Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 6: 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.

Hertha Berlin 2-0 Bayern Munich

Pal Dardai: “I’m very satisfied. Our back four, our pressing game in midfield, the compactness we’ve been having for years: the lads are doing a good job. It’s just discipline. The secret is to play well at the same time and have possession against Bayern.

“We showed that today. We scored beautiful goals. Bayern upped the pressure towards the end of course, they’re all world-class players. But I think we deservedly won today.”

Niko Kovac: “The conversion rate is one of the reasons why we lost. Besides, we conceded two goals we shouldn’t have allowed. We mustn’t concede a penalty like this, we made a tactical mistake before the second goal. If you make mistakes you get punished, that’s the way it is at this level.

“Still, we turned in a decent display. It’s hard to find an explanation. We must convert our chances, but we mustn’t start to decry everything. It just happens. Those who know FC Bayern will know we won’t accept it and do everything to return to winning ways.”

Schalke 1-0 Mainz

Domenico Tedesco: “We’re very pleased to have our first three points of the season; a lot of weight has been taken off our shoulders now. I’m mainly happy for the fans and for the team as well. On the whole, the first half was good. We played some good football and pressed them well. We were intelligent and calm today, something which we need to try and consistently do over 90 minutes.

“There was a lot of play in the middle of the park, but we were also very strong out wide. Yehven Konoplyanka and Hamza Mendyl got forwards well, while Amine Harit supported them well. Suat Serdar also worked hard. Overall I would like congratulate the whole team. We dominated the centre of the pitch and found a good balance between long balls and short passes. We should have killed the game off in the second half, especially with the chances we had on the counter.

“At the end we were lacking a bit of energy and subsequently sat back a bit more. It is often the case that when you don’t take your chances on the break you will have to defend better, which thankfully we did. We are delighted that we managed to hold on and get the win.”

Sandro Schwarz: “Congratulations to Domenico and his team for winning. We could have scored the first goal in the opening ten minutes of the game. We should have converted our chances as Schalke then scored with their first attempt on goal. After that, we attacked less and our only chance was the Quaison long shot and Schalke were always dangerous.

“After the break we were more dangerous again and had many chances. Up to the penalty area we played well and switched the play well. However, in the end we lacked the quality when finishing. We could have at least got one point.”

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Hoffenheim 1-2 RB Leipzig

Julian Nagelsmann: “We started well and had plenty of chances to go in the lead. Our defensive players did really well. Just before the break, the game opened up and both teams had some chances.”

“We were just a step behind when they scored their first goal and after that, it became difficult because Leipzig had more space. I think a draw would have been deserved, considering the chances we had. Kevin #Vogt will be back by Tuesday.”

Ralf Rangnick: “We did have a lot of good chances in the first 45 minutes, but in the second half we had clear cut chances unlike Hoffenheim. Therefore on balance, we deserved to win the match. Not too many teams win here in Hoffenheim, which is why winning away is a bonus.

“It was crucial we took the lead. We got our two goals when the game was end-to-end.”

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VfB Stuttgart 2-1 Werder Bremen

Tayfun Korkut: “For the fans it was a spectacle of a game, which really had everything. Just having the extra man, doesn’t automatically make you the better team, as that creates pressure. There were a lot of difficult phases in the game – but the way the team dealt with them speaks for itself.

“My compliments on how the lads bounced back from conceding such a goal and also how we played going forward. That was very important and requires courage – and that courage we showed was rewarded. In the end, all that counts is that we got the win. That was very important and we can look ahead now.”

Florian Kohfeldt: “We lost the game because we made some bad decisions. When we were 1-0 down, we failed to defend against the counterattack. Suddenly we were on the back foot and we didn’t know why. We were 1-0 down but kept flowing forward. We tried everything to get the win. Then I look to myself.

“Of course I can criticise the changes I made in attack. I told the lads during the break that we really want to win and get the three points. That’s why we tried everything and the performance was outstanding. I cannot blame the boys.”

VfL Wolfsburg 2-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Bruno Labbadia: “It was a very intensive game where we constantly had to watch out for Gladbach on the counter, which we failed to do for their two goals. But those two moments also showed their quality. They can create counter-attacks relatively easily but then they were very clinical in the finish. In the latter stages we were closer to getting the winner.

“The team had to cope with two setbacks and they did that brilliantly. They always maintained their composure and control of the game. Overall I feel we’ve not got the points we deserved from the last two games, but nevertheless we showed great character against a very strong side.”

Dieter Hecking: “All things considered I think a draw was a fair result. It was an intensive game, as expected, and we knew that Wolfsburg are much better than last season. I have to admit that when we were 2-1 up I thought we had the match in our grasp.

“It’s frustrating that we then made a mistake in our build-up play and gave Wolfsburg the chance to show their qualities again. We didn’t venture forward as much after that so I can live with the point.”

Nürnberg 3-0 Fortuna Düsseldorf

Michael Köllner: “Despite the result, it wasn’t a great spectacle from us today. After the 7-0 defeat in Dortmund, you couldn’t expect that. We had to work ourselves into the match and keep in it at the start. You are always a little more tired after a defeat than after a win, but we kept our cool and in the second half scored two lovely goals. In the end we deserved the three points.”

Friedhelm Funkel: “We didn’t have a good day today and we made a lot of wrong decisions. The goals we conceded just shouldn’t have happened. We then had the chances to change the game but wasted them. Der Club did better. The 2-0 saw Ishak go clean in on our goal and he took the chance. That was the decisive moment.

“After that we tried everything, but then conceded a third. It was a deserved defeat, but that happens in the Bundesliga. We will analyse the game and work intensively in the coming weeks to better use our chances.”

Bayer Leverkusen 2-4 Borussia Dortmund

Heiko Herrlich: “We are all completely disappointed with the result. We did everything we set out to do in the first half. After the break, we didn’t want to let up from that, but then we didn’t defend well in various situations.

“Covering a distance of 128 km showed how ready we were for today. Even more bitter is that we passed up chances to make it 3-0 through Brandt and Volland’s shot off the post. Before conceding the first two goals, we had the chance to score a goal ourselves – and then came the counterattack. This is precisely what we avoided in the first half.”

Lucien Favre: “The goals we conceded were unnecessary. For the first one, we made too many mistakes. We can’t allow that to happen. The second came from a corner where we didn’t anticipate the second phase well after a clearance. That cost us two goals. But you always need to believe in yourselves.

“A goal changes everything. We showed our spirit again. There were a lot of emotions at the end. Winning 4-2 after being 2-0 down is super. Leverkusen could’ve scored a third, but we controlled the match well in the second period, we played better then. It’s very nice to be at the top of the table. It’s been a good start.”

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Eintracht Frankfurt 4-1 Hannover 

Adi Hütter: “I’m incredibly happy – also for the fans. The first home win was certainly a relief. I saw a deserved win. The key point was the 3-0 and we’ll enjoy these three points.”

Andre Breitenreiter: “Eintracht deserved their win. Up until the 1-0 it was relatively even. Both sides had few chances up to then. The 2-0 directly before half-time was very annoying.

“Both teams were in a similar situation, but Eintracht showed that they wanted to win with all their power. Overall it is very difficult to win when you make so many mistakes. Today wasn’t good enough.”

Augsburg 4-1 Freiburg

Manuel Baum: “We had one of our best halves in the first half. At the start of the second we were extremely disorientated and we did not manage Freiburg’s transition. I’m extremely happy that Alfred and boys were rewarded.”

Christian Streich: “It is clear that the result is deserved. We were mentally and physically inferior in the first half, we were bad. In the second half we changed and were in the game then had a huge chance to make it 2-2 but didn’t take it. Augsburg deserved to win.”

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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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