Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 30: 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.

VfL Wolfsburg 0-0 Augsburg

Bruno Labbadia: “We knew that Augsburg defend very well and don’t give much away, which is why we tried to keep the ball moving. We were just lacking a creative spark to break through in the final third. At half-time it was important to emphasise that we’d need to be patient, especially against a team like Augsburg. The boys played very well with a three-man backline and, apart from one chance, hardly gave them a sight of goal.

“The only thing we didn’t do was finish off our chances, which is why we’ve unfortunately only picked up one point. You can tell the guys are really down about it and it’s a shame we didn’t get more for all the effort we put in. We’ll have to see what the point gets us in the end.”

Manuel Baum: “We were organised and composed at the back in the first half and had a few chances to get forward on the counterattack, but our transitions weren’t good and we lost possession again too quickly. Wolfsburg’s build-up play was really good and they pressed us well. That all changed in the second period, though.

“We were in the game until the first red card, which wasn’t justified in my opinion. My team deserves huge credit for the way they battled after that. You always need a little bit of luck when you play with ten men against Wolfsburg, so I’m satisfied with the point.”

Hoffenheim 2-0 Hamburg

Julian Nagelsmann: “We played really well in the first half and tried out something new with a 4-2-3-1 formation. We took HSV’s technically gifted defensive midfielder out of the game and closed down the centre well. We could have taken the lead earlier than we did, but our 2-0 lead at the break was deserved. At the break we planned to change things around and only wait for the chance to counter from then on – if we score a third, the game is wrapped up.

“In the end we deserved more from the game, and HSV had no route to our goal. I did think, however, that HSV played well, but we dealt with them very well on the whole. Serge Gnabry had some thigh problems at training yesterday, so once he’d done his part today, we took him off as a precautionary measure.”

Christian Titz: “Our opponents today came at us with unreal aggression. Hoffenheim put a lot of pressure on and were deservedly 2-0 up at the break. Our mistake was that we let Hoffenheim work their way through us with their passing game too easily – TSG’s goals were obviously well-worked, but no one on our side really closed them down.

“We came up against a team today that defended and countered very well, so it’s a fair result.”

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Hertha Berlin 2-1 Köln

Pal Dardai: “We came out very well after half time. I am happy that we created so many scoring chances. In the end the lads defended the 2-1 very well. I hope now that our drought is over. We are very happy.”

Stefan Ruthenbeck: “The game today was very emotional. The team invested a lot and fought until the last second. We didn’t start the game well. But as it progressed we made it more open and made it 1-0.

“After the break we were not competitive enough and after the double blow were always chasing things. We lacked a clinical edge in front of goal. If we had other situations we could have taken a point, but to be always under pressure to win is very difficult.”

Bayer Leverkusen 4-1 Eintracht Frankfurt

Heiko Herrlich: “We are really delighted to have taken all three points here against a very strong Frankfurt side. The game was very level until half time. After the break I initially had the fear, that despite our numerous chances, that we would not be successful. Then came the can opener through the middle and Karim Bellarabi had two great assists, that Kevin used brilliantly.”

Niko Kovac: “We were playing away from home against top opponents – the most dangerous counter-attacking side in the league. We didn’t defend particularly well, which is why we lost. The second half was crucial and we shouldn’t have been beaten so easily through the middle for their second goal.

“We gave everything though, so I can’t be too harsh on the players. 4-1 is a comprehensive scoreline – it didn’t look to be heading that way at half-time. I hope Luka [Jovic] and Sébastien [Haller] are fully fit for Wednesday.”

VfB Stuttgart 1-1 Hannover

Tayfun Korkut: “Generally, in the second-half we allowed very little through, took the lead and should have added another. The chances were certainly there for us. With a win, be would have been over the finish-line, but that wasn’t to be for us today.

“However, we enjoyed a very, very good past week, during which the lads really gave their all. That’s something we shouldn’t forget! On 39 points, we are now very close. Next Saturday we have another home game, in which we want to do better and celebrate a victory. That’s the target for the coming week.”

Andre Breitenreiter: “The point is fortunate, but not undeserved. We went behind to a wonder strike that was unstoppable, but we showed character. An equaliser in added time is always lucky, but we’ve had that happen to us enough this season. Therefore we don’t need to be ashamed.”

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Bayern Munich 5-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Jupp Heynckes: “We needed 20 minutes to find our way into the game today. We took control step by step and quickly equalised and took the lead. It was a commanding display with wonderful passing combinations, especially after the break. It’s positive that even the players who don’t play so often are highly motivated and play well.”

Dieter Hecking: “I’m angry today. Everyone knows Bayern can always dominate their matches, but what happened after their third goal is unacceptable. We defended very poorly and just let them play. They played with spirit too, which we wanted to avoid. It simply wasn’t good enough today.”

Schalke 2-0 Borussia Dortmund

Domenico Tedesco: “Of course we’re relieved to have bounced back from the defeat in Hamburg.  This week of training was intense and the loss against HSV stayed with us. Therefore, we want to bounce back in the derby. In the first half, we were superb. We were compact, ready to counter and created chances.

“As our opponents played with basically a back five, we reacted by having three forwards and wanted to create momentum. It’s great to see your hard work play off. I’m happy for the team and the fans.”

Peter Stöger: “Congratulations to Schalke, who deserved to win the match. There were some situations in the match where we needed to show penetration going forward. Schalke defended them well. They utilised their few attacking opportunities differently to us. Of course, they benefited from our individual errors too. On the whole, they found the better solutions at the decisive moments. If that happens in a game like this, you’ll end up on the losing side.

“We believe that the team put in a really good performance in the match last week. That’s why we made the decision that we would give the same starting XI the chance to play this match. It was about showing the lads that we believed in them. Of course, we had other players who did not make the line-up who have the quality to be starting games.”

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Werder Bremen 1-1 RB Leipzig

Florian Kohfeldt: “We played a really good game against a very, very good opponent. We tried for the win right until the end and this mentality pleased me. Over the whole 90 minutes and on the basis of the chances we created, we would have deserved the win.”

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “We played a really good second half and the result was a fair one. We’ll happily take a point home and carry on. However, that was not the RB football that we know.”

Mainz 2-0 Freiburg

Sandro Schwarz: “The beginning of the game was certainly very hectic, not least because of the sound within the stadium. We found it hard to get going and lost the ball too many times. We weren’t quite putting what we had planned into practice and we were only really creating a threat from set pieces.

“We had a lot of possession, but were lacking that cutting edge. Then we got the penalty, which played things into our hands. After the break, we had about a 15 or 20 minute period which was our best of the game. But when you don’t score off the back of a period like that, you have to be careful. Pablo’s second blew things wide open, but we still had to be on our toes.

“I’m really happy with the boys’ performance today and I think that we deserved to win when all was said and done.”

Christian Streich: “Congratulations to Mainz on the win. We decided to go into this game with a defensive mindset and didn’t want to give them the chance to beat us. The first ten minutes went okay, but then they put us under pressure.

“We changed to a 4-4-2 for the second half, and Mainz managed to tack on another goal nonetheless. I have to give credit to my team, because they stuck at it until the end today, despite how the game unfolded.”

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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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