Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 13: 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.

Fortuna Düsseldorf 0-1 Mainz

Friedhelm Funkel: “It’s a very frustrating defeat. It’s not often I’ve been as annoyed as I am today, because it was an unjustified result and a good game from us. Overall it was a very interesting game, since both the opposition players and coach reacted well tactically. We could have gone in front and even late on Kaminski could have scored his header. Then there were phases where we had to be somewhat cautious. Mateta then put Mainz in front.

“After that we reacted well and increased the pressure minute by minute. At the end of the day, we’re still empty handed. That is a very bitter feeling. We have to perform well in the upcoming weeks.”

Sandro Schwarz: “The stats were better for us today, as was the game. The first-half was not good, even though we had a lot of control. We allowed them to have big chances by losing the ball easily. The opposition did well and we were lucky to go into the break not 1-0 down.

“We then changed the system and we clicked better in the second half. From the 60th minute, we had several good chances. However, we also needed a strong goalkeeping performance tonight. It was a lucky victory.”

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Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Freiburg

Lucien Favre: “We played against a very compact and a very well-organised team. It was very difficult for us to find the gaps. Fortunately, we stayed patient. We waited for the right moment before we accelerated going forwards either with our passing play or individually on the ball. We did that pretty well.

“I think we were worth our win. Freiburg is a strong opponent. You can’t forget that they got a point away at Munich and that they won 3-1 against Gladbach.

Christian Streich: “At the start we were well organised and worked well. But this unbelievable tempo Dortmund has is difficult to defend against. It was an appealing performance but overall we were not good enough with the ball in transition to get to the front third.”

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Werder Bremen 1-2 Bayern Munich

Florian Kohfeldt: “We tried to defend bravely, but if you slip then the opponent gets chances. There weren’t many in my eyes. We had moments where we could have scored, but we didn’t find the finish.

“I didn’t see a weak Bayern; they were brutal with their quality. World-class players like Coman and Gnabry are just massively difficult to defend against.

Niko Kovac: “My team turned in an exceptionally good display. We dominated the match technically, tactically but towards the end also in terms of fighting spirit. We did a really good job today. If there’s something I find fault with, it’s our conversion of chances. I counted six, seven more gilt-edged chances we should have converted into goals.

“But I liked it that way: without the ball we all defended together, with quick turnovers. You saw we had space and could make use of our quality up front. I’d like to congratulate my team on it.”

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Hoffenheim 1-1 Schalke

Julian Nagelsmann: “I’m really happy with the first half. We did a good job of winning the ball, but we were just missing a goal to take the lead. Both teams seemed a bit tired in the second half. Schalke saw more of the ball and the game opened up. In the end the result is fair as Schalke were the better team in the second half. I’m happy and I’ll take the point.”

Domenico Tedesco: “It was a very exciting match. TSG put us under a lot of pressure in the first 12 minutes. We weren’t able to keep hold of the ball and suffered as a result. Then we got ourselves more and more into the game. Guido Burgstaller had a couple of good chances for us in the first half. We switched to three at the back in the second half as both of our central defenders had been booked.’”

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VfB Stuttgart 1-0 Augsburg

Markus Weinzierl: “Obviously we’re delighted with this win, which was important for everyone at the club. The team fought brilliantly. During the week we thought about what would be best against Augsburg and we decided to play with three at the back. I expected my team to be solid and they were.

“Obviously you also need that little bit of luck and a good performance from your goalkeeper and we had both today. We want to take the momentum from this win and pick up more points in the coming weeks.”

Manuel Baum: “It’s a really tough loss to take, because we don’t think we deserve it. A draw would have been more reflective of the game that took place. We didn’t start well, and then Stuttgart got stuck in. A category of errors led to the goal, and in my eyes we should have had a free-kick.

“We weren’t clinical enough in attack either. Our shooting was off the mark. Something has to change after three losses in succession, but we won’t overreact.”

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Hannover 0-2 Hertha Berlin

Andre Breitenreiter: “I think that was nearly the worst first-half we have played since I have been here. We wanted to play with more courage in the second half and we got better. We had chances to score but they deserved the win in the end.”

Pal Dardai: “I would like to congratulate my team. We played with vigour and wanted to win, no matter what. The first-half was like a tennis game. We just lacked the final ball, especially against such a fit team.

“Jordan’s goal opened up the game and we could have scored more. We should have played better when on the counterattack.”

RB Leipzig 2-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Ralf Rangnick: “You could see out there today that the secret to success is how you operate without the ball. The score could easily have been 4-2 but 2-0 is much better. It was also very obvious today how important key players such as Kampl, Sabitzer and Demme are for us.

“It was a great team performance against a top team therefore we are even more delighted with the win.”

Dieter Hecking: “We contributed our fair share to an entertaining game of football but when you go 1-0 down so early against a team like Leipzig, it is very difficult to recover. Leipzig were the better team in the first 20 minutes. We opened up after then and started to play well but we missed the chances to equalise.

“We cannot be conceding a goal so close to half time. We controlled the game in the second half but could not create many open chances. We did not find enough openings going forward and therefore have to accept the defeat.”

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-2 VfL Wolfsburg

Adi Hütter: “I’m obviously disappointed that we lost but I didn’t see a bad performance from my team. It was a very physical encounter overall. We were in control in the first 25 minutes and their goal came a bit against the run of play.

“We fought brilliantly and worked hard until the end, but we conceded too many counter-attacks because we were a bit too sloppy at times. We weren’t as sharp or as solid as we have been recently.”

Bruno Labbadia: “First of all I want to express my respect for what my counterpart Adi Hütter and his team have achieved in recent weeks. It’s been very impressive. Our aim today was to stop Eintracht’s run and my players did that well, even if we didn’t quite play the football that we wanted to. They earned it through their tremendous fight against opponents who possess a lot of power.

“It’s also good for the team’s continued development that they’re able to defend so well against a team with that attack. If we’d made better use of one or two counters, we could’ve had a more comfortable final period of the game but you always need a bit of luck against this Eintracht team, so we’re very happy with the three points.”

Nürnberg v Bayer Leverkusen (Monday)

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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.

2 Comments

  1. Yes, agreed. Please beat Northern Ireland for us here in the Republic Germans!!!! And it should be easy considering you won the World Cup 5 years ago but I don’t know if Löw can manage anymore…

  2. Yes! Ireland narrowly miss getting slaughtered by Germany, and Northern Ireland is the bait. Well, you’ve got Holland but please beat Northern Ireland for us Germans 🙂

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