Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 29: 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.

Hannover 2-1 Werder Bremen

Andre Breitenreiter: “The relief for us following this win is understandably huge. The team really wanted this victory. The invested a lot for it and showed a lot of courage.”

Florian Kohfeldt: “We weren’t at the races today from the off. When you don’t get off to a good start, you have to be solid and work hard but we didn’t play with sufficient intelligence. Without the ball, we weren’t lethal enough and were too indecisive at key moments. We didn’t play to our potential.

“Tomorrow, we could only be seven points off the relegation zone. We have to keep fighting on.”

Augsburg 1-3 Bayern Munich

Manuel Baum: “4-1 doesn’t really do us credit I think. In the first 25 minutes they didn’t have a single chance. Unfortunately, we then conceded two goals quickly before the break. We lost a bit of our energy. Nevertheless, we tried everything to fight back, but we conceded two goals from set pieces. It’s what we were expecting, but the loss is still obviously very frustrating.”

Jupp Heynckes: “The coach is responsible for the big picture, but first and foremost the players are the protagonists. I have a very well-functioning coaching team, everyone’s doing an outstanding job. Everyone played their part in the success. We raised a glass to good music in the dressing room. Everyone can be pleased, it’s magnificent.

“It was the highlight of my career when I was a player. I’d like to send my regards to Italy, to Carlo Ancelotti. He guided the team at the beginning of the season, warm congratulations on winning the championship title. He’s not only a great coach but also a great person.”

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Köln 1-1 Mainz

Stefan Ruthenbeck: “Mainz started well, but we could’ve controlled the game a bit more after taking the lead. We tried to hit them on the counter, but they didn’t equalise in the first half, so we went into the break feeling relatively positive. We even had a chance to go 2-0 up in the second half, but Mainz then scored against the run of play.

“The game became very chaotic and back-and-forth after they equalised. Mainz countered again and again and there were really big chances for both teams. There could have been a lucky winner for either side; we were just missing that bit of luck. Both teams showed great character on the day. For us, the point wasn’t enough, but it’s alright for Mainz.”

Sandro Schwarz: “Even in the run-up to the game, we knew it was going to be a game of incredibly high intensity and passion. And that’s exactly what it was – over the entire 97 minutes. We actually started the game well and we Levin Öztunali had a chance. Köln scored and took the lead from their first chance of the game. After that, it took us a while to take back control of the game, but we managed to do it in the middle of the first half, but we didn’t get many big chances before the break.

“At the same time, we had to be careful to defend Köln counterattacks. We said in the changing room that we wanted to let our football do the talking. And that’s what happened when we scored the equaliser, the cross and the finish turned the game around. Both teams then started to play it from the back a bit more, playing clever football and using vision. Köln had two or three good chances, but we were unlucky, hitting the post and the crossbar.

“I’m happy with the team’s performance and mentality today; we were just missing that lucky breakthrough.”

Freiburg 0-2 VfL Wolfsburg

Christian Streich: “We failed to stop Didavi, who has a strong left foot, and it was 1-0 after just two minutes. Everyone knows that we’re not going to win games 4-3 in our current predicament, because we’re just not capable of creating goalscoring chances at the moment.

“Their opener caused a few minutes of unease, but we did reasonably well after that until we got to the final third. Then we needed those special moments, but unfortunately for us Wolfsburg had two of them. We’ve done so well lately and the players have gone above and beyond the call of duty, but we really need to experience that winning feeling again.

“Taking the lead always helps but we didn’t manage to do that today, which is why Wolfsburg got the win they deserved.”

Bruno Labbadia: “Clearly that was an immensely important win for us – especially considering the fact that we had failed to reward ourselves in recent games. The fact that a defeat for Freiburg would plunge a direct opponent into danger is something I made clear to the players.

“There are very few clubs as likeable as Freiburg but, as sorry as I am for them, [a win] against another team in the relegation battle is exactly what we needed. Today’s win is very, very significant. We’ve taken an important step – but no more than that. I hope we can carry this success into our next few games.”

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Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1 Hertha Berlin

Dieter Hecking: “I am pleased that we managed to turn the game around. Everyone in the stadium saw that we aren’t exactly brimming with confidence right now and our performance left a lot to be desired in that first half but I also think that Hertha played really well during that period.

“They came at us early on and caused problems in our build-up play. We were too slow, took too long on the ball and played it around a lot at the back. So I can understand the noises that were being made when the whistle went for half time, even if the team is going through a difficult patch at the minute.

“During the break we changed the system a bit; we brought on Thorgan and with that we wanted to attack the Hertha box a bit more. In the second half Hertha passed up three or four good opportunities to score but my team turned the game around with plenty of courage and character. It was a great win and also one that is really important for us.”

Pal Dardai: “We had a lot of clear chances today that we really needed to use. Gladbach has individual quality in abundance. I can’t really criticise my team too much; they played well tactically, carried out the game plan and were clever in possession. In the end though we have to head home empty-handed, which is not great.”

Hamburg 3-2 Schalke

Christian Titz: “We started very well. After we went 1-0 down, I thought it might not be our day again. The equaliser was thoroughly deserved and we had a number of chances in the first half. In the second half, we knew Schalke would respond.

“After the second goal, we had chances to make it 3-1. Then, it was 2-2 all of a sudden. I’m proud of my team that they came back once again after the equaliser. Aaron Hunt’s goal was unbelievable. The win was a well-deserved one.”

Domenico Tedesco: “Congratulations to HSV for a deserved victory. We knew HSV would come at us and they did. We want to press high to force HSV into mistakes but we were the team that made the errors. Both of HSV’s wingers caused us problems and we gave the ball away too cheaply.

“Our first half performance wasn’t good enough, it looked like we didn’t want to be there. The second half was better as we set up in a 4-4-2. We had a chance at 2-2 with Goretzka and Amine Harit had two good chances but we couldn’t take them.”

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Borussia Dortmund 3-0 VfB Stuttgart

Peter Stöger: “In the first half, you could see why Stuttgart are doing so well this year. It was very difficult for us because the opposition believed in themselves. We, on the other hand, did not find the optimal solutions. So that’s why we were slightly lucky to go in 1-0 ahead at the interval.

“In the changing rooms we then discussed what needed to change. After the break we then started to do a lot of things much better, we’re very happy with that. It wasn’t easy to deal with the situation after the defeat in Munich. But the way we played in the second half was really good.”

Tayfun Korkut: “Congratulations to BVB. We played a good first half-hour, but made too little of the situation we had. In the first 30 minutes we were superior and made life very difficult for BVB. In spite of conceding, we went into the break with a good feeling and were confident about the second-half.

“Conceding so quickly after the re-start made it very tough for us. We will not over-evaluate this 0-3 any more than we have our successes in recent weeks. We will draw the right conclusions from this match.”

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Hoffenheim

Niko Kovac: “I don’t think anybody regretted coming to the stadium today. It was a great game of Bundesliga football. It wasn’t easy for either side because of the heat, and we certainly went right to the limit. Hoffenheim were waiting for us to make a mistake in the first half; we did that a couple of times and it suddenly got a bit hairy.

“In the second half we had things under control a little bit better, and all in all it was a fair result after a good game. Both teams probably deserved three points. Luka Jovic’s injury isn’t too serious, he just took a knock to his knee.”

Julian Nagelsmann: “It was an interesting and very good game of football, a really good advert for the Bundesliga. We had chances to move closer to those top six places but at least we haven’t lost any ground today. We knew their biggest strength is in their defence. The plan was therefore to let them enjoy the ball and try and hit them on the counter attack.

“We had four good chances in that first half, and we had to take the lead. We did not let much get in behind us. They dropped deeper after the break and that made the game more open. Both teams had chances after that.”

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RB Leipzig 1-4 Bayer Leverkusen

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “I think the goal before half-time was the turning point. The opponent was very good and in the decisive phases presented challenges we could deal with. In the end it was a deserved victory for Leverkusen.”

Heiko Herrlich: “We always kept trying to play football- even after going behind. Over the whole game we gave away too many easy balls. So we had luck that Leipzig were not able to profit from them.”

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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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