Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 4: 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 we bring you the best of the Bundesliga trainer soundbites.

VfB Stuttgart 0-0 Fortuna Düsseldorf

Tayfun Korkut: “We are somewhat disappointed by this draw. We were very unsettled in the first-half. In the second-half, we took more risks, which led to us being caught by the odd counter-attack, but we never allowed anything through. We have to live with the point now and begin to prepare for next Saturday’s game in Leipzig.”

Friedhelm Funkel: “We did not play as well as in Leipzig, but again took a deserved point. Again we had our opportunities, when I think of the headed chance for Kaan Ayhan. Unfortunately, we wasted our counter-attacks because we made wrong decisions.

“Maybe it is just moaning at the highest level, but that’s the way I feel. We did not have the necessary calm at high tempo to create chances on the counter attack. We will continue to work on that. I am very satisfied with the physique of my team, which was evident in the fourth game of the season. Overall, I am satisfied with the point.”

Hoffenheim 1-1 Borussia Dortmund

Julian Nagelsmann: “Today I watched my team perform incredibly well. We were dominant across the whole pitch and showed some really nice technical touches. We made the most of a period of pressure to take the lead and we kept it up in the second half. The goal which would have made it 2-0 was correctly disallowed, but it was hard to process nonetheless.

“We played at an extremely high tempo. Even in injury time we could have got the winning goal. Nonetheless my team played well. Just one small request to the football gods: Please come back on to our side here in Sinsheim. If we’re the better team, then we want to win next time round.”

Lucien Favre: “That was not a red-card foul. We had a decent foothold in the first 25 minutes – but then we weren’t good for a long spell. Every loss of possession led to a dangerous counter-attack for Hoffenheim. After 60 minutes we woke up again and played the ball forward a little more, and things gradually got better. After the red card everyone thought it was over for us. And yet we still came back. We can be satisfied with a 1-1 draw. We know that.”

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Hertha Berlin 4-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Pal Dardai: “We played very well, particularly in the first half. We ought to have scored more goals when we were on top to be honest. We defended a little too deep for ten minutes in the second half, but otherwise it was a good all-round performance with plenty of goals and a brilliant atmosphere.”

Dieter Hecking: “We deserved to lose today. We didn’t defend well at all and were up against a good Hertha team. And while we managed to take the lead, we can’t be conceding an equaliser straightaway like that.

“Then we got back in it at 3-2 and before we can think about mounting a comeback, we go 4-2 down. We can only blame ourselves today. We simply weren’t incisive enough defensively. Berlin pointed out some issues for us today and we have to work them out.”

Augsburg 2-3 Werder Bremen

Manuel Baum: “I think we delivered a very good home performance over the course of the 90 minutes and we didn’t allow Bremen to dictate the match hardly at all. Two mistakes led to us conceding two goals but we didn’t let our heads drop, creating chance after chance and then equalising and getting back on level terms. On behalf of the team, I am extremely sorry that we once again couldn’t take anything away from today’s match due to individual errors.

“Bremen have no idea how they secured all three points here today. I have nothing to complain about regarding the team. I’ve never had this feeling after a game we unfairly lost.”

Florian Kohfeldt: “It was an exciting match in which we benefited from a bit of luck and we went on to won. There were many chances for both teams to score as well as some strange moments and we were the lucky team who eventually won. At home, FC Augsburg played incredibly well with a lot of intensity and I know the feeling they are in very well. I know how it feels to finish a game like this with nothing to show for your efforts.”

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VfL Wolfsburg 1-3 Freiburg

Bruno Labbadia: “The match played right into Freiburg’s hands. They played and defended passionately. We weren’t at our best today but we have to recognise that Freiburg were very good right from the start. Once they had the lead they kept things very tight at the back. We had some good moves in the first half but we just lacked urgency with the final ball. We kept going close, but never close enough to score.

“We believed we could turn the match around if we got a goal back, but when they scored their third it killed the game off. Nevertheless, my team kept trying to come back right until the final whistle. It’s important we keep doing that. We were a little bit off our game today – and that makes a big difference in the Bundesliga.”

Christian Streich: “We’re very happy to have held our own in Wolfsburg – and not just by picking up a point, but by winning. The match went really well for us. It was a great performance, from our substitutes too. We did well when we changed our tactics after they pulled one back to make it 3-1.

“Overall it was a very passionate performance and I’m delighted we won. Wolfsburg are a completely different team to last season. They’re very flexible and can play long passes, short passes and diagonal passes. We defended very well and obviously had a bit of luck that our goalkeeper made some good saves when we were 2-0 up.”

Nürnberg 2-0 Hannover

Michael Köllner: “That was a courageous performance from our team from the start. Hannover has a strong counter-attacking game, and you always have to be vigilant. I am very satisfied with our first half. We controlled the opponent, were very agile, and kept changing the rhythm.

“Unfortunately, we went in 0-0 at half time. Hannover came out well after that and changed well with a man less. We needed a bit and had the necessary luck in one or two situations. In the end, it was still a deserved victory for us, which allows us to look forward confidently.”

Andre Breitenreiter: “We weren’t in the game today. Up until the sending-off we lacked aggression, were sluggish in defence and conceded too much. We weren’t happy with the first 30 minutes. From our point of view it wasn’t a red card and was decisive in the game.

“We then switched at half-time and it worked out well. We were the better team and had the clearer chances. With a man less you need a bit of luck and we didn’t get that. The first goal comes from nowhere and then the second was decisive.”

Schalke 0-2 Bayern Munich

Domenico Tedesco: “We were very shaky in the first ten minutes. We were overawed by the amount of balls coming at us; there were so many crosses coming in. Bayern therefore deserved their lead after eight minutes. James shouldn’t have been able to catch us out like that though. It’s so disappointing to now have gone behind to early set-piece goals in Wolfsburg, Mönchengladbach and today against Bayern, especially as we are constantly training set-pieces as well.

“After going behind we were solid and put a good shift in. We were constantly trying to cause Bayern problems. Both strikers worked non-stop and never gave up. Ultimately we were just missing something going forward to get that goal. We just couldn’t get past Bayern’s two central defenders today.”

Niko Kovac: “Many people would say that it was a fairly easy win today, but I wouldn’t agree with them. We had to work very hard for our victory and therefore I would like to pay a big compliment to my team. To win at Schalke after a Champions League game in Lisbon is a great effort, as the VELTINS-Arena is always a difficult place to come for visitors.

“Schalke may have only had one real chance, but the game was still fairly open. Schalke are normally dangerous at set-pieces too, so we had to be careful with those. The fact that there were no problems at the back for us today is also another sign that my team played well.”

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Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Mainz 

Heiko Herrlich: “The first half was very good. We expected Mainz to be good in defence, fight for the ball and run a lot. Mainz’s first chance was just before half-time. We should have already been in the lead by then. We wanted to continue with the same intensity in the second half. However, the second half showed why Mainz are already on seven points this season as they played very well.

“Before the break we played football and then in the second half we had to work hard. Nevertheless, we scored a nice goal. Mainz had a lot of the ball in the second half but we defended well. Overall, I think the victory was a good one even though it was a bit nerve-racking at the end.”

Sandro Schwarz: “Congratulations to Heiko and his team. We saw two completely different halves of football today. We were good for the first ten minutes even though we didn’t create any goal scoring opportunities. However, after we conceded possession for the first time, our confidence dropped a little and we were not brave enough when trying to reclaim the ball. We gave them too much space on the wings and we were unable to keep the ball. Bayer were always dangerous and had many chances.

“At half-time we all agreed that we had to be braver and go for the ball more, which is what we did in the second half. In our best phase of the game, when we were in complete control, they then scored the goal. We continued to give it our best shot but our crosses were lacking in quality today. It is a frustrating loss, because if we had played like we did in the second half all game, we would have got at least a point.”

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 RB Leipzig 

Adi Hütter: “It was a very intense game and a draw was the fair result in the end. Both teams gave their all and created plenty of chances until the final whistle.  Although the Marseille victory took a lot of energy out of us during the week, it wasn’t noticeable. You can see that the team is working really hard and in good condition.  I really enjoyed Gelson’s goal, he is a player as a coach you wish for, he always gives everything, he is always there for his teammates even if he is not used. I am glad that he was rewarded today.”

Ralf Rangnick: “It was an extremely intense game. At no point in the game did you get the impression that both teams were active in the Europa League three days earlier. In my eyes, the 1: 1 scoreline was in order, both teams had good opportunities. Above all, I am very satisfied with our performance in the second 45 minutes.”

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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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