Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 31: 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 3-0 VfL Wolfsburg

Dieter Hecking: “The team put in a fantastic performance today. We were very focused, showed grit and played forward with aggression. We wanted to put our opponents under pressure early on and we managed that. We did the right things after the early goal and ultimately deserved to win by three.

“It was nice to give Ibrahima Traoré, László Bénes and Tobias Strobl brief appearances today. Now we can look forward to the Schalke game. We certainly have some unfinished business with them and want to go there and win.”

Bruno Labbadia: “The match obviously didn’t go to plan for us. We made it too easy for Gladbach in the first half and let them get into the game by giving away possession cheaply. The goals were too easy for them. At half-time we made it clear to the team that it was now about goal difference and we had to approach things differently.

“In the second half we did what we intended to do, namely press Gladbach much higher up the pitch and disrupt their build-up play. We didn’t do that well at the start and that’s why Borussia deservedly won.”

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Eintracht Frankfurt 0-3 Hertha Berlin

Niko Kovac: “It’s not often that a team win 3-0 here. We should’ve taken our two chances in the first half. In a game like this, it’s hugely important to score the first goal. The penalty, which is certainly debatable, was ultimately the turning point in the match but that’s football. The lads gave everything – I can’t fault them.”

Pal Dardai: “My team worked very well today. We carried out our game plan. We wanted to get high up the pitch because we have pace in our side. We thought that Eintracht wouldn’t be able to maintain the same tempo because of the cup game in midweek, and that proved to be effective.”

RB Leipzig 2-5 Hoffenheim

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “Congratulations to Hoffenheim. We tried to play a bit deeper than in previous games with our formation, and that worked for us at the start. The problem was that we couldn’t take our chances – had we done so, the game could have gone differently, but against a team like TSG, you get punished for your mistakes. With the red card at the start of the second half, it was pretty much game over.”

Julian Nagelsmann: “That was a strange game: we had a lot of problems in the first half an hour. We wanted to defend deep and wait for the opportunities to counter, which paid off for the first two goals. On the whole, though, we were too passive in the opening stages and were outnumbered on the wings at times.

“In the second half, we adapted a few things and had more luck down the wings as a result. With the extra man, it obviously got easier and ended up being a big score line, which flatters us a little against such a strong opponent.”

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Hannover 0-3 Bayern Munich

Andre Breitenreiter: “We tried to chase our opponents and press aggressively. We failed to take our two gilt-edged chances. We made it much too easy for them when they scored the opener. Bayern are highly efficient then, they’re in outstanding form. There’s no second-string team, they’re outstanding from number 1 to number 30.”

Jupp Heynckes: “We’re very satisfied. Taken altogether we played excellent football. The team is top fit, no matter who’s playing, regardless of the position. It’s important that we keep up our rhythm and don’t ease off and that we can still improve. It’s always important to win in the league when the Champions League awaits you.”

VfB Stuttgart 2-0 Werder Bremen

Tayfun Korkut: “It was a clash of two sides that had both taken a lot of points in recent weeks. We knew that in Werder Bremen, we would be facing a side capable of displaying good footballing elements on the pitch. We played very well in the first-half and could have even added to our 1-0.

“In the second-half we concentrated more on our defensive duties, not least as Bremen increased the pressure. Today was exactly the opposite of last week, when we failed to add that second goal. Now we have reached our target. My compliments to the team for their energetic performances over the past few weeks. The lads have unconditionally stuck to the plan and presented themselves as a team. There have been no egoism whatsoever – be that within the team, amongst the coaching staff or with the functional staff. Everyone played their part to ensure we could work in peace towards achieving our goal.

“I also must acknowledge the fans, who were particularly loud in their support between the 80th and 90th minute. They have a great sense of when the team really needs their backing. The connection there was phenomenal. We are naturally delighted, but in the coming weeks we have games ahead which we intend to give our all in, just as we have over the last few weeks.”

Florian Kohfeldt: “I can’t criticise the boys’ performance or their passion. We were really unlucky to go behind even though we had spoken before about how strong Stuttgart are from crosses and corners. They have players like Ginczek and Gomez who are really dangerous in the box. After that point it was really tough to play against a smart Stuttgart side. They were obviously trying to slow the pace of the game down, which is of course a completely legitimate tactic but mentally it’s tough when you need to chase the game.

“We tried everything; we switched up the personnel and pushed men forward. Today we just didn’t have enough pace in our play and lots of individual things didn’t fall into place. We now need to look at why we couldn’t find any solutions with our play.

“Our table position in spite of our defeat has not changed that much. I say whole-heartedly that the target we gave ourselves in November is within reach. We have two home games left to get the job done – no matter who our opponents are. I am convinced that we will be safe come the end of the season.”

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Hamburg 1-0 Freiburg

Christian Titz: “I must pay a huge compliment to my team. We were written off so it is not easy to come out and fight each week. We can now get within striking distance in Wolfsburg and must now concentrate on that.”

Christian Streich: “It was a competitive game in the first half, but we did not start well.  Hamburg put a lot of pressure on us, but then we got two chances and we did not quite get back in the game in the second half. They were allowed to continue playing at eleven against 10. It’s the same thing week after week, I get used to it, I should not say anything and just accept it.”

Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Bayer Leverkusen

Peter Stöger: “Of course, it was an extremely important match against a direct rival. But we still have quite a bit to do. Leverkusen are still hot on our heels and have torn apart some of their recent opponents, while Hoffenheim are on very good form too. We’re not so stable, which is why every three points we pick up represents an important step. That’s precisely why the defeat last week was doubly frustrating.

“Nothing’s been achieved yet but this victory was very important. It was a better performance by us. In terms of the running we put in it was okay, we worked well off the ball and showed the necessary physicality. You could see that it works if everyone contributes something in all areas. And today that finally worked out across the full 90 minutes.”

Heiko Herrlich: “Congratulations to BVB! The victory is more than deserved. We were not able to implement any of our plans. We were always a step too slow and gave away too much space to defend against BVB’s quick play. Our attacking attempts were all defended very well. We deservedly lost.”

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Augsburg 2-0 Mainz

Manuel Baum: “Finally we managed to get another win at home, but as a coach you can always pick out things that can be improved upon. We didn’t really execute our counter-attacks very well and could have made life easier for ourselves. In general though, the attacking line-up I went with paid off.”

Sandro Schwarz: “Congratulations are in order to Manuel and his boys. They absolutely deserve to celebrate securing Bundesliga football next year. We didn’t deserve to take anything from the game today. Before the break we did not play well enough and were always susceptible to Augsburg’s counter.

“After the break we really had to dig our heels in but then had the chance to get the equaliser through Suat Serdar. After that went, we had a lot of control and possession but on the whole it just wasn’t enough of a display from us all.”

Köln 2-2 Schalke

Stefan Ruthenbeck: “The team identifies with the club 100%. We gave everything to the last second, and the fans have appreciated that. We have no mercenary players here. We still have to win three times, but we are still not relegated.”

Domenico Tedesco: “Before the match we told ourselves we wanted to do better than against Hamburger SV. In that game we really didn’t start well and were almost eaten alive. Here we came into the match much better. We flew out the box, scored the early goal and, in my opinion, should have had a penalty. I can’t understand how that foul on Breel Embolo wasn’t given.

“However, we didn’t let it get to us and we continued to put the pressure on. Then the second goal came. After that we let far too many chances slip. We need to work on that. If we had taken those chances more seriously, we would have gone in either 3-1 or 4-1 up at the break.”

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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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