Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 14: 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 3-1 Fortuna Düsseldorf

Florian Kohfeldt: “Overall, that was a dominant performance from the first to last minute from us. We knew that Düsseldorf would defend deep, which I why we opted to use Kevin Möhwald, as we wanted to utilise his long-range shots. The plan worked today.

“It was a very important win for us, which gives us some composure for the next few weeks. Josh is a very good player with a lot of ability. His first appearance, first home win and a first Bundesliga goal. This evening he should look back fondly on today and then tomorrow we get back to work in training.”

Friedhelm Funkel: “We didn’t get into the game in the way we had planned, and despite all my team’s efforts, that was down to how well Bremen played in the first half. We didn’t get a grip and therefore brought on a second striker at the beak and changed to a back three.

“Up until the 72nd minute I didn’t have the feeling that we’d lose the game. Then we conceded two goals which we were partly responsible for. In the end Bremen deservedly won, but perhaps by one goal too many.”

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Schalke 1-2 Borussia Dortmund

Domenico Tedesco: “Well done to Dortmund. We started the game well enough and had some control – but then we were suddenly behind. We should have defended both of their goals much better. We had more possession in the first half and had a decent pass completion rate. Our biggest problem at the moment is our lack of cutting edge. We need to be more dangerous, our crosses aren’t good enough as they just aren’t finding anybody in the box.

“I think we should have made more of our play in the first half. We lost our only centre forward in the 33rd minute and brought on Hamza Mendyl to inject some pace into our game. Yehven Konoplyanka is a winger who would rather play there, but we desperately needed two centre forwards today. Hamza is our quickest player and it was important to have someone up front who is direct.

“We fought back well in the second half and got our well-deserved equaliser, before having ten good minutes afterwards. Again, their second goal was too easy. We set ourselves higher standards usually at the back. Afterwards, we struggled to get back in the game and didn’t keep hold of the ball well enough. Both their goals came at bad times for us. We now need to learn from our mistakes and learn to win games for ourselves again.”

Lucien Favre: “It was a very difficult match for us, particularly in the first period. Schalke were very well organised and did their pressing and counter-pressing well. We didn’t have enough possession, didn’t create enough chances and only opened the scoring following a free-kick. I can’t comment on the penalty that made it 1-1 yet because I still haven’t seen the incident. If it was the right decision, then we completely accept that. But the team stayed in the game. I liked that.

“We continued to play football and played even better, we had more possession and more goalscoring chances. It was important that we kept our cool. We ultimately deserved to win the game. We had more possession, more opportunities to score, but it’s always difficult to play against such teams.”

Bayern Munich 3-0 Nürnberg

Niko Kovac: “We allowed them hardly anything over 90 minutes today. We created a lot of chances. It was important to keep a clean sheet, not to squander the lead and hurt our confidence by conceding goals. Positive results are always important. We’ve won our last three matches, and I’m satisfied with the way we did.”

Michael Köllner: “You can’t be satisfied after losing 3-0. But we defended very well for long spells today, we hadn’t succeeded at that in our away matches. However, it’s not nice to go home with no points of course. We showed too much respect, we should have been more physical. Then again, Bayern are quick, it isn’t so easy to involve them in one-on-ones, and then these things happen.”

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Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Augsburg

Heiko Herrlich: “We knew we would have to play patiently against Augsburg. We created a few good chances against a team that defended well. We took the lead in the 75th minute and it was a completely different match after we scored. Augsburg tried everything they could to score. We were worried in the closing stages but held on for the victory.”

Manuel Baum: “We wanted to play in a more compact style defensively but encountered problems. Our counter attacking play wasn’t as strong either. The match was developing into a stalemate before we fell behind. We believe the ball went out of play shortly before the goal.

“This is especially disappointing. As a result, we lost a bit of composure. Today’s defeat is especially annoying because we made one mistake too many and were punished.”

Freiburg 3-0 RB Leipzig

Christian Streich: “We had a good gameplay and we were very present in the tackles so we won the game. I am very happy because I too can read the league table.”

Ralf Rangnick: “Our strengths from the last few weeks and our play off the ball weren’t on show today. We actually began well and often found ourselves in Freiburg’s half, but we were never really incisive.

“The Freiburg players made space very tight, as we had expected. They of course had the upper hand once they made it 1-0. Today, we had the fight taken out of us a bit. Freiburg played well and we deservedly lost.”

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VfL Wolfsburg 2-2 Hoffenheim

Bruno Labbadia: “The result is a fair reflection of the game. My team reacted brilliantly after going behind. They didn’t lose their heads and I was very impressed by the way we dominated. We were able to pull Hoffenheim out of position and we were very unpredictable out wide. The build-up to our second goal was really good.

“In the end we didn’t win because we lacked the knockout blow in the second half. Hoffenheim played very well and showed exactly why they’re in the Champions League. I’m very satisfied with our performance and both teams deserve credit.”

Julian Nagelsmann: “I was very happy with the way we played in the first 20 minutes. We deliberately gave Frankfurt possession because we wanted to catch them on the break, which we did really well for our first goal. We lost our way a bit after they equalised and Wolfsburg dominated. We couldn’t really cope with their pressing and we lost the ball a lot.

“We changed things up at half-time and brought on a fifth forward in Adam Szalai to give us a very attacking line-up. Our attitude improved and Wolfsburg only had one more shot at goal. Overall I think it was a fair result.”

Hertha Berlin 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

Pal Dardai: “In the first half, we combined well and played good football against a team that we have great respect for. We deserved to go in front.

“After the break, we had lots of chances but we couldn’t find the second goal. In the end we had to defend more than going forward. Frankfurt tried everything but we deserved to win in the end.”

Adi Hütter: “If you look at the balance of play over the 90 minutes we deserved to take a point. We weren’t committed enough initially in the first half and Hertha played very well. At the end of the second half we took control and fought our way back into the game.

“Unfortunately we weren’t awarded what looked like an obvious penalty just before the end, which was a big shame. It’s a game we shouldn’t have lost.”

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Mainz 1-1 Hannover 

Sandro Schwarz: “It was a game full of emotions today. It took us about a quarter of an hour to get into the game. We weren’t dealing with their long balls particularly well. After this period, we came improved and the play was mostly in their half instead. We switched things up a bit at half time, so that we could dominate the midfield a bit better. We got a lot of momentum and found ourselves in their box a lot. We were unlucky that Danny Latza’s shot only hit the post too.

“Hannover did have a good chance on the counter, but apart from that we dominated. I can understand why Hannover are so frustrated. Nevertheless, we put them under a huge amount of pressure, even after equalising. We showed a lot of fight today and I think we fully deserved to take a point from the game.”

André Breitenreiter: “I don’t know where to start really. We discussed a lot of things at the start of the week and ensured that we would be there for each other. We began today’s game very well and made our presence known. Our plan was to keep things tight at the back and not allow them to have many chances – which we did well. We then scored our third chance to take a deserved lead.

“The idea was to play like that in the second half. We knew that Mainz would put lots of pressure on us, but we still had a key chance to make it 2-0. We had a bit of luck on a few occasions, but I still feel we were very close to getting what we deserved.

“It’s annoying that our bad run on the road has carried on – the penalty that shouldn’t have been given was a big factor in that though. I don’t understand why the referee made that decision. It feels like a defeat, mainly because we were clearly handicapped.”

Borussia Mönchengladbach v VfB Stuttgart (Sunday)

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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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