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 0-3 Eintracht Frankfurt
Markus Weinzierl: “We had high hopes, but we weren’t able to keep their attacking quality under wraps. We might have won more than 50 per cent of our challenges, but we lost the decisive ones at the back. We need to be better positioned in defence. On top of that, we weren’t in the right shape going forward – you can’t perform like that. All in all, it wasn’t enough even though we had high hopes.”
Adi Hütter: “It was a commanding performance and a deserved win – the scoreline could have been even higher. If Mario Gomez had taken his chance early on, then it could definitely have been a different game. All in all, though, we put in a very good performance, particularly the three forwards, who linked up well.”
Bayern Munich 1-1 Freiburg
Niko Kovac: “We got off to a good start, we were very flexible, moved well and let the ball do the work. We tried to attack down the wings, but it was difficult because they doubled up on us. So we had to try it down the centre, which wasn’t exactly empty either. We should have scored the opener through Lewandowski, it would have been much easier then.
“We ran up in the second half. We took the lead, and we as FC Bayern mustn’t squander it. We have to clear the ball earlier instead of playing the ball at the back. But it is as it is. It was in the 89th minute against Augsburg too, so we’re talking about four points. We’re disappointed.”
Christian Streich: “We decided to lie deep against Bayern because many of our players had knocks and due to the trip to Kiel in midweek. We didn’t get off to a good start and struggled with Bayern’s counter-pressing. But we didn’t concede a goal at that stage and improved.
“We defended well and had the bit of luck you need towards the end. I have to say it’s extremely difficult for Bayern when a team defend like we did. Our boys run like crazy, so it’s not easy to play against us.”
VfL Wolfsburg 0-1 Borussia Dortmund
Bruno Labbadia: “We conceded the goal during our best spell, which was hugely frustrating. We were getting a better grip on the game and we’d achieved what we set out to do: to move Dortmund around with our possession. It was looking good at that moment and then we conceded the goal. The second half was a bit muddled because we gave the ball away too easily and therefore couldn’t get full control. Our crossing wasn’t good enough throughout the match.
“Overall it’s a real shame for us. The team put in a lot of effort, covered a lot of ground and our organisation was also good – we closed the space well. It’s difficult against Dortmund with their excellent passing game. We didn’t give them many opportunities and the willingness was there when we won possession. We’re a bit disappointed that we didn’t get at least a point.”
Lucien Favre: “Wolfsburg were very good in the first half. It was very difficult for us because they were well organised. We struggled to find openings. We kept trying to create chances and the goal was very important for us. We were better in the second half; we dominated the game for 30 minutes and had a lot of possession.
“When you have a period like that, you have to score the second goal but we didn’t manage to do that. You never know what’s going to happen. Wolfsburg could’ve equalised and the danger was there until the final whistle.”
Bayer Leverkusen 1-4 Hoffenheim
Heiko Herrlich: “Congratulations to Hoffenheim on their victory. We’re obviously dissatisfied. Our objective was to overtake Hoffenheim in the table. We knew about their strengths and how they play with lots of crosses − from which they’ve scored the most goals in the league.
“It was annoying that we didn’t go ahead through Lars Bender but then fell behind following a corner. It was a spectacular goal but it shouldn’t be allowed to happen. The penalty to go 3-1 up was the killer. We then had the chance to pull it back to 3-2 but the goal wouldn’t go in.”
Julian Nagelsmann: “We witnessed an extraordinarily good football match. It was an advertisement for the Bundesliga. After the break it was clear that Leverkusen applied slightly more pressure and that’s why we defended more deeply. Oliver Baumann had a very good second half.
“We defended with passion. The margin of victory was too high, but I’m happy that we’ll be taking home the three points.”
Schalke 3-1 Hannover
Domenico Tedesco: “We are very happy with three points – they were fully deserved. In the first half, we were slightly surprised that Nabil Bentaleb wasn’t man marked. We couldn’t execute our plans as we’d liked and ended up playing one or two unnecessary long balls. We still managed to make three good chances in the first half though. We managed to get more room in the second half thanks to Amine Harit and Suat Serdar.
“The first goal spurred us on a bit and we managed to be more effective after it. You can’t really hide the equalising goal, but the time between the equaliser and our second goal was vital. To score so quickly after conceding gave us real confidence and some security – the third even more so. We saw the game out well in the final stages.”
Andre Breitenreiter: “We wanted to run at Schalke and try and disrupt their back three, as well as stop passes to Nabil Bentaleb. They didn’t get a grip on the game and we were strong defensively early on. We played a variable 4-3-3, but couldn’t find the final pass in the first half an hour to get that goal. After this, Bentaleb came into the game more and we didn’t defend that well. We then conceded a contentious penalty after the break, but believed in ourselves and came back into the game.
“We scored a lovely equaliser, however the game was decided by conceding a second goal so soon. This really shouldn’t have happened. We are making too many basic errors at the moment, which are being punished through goals. We tried everything to score an equaliser. It’s a shame that we couldn’t get any points to match our performance today.”
Augsburg 2-2 Nürnberg
Manuel Baum: “We played superbly well in the first half and really should have taken a two goal lead into half-time. It is bitterly disappointing that we couldn’t take a big chance we created on the counter attack shortly after retaking the lead. It is also a huge shame to have conceded late on.
“We were not able to fully reward ourselves for our efforts today as we missed out on victory due to a moment of carelessness.”
Michael Köllner: “We heard about Peter Bircks passing away and I would like to pay my respects on behalf on the club. He would have seen a super derby today, exactly how you would dream a derby to be. FCA were the much stronger side in the first half as they constantly put us under a lot of pressure.
“However, it was very pleasing to see the way in which we responded in the second half to get back into the match. We are very pleased to have secured a 2-2 draw today.”
Hertha Berlin 0-3 RB Leipzig
Pal Dardai: “Congratulations to Leipzig, they deserved the win. We started well and were a bit unlucky, but you get days like today. They played with more fight and controlled the game. We prepared ourselves for a quiet stadium, in which our fans wouldn’t make any real noise. We accepted this and don’t want to use it as an alibi. Our performance simply wasn’t good enough.”
Ralf Rangnick: “Obviously I’m very happy. Our performance was excellent, especially without the ball. Well done to my team – games like that make me excited for what’s to come.”
Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-0 Fortuna Düsseldorf
Dieter Hecking: “We deserved to win this battle. We knew that Fortuna would bring their A game, in terms of energy and defensive work, after a few consecutive defeats and that they would try to create dangerous opportunities through Lukebakio. We tried hard to find the space in the first half, but perhaps weren’t as quick with our passing as I’d have hoped, in order to try and unsettle our opponents.
“At the end of the first half we had two clear chances to score, which we should have taken to give ourselves the lead. At the break, I told the team to keep up the high tempo and try and go one notch higher. The team did that excellently in the second half. Of course the penalty played into our hands.”
Friedhelm Funkel: “We played well until the second goal. But as has often been the case in recent weeks, we simply were not clinical enough in the final moment. We also had our chances, but at some point we have to start putting them away and start scoring goals. It’s not enough to say that we played better today and gave a better account of ourselves.
“For me, it wasn’t a penalty. I’m not sure what the player can do with his hands there. The ball hits Ayhan from three or four yards out and he tries to block the shot. The referee should have allowed play to continue and if it was indeed a handball, the video team would have alerted him in due course. Then he would have been able to watch it again. Obviously we made a catastrophic mistake at for the second goal, which effectively put the game to bed.”
Mainz 2-1 Werder Bremen
Sandro Schwarz: “We played brilliantly in the first half and completely controlled the game. We were a constant threat. We started the second half well and put daylight between us and Werder. We held strong at the end but it was a deserved win.”
Florian Kohfeldt: “We just weren’t in the game in the first half. We woke up after that, and we could have even taken a point. It’s not concerning, but we need to clearly address a few things.”
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