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 3-1 Hannover
Julian Nagelsmann: “It was a very evenly matched game, but we definitely got off to the better start. After that we started to slack off a bit and left too many big gaps. We were dominant after the break but could have taken some of our chances better. The difference today was that we managed to convert three goals whilst our opponents scored one, but the result does not reflect the match as a whole.
“Hannover played very well. They moved the ball around nicely and put us under a lot of pressure. The win is not fully deserved, but not undeserved either. We are worried about Gnabry and whether he will be able to continue this season. Demirbay is not looking good either.”
Andre Breitenreiter: “Congratulations to Julian and his team for the victory tonight. I think we watched a very even game – I didn’t expect that at all. TSG are in an outstanding run of form, but I think we played well against them. We packed out our midfield and tried to play the ball wide as often as possible. We defended well for the majority of the match.
“We improved as the game went on, but we did not make the most of our chances which led to us losing. It is a shame that we were not able to pick up any points.”
VfL Wolfsburg 1-3 Hamburg
Bruno Labbadia: “We had the better of the chances early in the first half. We regained possession well, but HSV showed us how it was done in terms of making their chances count. We didn’t do enough when we were on the ball, and then their quick-fire double did serious damage, particularly the second goal as we had the ball and gave it away. We took more risks in the second period, but didn’t back ourselves enough in one-on-one duels.”
Christian Titz: “We saw what a relegation battle is all about. The first few minutes were scrappy, but we managed to score twice before the break. We knew Wolfsburg would come out all guns blazing in the second half, and our plan was to hit them on the counterattack. Their goal made things a bit tighter, but I have to praise my team: it was a tough game and I’m delighted with the win.”
Bayern Munich 4-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Jupp Heynckes: “Special situations require special measures. I focused on Tuesday in terms of the line-up, so I called up four young talents. The lads did a good job. They were nervous at the beginning, but then we took the lead. Today we had the efficiency we lacked on Wednesday. I’m very satisfied.”
Niko Kovac: “It didn’t go as planned. Congratulations to Jupp and FC Bayern. We had hoped for much more because of Bayern’s line-up. We failed to make the most of the two chances we had in the first half. If you get them in Munich you have to convert at least one of them.
“The quality Bayern had today was still enough to score goals. The scoreline is a little too high if you ask me, but it’s deserved because my team were too naive.”
Freiburg 3-2 Köln
Christian Streich: “We got into the game well, but at the end conceded two terrible goals. Then it was open, but today we had luck on our side.”
Stefan Ruthenbeck: “It was a difficult game, which was symptomatic of our season. The last goal conceded really shouldn’t be so easy when you’re in a relegation fight. That’s how teams go down.”
Hertha Berlin 2-2 Augsburg
Pal Dardai: “We started well, but then FCA managed to adjust themselves to cause us some issues. We were happy that the deficit was only one as we headed into the break. The second goal made things even tougher for us to get something from the game, but our first goal came at an opportune time. It was a good showing of resilience from my team, but other than that it was a performance to forget.”
Manuel Baum: “We are very disappointed, because this is the second time this season that we’ve let a win slip against Hertha Berlin. We put in an extremely good away performance, but sometimes football can be harsh on you. We controlled the game for 83 minutes, so it’s annoying.”
Schalke 1-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Domenico Tedesco: “First of all, I wish Lars Stindl a speedy recovery and hope he can be back out playing again soon.
It would have been a tough game 11 vs 11. It felt like we played with 10 for the full game and that’s not easy against a team like Gladbach but the manner in which we performed given the circumstances was exceptional.
With 10 men, we played with Yevhen Konoplyanka and Amine Harit both as number 8s. I thought they excelled there. It was important for the team and the players’ development. We can be proud of our performance. A performance like that can actually have more worth than three points themselves.
We learnt our lessons from recent weeks and were excellent mentally and tactically. At the end, we had the better, clearer chance and could have even won the game. The game will give us a boost.”
Dieter Hecking: “The early red card for Bentaleb turned it into a different game to what we were expecting. We used the man advantage well in the first half, but unfortunately we had a penalty given against us before half time and they got their equaliser. We tried to force our way through too early on in the second 45 and that allowed them chances to counter in the first 20 minutes. We shouldn’t be letting that happen, because then you can easily find yourself losing a game like that.
“We kept trying to poke holes in their defence, but we saw why Schalke will be playing in the Champions League next season; they’re superb defensively, are physically very robust and are incredibly organised in their work without the ball, not to mention their counterattacking qualities. It made it difficult for us to create many chances, but I can live with a point.”
Bayer Leverkusen 0-1 VfB Stuttgart
Heiko Herrlich: “If we now end up in the Europa League and we don’t reach the Champions League, this is of course disappointing because it would have been absolutely possible.
“In order to get into the Champions League now, we have to depend on the results of other teams. That doesn’t make things any easier for us. To preserve our odds, we must now win our final two matches. That is the goal.
“In the statistics we had 24 shots and Stuttgart had 4. Their only shot on goal went in. We played out strong chances and even had a penalty. There were plenty of opportunities to decide the match, but unfortunately we didn’t do that.
“Up until the goal, I saw a good performance from my team. We were just lacking in our finishing. We’ve been working on this all season and today wasn’t the first time we’ve had problems with it.”
Tayfun Korkut: “The team had to take it to their performance-limit again, as they have done in the past eleven weeks. They have maintained their composure. We needed a very good goalkeeper and we had exactly that today. We did allow the odd chance through, but it is quite normal against such an opponent that you can’t defend everything.
“On the attack, we took out goal very efficiently. That’s the story of the game. We are delighted to have added a further win and will be going out to take more points in our two remaining games.”
Mainz 3-0 RB Leipzig
Sandro Schwarz: “The atmosphere in the stadium was amazing today, kudos to the fans! We played really well in the second half and didn’t allow them many chances. It was an important win!
“I’m really happy for Ridle [Baku]. He’s got a great future ahead of him.”
Ralph Hasenhüttl: “There were two key moments, the first being the penalty where there was only a slight contact outside the penalty area, the second was the elbow against Yussuf Poulsen, but the referee did not make the call so we were in that respect not exactly lucky.”
Werder Bremen 1-1 Borussia Dortmund
Florian Kohfeldt: “It was a great match against a Dortmund team that is very agile and creative. We also had our chances so it was not an undeserved point.
“Because of the way we secured safety, we should consider it a success, but, simply remaining in the Bundesliga cannot be our goal.”
Peter Stöger: “It was a very good game and I am happy with our performance. Overall we created a lot of chances. We would have liked to have taken three points, but we don’t return home unhappy.”
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