Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 7: 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.

Werder Bremen 2-0 VfL Wolfsburg  

Florian Kohfeldt: “We weren’t in the game to start with. Lots of the things that we normally carry out in our game were missing. Really we should’ve been 1-0 down but then we scored ourselves and could have increased our lead before half-time.

“We didn’t continue that in the second half as we wanted, but Wolfsburg didn’t really have any big chances either. Nevertheless we shouldn’t forget that we played against a good side who caused us problems, especially in the first half.”

Bruno Labbadia: “You can’t ask for a better opening 25 minutes than we had. We disrupted Werder’s build-up play and moved the ball well, but all that was lacking was the opening goal. Then we lost our shape a bit but still, Werder’s goal, which obviously gave them a lift, basically came out of nothing. Learning to get through periods like that and to put away the disappointment of falling behind despite being on top is part of our development process.

“After the break, we again started well but we just didn’t manage to create clear chances. Overall, even though Werder played very well, the defeat wasn’t inevitable.”

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Borussia Dortmund 4-3 Augsburg

Lucien Favre: “It was a super game. It was fantastic for the fans – and for us. Anything was possible. We believe in ourselves more when the team has that kind of atmosphere. We always tried to play, but there’s a lot we need to correct defensively. We were a little tired today, but in the end we won 4-3. Alcácer has been a very good transfer. But I don’t want to single out anyone, we’re a team.”

Manuel Baum: “I must praise the team for their performance today. We never allowed Dortmund to take control of the match, we defended courageously and always tried to play the ball forwards to create chances. We can travel home with our heads held high, even though I would’ve liked to have taken something out of the match. Borussia Dortmund possess a lot of quality and benefited from a slice of luck today, making it difficult for us.”

Hannover 3-1 VfB Stuttgart

Andre Breitenreiter: “We are enjoying the moment, but we also know that it is only a first step. The view of the table is now nicer. The two goals from Bobby Wood make me very happy for him and it’s a nice story for him.”

Tayfun Korkut: “In the first-half of the game, we didn’t do what we had set out to do – defensively or offensively. After the break we applied more pressure and pushed for a quick goal, which we then scored. Unfortunately we didn’t manage to turn the tie. We now need to draw the right conclusions from this game and use the international break to prepare for the home match against Borussia Dortmund.”

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Mainz 0-0 Hertha Berlin

Sandro Schwarz: “I think it says it all, that Pal and his team are happy with the point. We played well today and controlled the game by dominating possession. We were brave in the middle of the pitch and had lots of space using the diamond formation.

“Our finishing let us down in certain situations but at the end of the first half I believe we should have had a penalty. We continued to give our all in the second half and kept working hard and creating space. In the end, we were missing the composure in front of goal.”

Pal Dardai: “We know that Sandro and his team are particularly good at home therefore we expected Mainz to be a difficult opponent. It was a fair result at the end of the day. We wanted to control the game from the beginning with our passing game. We were unlucky with Ibisevic’s header but 0-0 was a fair result at half time.

“In the second half, we let the opposition have too much space and time in midfield. We did not make enough tackles in the middle of the pitch. We are overall happy with a point after an intense week. It was not easy for the psychology of the players after the win against Bayern. We are happy to have taken a point.”

Fortuna Düsseldorf 0-2 Schalke

Friedhelm Funkel: “We played well again in front of our own fans. The statistics prove that it was an even game, in which we were the better team in the first half. We had a great chance after four minutes which you have to take against big teams like Schalke. It was a shame that we went behind straight away in the second half. We were a bit naive at the back.

“We didn’t give up after the second goal and continued to get forward. It’s difficult to get results when you don’t take your chances, but I still felt the team played well. We need to be more clever and clinical. Nonetheless, we won’t bury our heads in the sand; we will keep trying to make chances and try to get back to winning ways.”

Domenico Tedesco: “We are delighted that we’ve taken three very important points today. It wasn’t an easy game as Düsseldorf played as we expected; aggressive and won a lot of tackles. The first half was somewhat disjointed. We kept trying long balls over their back five, but couldn’t create many chances. Our plan for the second half was to get in their box as much as we could, which the lads did superbly.

“The first goal gave us some confidence and allowed us to be more relaxed so that we could control the game. If their offside goal had counted in the 80th minute it would have been a bit nervy at the end. Wins are important for us, wherever we are in the table. Weston McKennie scored a massively important goal in Moscow and put us on the right track again today with his goal. He is a young, talented player who has a great mentality and always gives his best on the pitch.”

Bayern Munich 0-3 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Niko Kovac: “We got off to a good start, and then it was the same as against Augsburg and Hertha Berlin: we made individual mistakes, and you get punished for them at this level, in the Bundesliga. Besides, we failed to take our chances.

“The goals we conceded in the first half stripped us of our confidence. Gladbach did a very good job, with a tight midfield, they doubled up on us on the wings, so it was hard to find a way through. That’s why we have to accept this defeat, which really hurts.”

Dieter Hecking: “It was a very good, together team performance. We defended incredibly well today, as we were under constant pressure but didn’t really give any big chances away. When we won the ball back and got some room, we tried to catch Bayern out. That was wonderful. We scored two goals from our first two chances.

“We wanted to be on top in midfield and Lars Stindl was in charge of that. We also wanted Thorgan Hazard and Alassane Plea running down the lines, that’s why we chose such an offensive formation.”

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Freiburg 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen

Christian Streich: “We can’t get too carried away. We had problems in our build-up- also because Leverkusen were playing well. We had some bad luck in hitting the post, but I can’t remember any big Leverkusen chances.”

Heiko Herrlich: “It is incredibly difficult to play here. To take a point from Freiburg is always a success, but of course we would rather have had three points. It was a very engaged performance from us and we fought for our point. We can build on this.”

Hoffenheim 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt

Julian Nagelsmann: “We played well and had sufficient chances to make it hard for our opponent. Their first goal came from a situation that shouldn’t have been dangerous – we gave that one to them.

“Straight away in the second half, we failed to defend quickly and let in a second goal. Our goal came too late and our opponent was just more efficient than us. We need to start getting our shots in.”

Adi Hütter: “I have to give my team huge credit after the week they’ve had. They showed full commitment again today and also deserved the win in the end. We initially found it hard to get into the game and had a fair bit of luck with the two shots that hit the bar, before Ante Rebic pretty much turned the game on its head. The goal after half-time put us firmly on course.”

RB Leipzig 6-0 Nürnberg

Ralf Rangnick: “We are very happy with the result and the game- that goes without saying. You don’t have to complain much with a 6-0. It was important that we kept a clean sheet and kept looking for goals until the end. I believe we are not at the end of our development.”

Michael Köllner: “It is a bitter defeat. In possession we allowed ourselves too many mistakes. It’s all about learning and developing each week. We know that it’s a tough league for us. We will deal with the defeat and I think we will play with the necessary character in the coming weeks and score points after the international 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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