Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 1: 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.

Bayern Munich 2-2 Hertha Berlin

Niko Kovac: “Hertha were a bit lucky to share the spoils, but they defended well. We had a lot of chances, we failed to take many clear-cut chances. We could have finished a few moves better even before Hertha switched their formation. But I can’t blame my team. They tried everything, they gave it everything.

“It was one-way traffic, we were dominant. But we lacked the bit of luck you need. A compliment to Hertha for bearing up against it. We must make sure we soon collect the two points we failed to take today.”

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Ante Covic: “When you play away to Munich you know from the start you can’t dominate the match as you’d like to. You must still believe you can have some good moments to take something away from here.

“Not many people bet on us when we conceded the opener. We’re satisfied with the 2-2 draw, we knew we had to survive some critical moments. It was a defensive battle for 35 minutes.”

Borussia Dortmund 5-1 Augsburg

Lucien Favre: “My team started really quietly and it was 1-0 within 30 seconds. After we quickly made it 1-1 though, we were incredibly dominant and created a lot of chances. We really upped the tempo in the second half and that’s where the goals came from.

“The result was then clear and deserved. But we also still have a few things to work on. We want to get better every day. What’s important for me is that the players make progress – both individually and collectively too.”

Martin Schmidt: “We conceded right after we took the lead so the euphoria of scoring was quickly wiped out. We were really in the game during the first half and we went into half time at 1-1. After the break we lost all physicality, we lost too many balls far too quickly and there was no respite for us.

“We simply couldn’t handle their pace and you have to say they scored some vintage Dortmund goals.  They really showed their quality and they earned their victory. We know that we have a lot of work ahead of us and Union Berlin will be the next test.”

Werder Bremen 1-3 Fortuna Düsseldorf

Florian Kohfeldt: “We were neither decisive enough in front of goal nor at the back so we have to be better on both sides of the ball but the goals we conceded all came in different ways. I lost count of how many chances we had but Fortuna were really effective it was unbelievable. In terms of match analysis, we were really unlucky to concede that first goal and there’s no need to point fingers.

“Up until 1-0 we were in complete control, we had chances and we weren’t being hit on the break. After 1-0 though we lost our way. We came out after half time and we got our goal but we conceded way too quickly from the restart –  we have to defend that better. All in all we have to be a lot more efficient and a lot smarter with the ball. Everyone knows our way of playing.”

Friedhelm Funkel: “Of course we are very, very happy that we won the opening game. We knew that it would be very difficult and in fact had significantly less of the ball. Nevertheless, we luckily took the lead. After their equalizer we kept trying to move forward, and scored the second and the third goal. But we didn’t leave ourselves open because we did not want to be counter-attacked.

“In some situations we were lucky that Bremen either did not finish well enough or that Zack Steffen did a fantastic job. We’re happy with the start. but we need to improve our game still. ”

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Freiburg 3-0 Mainz

Christian Streich: “The result doesn’t reflect the game. But I remember a game a few months ago when we lost 5-0 in Mainz with 70% possession. It was an extremely difficult game for us today. It was tough to prepare for too because Mainz played very well in Kaiserslautern, despite the result. Mainz’s diamond is always a challenge.

“Both teams could have taken the lead. It’s great that we could decide the game in the end through individual quality, despite what was a difficult second half. We showed we can win games like this. I’m very happy.”

Sandro Schwarz: “That was a strange game. We had lots of positives and phases in our game, we could have taken the lead. Freiburg were always dangerous from set pieces and from distance. However, we had control of the game for long spells and started very well after the break. We weren’t able to dictate the play and typically they scored in the 81st minute while we had three players down. We had to make some changes and were a little bit all over the place for a moment.

“Freiburg pounced on that clinically and with great quality. The three goals in the last ten minutes are extremely frustrating, as is the way we lost this game today. Now our job is to analyse the game properly and not let the result dictate our mood moving forward. We need to work on that as a group and stay focused.

“Naturally, we need to focus especially on the final ten minutes, so that we are fully equipped next weekend at home to Gladbach. Congratulations to Freiburg for the win.”

Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 Paderborn

Peter Bosz: “In my experience, there are three or four times a season that you play really badly, and that today wasn’t good. But when you win in spite of that, you have to be happy and we are.

Steffen Baumgart: “I had actually expected three points!  We take a lot of experience from today and we still have a lot to learn, but we have seen our football works. That was the most important thing and the realization of the day for us.

“Hats off to my boys for the way they played and the chances they created. In one or two situations we lacked calmness and clear-headedness. We have to learn from that and we will. All three Leverkusen goals were superb. If we can find better solutions in one or situations, it will be interesting. But we’ll take it on board, see what needs to improve and come again next week.”

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VfL Wolfsburg 2-1 Köln

Oliver Glasner: “We’re very satisfied to have won our opening game against a very ambitious Köln side who are difficult to play against. We scored the first goal at the right time but were too passive afterwards. We discussed that at half-time and were much better after the interval.

“Our second goal arose from a situation we work on a lot in training: after Xaver Schlager won possession we outnumbered them and finished the move off well. We didn’t allow Köln any chances apart from their consolation goal and now we’re just happy to have started the season with two wins from as many competitive games.”

Achim Beierlorzer: “I’m disappointed with the result. My team played well. We started bravely but then Maximilian Arnold scored a great goal just when we were starting to get a grip on the game. We didn’t let our heads hang though, and tried to keep getting forward.

“We should have had what looked like a clear-cut penalty to me. Wolfsburg were better in the second half and their second goal was a big blow for us. Overall we pushed Wolfsburg hard in what was an intensive game.”

Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-0 Schalke

Marco Rose: “It was a decent performance. We took a small step forward today. There were a lot of positives, small things that come together to make a good playing style. We won the ball in good positions and tried to drive forward quickly, particularly in the second half. Those moments need to be happening more often and our positioning needs to improve too.

“We didn’t allow them many chances though and had three or four opportunities ourselves where we could have won the game. It would have been nice to have gotten the three points today, but I think the fans have respect for the performance the boys put in today. That’s a good indicator for us.

David Wagner: “It was a hard-fought 0-0 and we had a few good moments on the break. The way we won back possession and set Benito Raman in for his chance was great, but he unfortunately didn’t connect properly with the ball. That was probably our best chance. Borussia came closer to scoring in the second half, but we defended really well tonight. That pleased me a lot, so I think we deserved a point to start the new season.

“Our performance was nowhere near being perfect though, especially with regard to our ball retention. Defensively we were good, but we need to do more going forwards. We have to carry on training hard and working hard. It also has to be mentioned that we came here with a very small squad. We were missing a large number of players due to injuries today. A lot of quality will return for us in the coming days and weeks.”

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Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 Hoffenheim

Adi Hütter: “We should have made it 2-0, but I’m very happy with the 1-0 win because TSG are a strong side. Overall we had the better chances and the players gave their all.”

Oliver Schreuder: “Congratulations to Frankfurt. In the end it’s deserved. It wasn’t good to fall behind after 36 seconds. We didn’t make a good start to the game. It took us another 15 minutes after their goal. Then things got better.

“Hinteregger cannot be allowed to be so free in front of goal. That’s our fault. But I can’t reproach the lads at all. We played in the way we’d set out to. We dominated the opposition and played courageously.”

Union Berlin 0-4 RB Leipzig

Urs Fischer: “We have hit the ground with a bump, but that has its reasons. When you see how many gifts we handed out today, then you don’t have to wonder. Its going to be difficult. In the tackles we lacked the determination and aggression that must be displayed when playing against a Champions League side.

“It’s up to us how quickly we can adapt to the new league. We got a first taste today. We have to learn from that and do better next week.”

Julian Nagelsmann: “We have now played two big away games with intimidating atmospheres – that’s not easy. But we have shown we deserved to be favourites. My guys really moved up a gear compared to the DFB-Pokal match and reacted to the opposition really well in certain situations.

“We wanted to vary our play both on and off the ball. We had a good mixture of possession and pressing. In the first half we were comfortably in charge of the game but we played well overall too and that’s always important.”



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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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