; Augsburg definitely improved but we weren’t clinical enough on the counter. We left a few goals out there but that period of the game was relatively short.

“I have never doubted the quality we have in this team but you’ve got to respect everyone around you. Two things are hugely important at the minute; we are not there yet and we can’t lose sight of our aims. I have been in these supposedly comfortable situations before like last season with the U23s and if you look at Stuttgart two years ago.

“Thinking you’ve done it is the worst thing you can do. Secondly you should never be satisfied with what you’ve done; we must always have the desire to improve even if we sit third in the table resting on your laurels is a huge mistake.”

Hamburg 1-2 Hertha Berlin

Christian Titz: “We put in a good first half performance. We put in a good shift from the off and put our opponents under pressure. We deserved our lead and that fed our confidence but we didn’t manage to get the second and third goals.

“Then it was half time and we wanted to come out exactly how we ended the first half but we didn’t manage to do that. We didn’t show the same determination we did in the first half and we didn’t fight as hard either.”

Pal Dardai: “We played against a very motivated Hamburg side. In the first half we let ourselves be hit on the break and then we got unnerved. A lot went wrong for us in the first half and so we had to correct a lot during the break. Tino’s goal was a huge relief. Overall, it was a tough game but my team fought well and battled hard.”

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VfL Wolfsburg 0-1 Schalke

Bruno Labbadia: “Congratulations to Domenico Tedesco and FC Schalke 04. They’ve worked incredibly hard in the past few weeks and they’ve got the rewards. From our perspective though, we’ve done a lot right against a side second in the table. We were solid and restricted the opposition from having much space.

“All that was missing was the result. Paul Verhaegh is normally clinical from the spot. I told the team after the game that they did well – it doesn’t make a difference to the result but we can build upon it.”

Domenico Tedesco:  “It wasn’t an easy game for us. Wolfsburg were a completely different side to the one which lost 3-0 in Hoffenheim. We expected that though. We managed to turn a very balanced game in our favour at the death. Also, when you save a penalty when the scores are ties, it’s down to a bit of luck to. Our goalkeeping coach Simon Henzler and Ralf Fährmann are always working on penalties. It paid off today.

“Our goal was a bit fortunate but I’d argue we had slightly the better of the chances in the game. We prevented Wolfsburg from hitting us on the break and had a lot of possession but it wasn’t enough in the final third. Pablo Insua celebrated his debut today and that’s pleasing as he’s come into the light after some dark times this season.”

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Hannover

Peter Stöger: “We deservedly won the match. It was a good reaction after being eliminated from Europe. The team showed from the beginning that they wanted to win the match. There were lots of positive aspects today: lots of attacking momentum, runs in behind, attempts to get shots away.

“The team rose to the situation. Lots of the things that we wanted to see were present today. We’re very satisfied.”

“I believe we still managed to have a lot of scoring chances. It’s clear that the opponent has more of the play when we’re ahead. When possible, we completely prevented that from happening in the first half with the manner in which we played. It’s not so easy to implement that following a European match, having travelled away and only had a short break.

“I was impressed with what we produced in the first half. A second goal would have made it easier for us. I saw a decent performance from my team over the course of 90 minutes.”

Andre Breitenreiter: “In the first half we were compact, but going forward we lacked courage to pierce them. In the second half we were dominant, only the final pass and precision was missing. Therefore the defeat is very bitter, but I have to compliment the team.”

Köln 2-0 Bayer Leverkusen

Stefan Ruthenbeck: “After going 1-0 up we stayed hungry. The red card gave us an advantage. It a real positive that we’re no longer bottom. It is a sign that there is still life and we can dream of the wonder.”

Heiko Herrlich: “The victory for Köln is absolutely in order. The reason for it I can see in the first 20 minutes. I don’t know what was wrong with my team. For a team with ambition to compete at the top, we showed too little. It is a shame that we showed so little in a game like the derby.”

RB Leipzig 2-1 Bayern Munich

Jupp Heynckes: “We faced an excellent opponent today. We have to acknowledge that. Leipzig were really aggressive and ran hard to press us. We didn’t play as well as in recent weeks. Leipzig deserved to win. There are always games like today when you’re not at your best and don’t defend well.”

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “Overall we played a very good game. The first half was the best that we’ve seen this year. We should have led even earlier. Overall, it was a very courageous performance.”

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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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