Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 28: 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.

Hoffenheim 6-0 Köln

Julian Nagelsmann: “I was positively surprised by my team’s performance in the first half coming off the international break. We started very well and were clearly the better side. One potential negative was that we didn’t lead earlier and by more, but we were pleased to be up at half time nevertheless.

“Serge Gnabry’s goal shortly after half time really played things into our hands. It’s understandable that we found ourselves with a bit more space as a result. We still defended well even so. Our counter-attacking play was extremely effective right until the end of the game.”

Stefan Ruthenbeck: “We didn’t start well today. Hoffenheim caused us a lot of problems from the get-go, whereas we couldn’t get going at all. Hoffenheim forced us into losing the ball frequently and were on top from the start. We did manage to earn a lot of corners after 30 minutes had been played and you really have to get something from that sort of opportunity.

“We had a lot of problems after the break dealing with their pace. I got the feeling after Gnabry’s second goal that my team had lost all belief in themselves.”

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Hannover 2-3 RB Leipzig

Andre Breitenreiter: “You could see that my team lacked self-belief. We were too nervous on the ball and produced too many mis-placed passes. Only the final half an hour was good, but unfortunately we were not able to reward ourselves with a point.”

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “The three points are massively important for us and I’m glad we have been rewarded for our efforts away from home. We are fully aware however that we will need to be stronger at the back in the coming weeks. It seems to happen too often that we go in front but then get pegged back, which throws the cat amongst the pigeons.

“Hannover made the best of their chances and put us under pressure. It was really hectic for a while but then we composed ourselves and got the result we wanted. In the end it was all smiles.”

Schalke 2-0 Freiburg

Domenico Tedesco: “In the first 20 minutes, we played with courage and with determination. We stuck to our plan initially but lost a bit of momentum towards half-time. In the first 20 minutes, we played with courage and with determination. We stuck to our plan initially but lost a bit of momentum towards half-time.

“We made some adjustments in the second half and we regained our momentum. We were excellent for the rest of the match. I don’t think it’s possible to play much better against Freiburg than we did. Our substitutes gave us a boost.”

Christian Streich: “First of all, congratulations to Schalke. We worked hard and were solid defensively but couldn’t cause Schalke problems. Then, the referee made the decisions he made and we lost. I don’t have anything to say about the red card. I think everyone in the stadium knew what happened. Nils Petersen had no idea he was on a yellow card.”

VfB Stuttgart 1-1 Hamburg

Tayfun Korkut: “We had been expecting a difficult game and that’s exactly how it went. In the first-half, we had problems because we were too passive. In the second-half, there was a clear improvement to be seen and the lads really wanted to win. We are now eight games without defeat – that’s something we shouldn’t forget.

“The team have achieved a great deal in recent weeks and I firmly believe that, just like in the Köln game, we can take something from this match. Ultimately, we have to live with the point – but that’s something we can do and concentrate now on the next match.”

Christian Titz: “I think we got into the game well. We often managed to gain control of the proceedings and we allowed very little through on our goal in the first-half. We then even made it 2-0, but that was called offside. On the break, we didn’t defend well and conceded the 1-1. I think, if we’d taken the 1-0 into the break, then VfB would have begun to rumble within the VfB team and with the fans in the stadium.

“We are naturally a little disappointed, because in our situation, only wins help if we want to pull away from the drop-zone. The lads showed some real determination against a team that hasn’t been beaten in eight games. Particularly the young guys playing in defence did the job well.”

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Bayer Leverkusen 0-0 Augsburg

Heiko Herrlich: “The draw feels like a loss. We dominated and had everything under control, but we just lacked the clinical nature you need in the final third. Augsburg looked to cause us problems, but we defended against them very well until they started to pull back and defend. It was an okay performance, but these are two points that we’ve let slip.”

Manuel Baum: “We earned a point today against a very tough opponent. We didn’t have much of a spark going forward, but the draw was deserved when all was said and done.

“We won the ball back regularly, although we couldn’t quite do enough with those opportunities. But I can’t complain, because we’re travelling back home very happy with our point.”

Bayern Munich 6-0 Borussia Dortmund

Jupp Heynckes: “It’s always difficult to recover your rhythm after an international break, we did a very good job. Our plan was to win the game because we had to lay down another marker.

“The team turned in an outstanding display over 90 minutes, they turned in a gala display in the first 45 minutes. We made the most of our tactical and technical dominance.”

Peter Stöger: “We did way too many things wrong. The basic virtues that were once the basis for success here at Borussia Dortmund were missing. When you play against a team that has that much quality and ambition, it can go really wrong if you don’t display those basic virtues. Bayern exploited our weaknesses mercilessly, playing like we did you can never hope to compete at the same level.

“Today we were made to pay heavily for the way we defended. We invited Bayern to score goals by making individual errors. They were gifts that cannot be allowed to happen. But I am not interested in criticising individual errors. It’s about the attitude.

“We’re not playing like a team with the ambition of being the second-best in Germany. Perhaps a hammering like this will even do us good, by allowing us to be even more critical in our evaluation.”

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Hertha Berlin 0-0 VfL Wolfsburg

Pal Dardai: “We started the first half well and did a lot of the things we’d spoken about. But when you put so much effort in, your final ball needs to be sharper. We didn’t manage to get ourselves in front in the opening 30 minutes.

“We tried to get out of the blocks quickly again in the second half but in my view it was a tired performance from both teams. Neither side had any real chances to score, so we have to settle for a point.”

Bruno Labbadia: “We had a few problems to start with because we didn’t implement our tactics very well. We were able to change that as the half wore on and we got into the game more. In the second half we played a lot better and I felt we were getting closer but we lacked the cutting edge in the final third, which is obviously frustrating given the situation we’re in.

“It’s a shame because sometimes you can grind out scrappy wins with a set-piece. Unfortunately we didn’t manage to do that, so we’ll take the point and look at the positives. It’s important that the team again showed the same unity they showed in the Schalke game.”

Werder Bremen 2-1 Eintracht Frankfurt

Florian Kohfeldt: “There were a lot of changes that took place on both sides during the game. In the end we managed to force the win albeit with a bit of luck. In my eyes it was a classic game with two very good teams.

“The momentum in the game always seemed to be one way then the next so there wasn’t really any phase where one team was under sustained pressure.

“Frankfurt are a really strong opponent, who played the best I’ve seen an away team play in the Weserstadion. The two teams out on the pitch today both wanted the win and we matched them for 90 minutes. I am proud of the boys and that we managed to get the win in the end.”

Niko Kovac: “I was very pleased with my team today, we had some really good passages of play and created chances. We were up against a goalkeeper in Pavlenka who not only played well today but has done the whole season. We were very unlucky to lose the game and I can’t fault my players.”

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Mainz 0-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Sandro Schwarz: “I thought we played really well from the beginning until the end today and that we were good with our three central midfielders. We didn’t keep our composure well enough when the ball went loose to be able to create chances. We were sloppy two or three times in defence and Gladbach could’ve scored from that in the first half. We had our best spell of the game for the 20 minutes following the change of ends.

“It was a shame that Pablo and Hack’s chances didn’t go in. Sometimes they go in and sometimes they don’t. The match became a real battle after around 65 or 70 minutes. We just needed to be calmer and keep our composure. It was the right choice to play it out from the back.”

Dieter Hecking: “At the end of the day, the draw is a fair result today. We mostly controlled the game in the first half, but we didn’t use our counterattacking opportunities well enough. Mainz put us under a lot of pressure in the first 20 minutes of the second half.

“We owe a lot to Yann Sommer for keeping a clean sheet in that phase of the game. We got back our grip on the game after that and we had chances to grab a winner, but that’s a common theme for us this season. We could have also conceded. It was too little for a European spot today.”

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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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