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.
Freiburg 3-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Christian Streich: “It was a high-intensity game and I’m delighted to come away with the three points. We were up against a very energetic Gladbach side and even with the early goal it was an incredibly difficult match for us. However, we played with a lot of passion and put them under pressure, which allowed us to break down their attacks through the centre fairly quickly.
“That was the key to victory – it’s the only way you can beat a strong side like them. My team deserve a lot of respect for their work off the ball today, particularly on a tactical front.”
Dieter Hecking: “We dealt with their early goal well and we had our best period in the game straight after it. We were dominant, won a lot of corners and ultimately scored the equaliser.
“We didn’t defend well for their second goal, and then once that went in, Freiburg tightened things up even more at the back. We didn’t have any real impetus about us in the final third, and we were fairly easy to defend against in the end.”
Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Hertha Berlin
Lucien Favre: “We did it very well. In the second half we had the opportunity to make it 3: 1. Unfortunately we did not do it and unfortunately we make a small mistake.
“We’re a little disappointed but we need to accept that sport is like that, football is like that. We deserved to win this game.”
Pal Dardai: “Dortmund have world-class forwards and you can’t always defend against them. You can’t defend against their second goal. If Dortmund don’t use their chances on the counter, we’ve got a shot. The point isn’t undeserved.”
Mainz 1-2 Bayern Munich
Sandro Schwarz: “I thought we played well in the first half. We had our chances to counter attack in the first 20 minutes, when we were able to get in behind them but unfortunately we could not create any real chances. We were occasionally too passive, especially down our left side. The opponent’s goal was deserved.
“The second half was a big improvement from us. It was important for us to get that goal after such a great cross down the right. We were right in the game at this point and had further chances to score. We gave away their second goal after a big mistake. We gave it our all at the end but we unfortunately come away with nothing.”
Niko Kovac: “We won today through hard work. It was not particularly pleasing on the eye but in our situation, three points are the only thing that matters. It will not just start falling for us all of a sudden. I think we did deserve to win in the end.
“I wasn’t nervous after the equaliser, but I was annoyed because we didn’t put into practice what we had discussed at half-time. We were asleep during a cross and got ourselves into trouble. But I’m pleased the team created chances and scored the match-winner. We will take the points and move on but I wish Sandro all the best and hope that he turns it around soon.”
Hannover 1-2 Augsburg
Andre Breitenreiter: “We did not take what we wanted from today’s match. We knew exactly what to expect and were second best for over 65 minutes. We didn’t play well and didn’t create the space on the pitch we wanted to. The Augsburg penalty came from no-where and suddenly we started to show the football we wanted to play. We played courageously and dynamically all of a sudden and we started to create several chances.
“Unfortunately we couldn’t force the ball home. We probably didn’t deserve to earn a point from this match when you consider our overall performance. FC Augsburg were the better team from the first minute of the match.”
Manuel Baum: “I think we started the match really well and it was great to secure an early 1-0 lead. Our attack then struggled to put together good moves and it turned into a battle of attrition. Hannover pressed very well against us today but we didn’t allow ourselves to crumble under pressure.
“After Hannover’s consolation goal, we decided to sit deeper and we got the luck we needed in the final stages to hold on and take all three points home with us. I am satisfied with our performance defensively but we need to more going forwards that we managed to achieve today.”
Fortuna Düsseldorf 0-3 VfL Wolfsburg
Friedhelm Funkel: “After the heavy defeat in Frankfurt, we played well until Wolfsburg’s first goal. Until they made it 1-0 we closed off the space so that they had very few chances. Then they got the penalty, which for me wasn’t a penalty because the hand didn’t make an active movement towards the ball. That was the turning point in the game.
“After I made some attacking changes on the hour they had more space and we weren’t as solid at the back. We wanted to take more risks, but unfortunately that didn’t pay off. We conceded the second and third goals due to individual errors. My team is of course very disappointed.”
Bruno Labbadia: “The team took to the game well today. It wasn’t a particularly high-quality encounter in the opening stages, but it was really hard fought. That’s exactly what I expected. Düsseldorf allowed us have the ball and we fought to stay solid, which wasn’t easy. From that point of view, it was good that the team used a different style and played with two strikers up top.
“We scored at the right time and then there was a very, very good second goal – after that we looked really solid. All in all it was a good win that will help the side’s development. We’re very happy to have won the game as we did.”
Hoffenheim 4-0 VfB Stuttgart
Julian Nagelsmann: “I’m happy that we managed to keep a clean sheet. Of course we had some luck at the start. After the red card, we changed things and pressured. In the second half the opponent didn’t have any more chances.”
Markus Weinzierl: “I would not have given the red card and the referee has to be aware of the implications of his decision. Even with eleven men it’s brutal playing against TSG.
“If we take the lead, the game would have gone much differently with us at ten men. That the bottom of the table side is not bursting with self-confidence is obvious.”
Nürnberg 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Michael Köllner: “I am happy with my team. We played a very stable game against a team in good form. We were secure on the ball and did not let our opponent’s top attack get underway. It’s just a shame that the chances we created were not enough for the three points. But we will learn from it and that will make us stronger.”
Adi Hütter: “Of course we have to be satisfied with the point and in the end, it was also lucky. The way we played today, we also didn’t deserve more. Nürnberg on the other had did well, but we lacked the mental and physical freshness. Nevertheless, I have to compliment the team on the way it came back in the end.”
RB Leipzig 0-0 Schalke
Ralf Rangnick: “It was the high-intensity and physical game we were expecting. When you consider that both sides played in Europe during the week, it’s by no means the worst 0-0 you’ve seen. We were pushing to nick the win in the final half hour or so, but we were just lacking that final ball or decision. I think it’s a fair draw in the end.”
Domenico Tedesco: “We didn’t want to shoot ourselves in the foot against a very good attacking side. Even though it’s tempting to go and play football in certain areas of the pitch, we avoided it because we know that Leipzig can counter very effectively.
“We didn’t have as many chances as we did against Bremen or Galatasaray, but we still had two decent ones through Breel Embolo and Weston McKennie. However, unlike the 0-0 draw in Istanbul, three points would have flattered us today.”
Werder Bremen 2-6 Bayer Leverkusen
Florian Kohfeldt: “We forgot an aspect of football and that was the counter to counter-attack. It hurts, but it will not deter us.”
Heiko Herrlich: “I hope the game unlocks our power and that we can take the momentum. We wanted to defend well and counter. We did that well. I am highly motivated and will try to prepare the team as well as possible.”
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