Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 2: 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.

Köln 1-3 Borussia Dortmund

Achim Beierlorzer: “Overall, I’m totally satisfied because we put in an unbelievable performance in the first half and didn’t let Dortmund didn’t get comfortable. We also did well for large parts of the second. Dortmund had to move things around a lot before it worked out. But it’s a shame that they found a way in the end.

“We were brave in how we went about things and played really well. The fans were sensational, and we showed that we will give everything for them. We played against Borussia Dortmund, one of the world’s best. We had them on the ropes. We deserved a point from the game.

Lucien Favre: “We’re very satisfied with this victory. It was the difficult game we’d expected. Cologne were very strong in the first half, especially when it came to pressing and winning the ball back; they had some chances too. We couldn’t play because everything was too slow. The movement wasn’t so good.

“We played with more tempo in the second half and generally did things better in the second period. The introductions of Julian Brandt and Achraf Hakimi made a big contribution. We remained patient until we finally scored a goal.”

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Hoffenheim 3-2 Werder Bremen

Alfred Schreuder: “Of course I’m very happy. The victory is very important to us. In the first half, we created far too few chances. We did not use the space available, but in the second half it was much better. After the red card we should have finished the game better. We did not do that.

“I said to the guys that with the ball it was the worst day of the week for us. The mentality of the team was incredible. The offensive set-pieces were great, but defensively we were vulnerable.”

Florian Kohfeldt: “I’ll say it again. We’re on the right track. We had a strong game away from home, but in the end, we’ve conceded two goals from set pieces and that just can’t happen. The team showed their morale, effort and fight but a lot of things are going against us at the moment.

“I’d like to tell the players to be careful when they cross the street. I’ve got the feeling that they could be hurt getting off the bus at the moment. We’re at our limit injury-wise. Our squad is far better than our capabilities allow because we’ve got a great sporting director.

“Three quarters of the league are laughing at the amount that we’ve spent on transfers. Our squad is strong, but what we can’t absorb is losing three of our back four.”

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Fortuna Düsseldorf 1-3 Bayer Leverkusen

Friedhelm Funkel: “We did’t lose today against a good Bayer Leverkusen side, but against a very good one. If we’re honest, we didn’t have any chance today- especially in the first half. Leverkusen brought everything to the pitch that makes them outstanding.

“For one of the goals or the other we could have defended better, but you saw that Bayer Leverkusen are a team that want to be in the Champions League again, and we are battling for survival.

“If we at not 100% at our level then we have no chance against teams like this. It only works if we reach our top level of performance- like we saw last season. We will work on this defeat and turn our attention towards Frankfurt.”

Peter Bosz: “I am satisfied with the first 75 minutes. We have shown that we have a good team and can play well together. We moved the ball well and created some chances against a well-organized team. We have barely allowed any chances against a team that showed how good their transition was last season.

“In the last quarter of an hour I was a little annoyed because we did not move the ball as well and conceded the goal. Nevertheless, I am very satisfied with the overall performance. ”

Mainz 1-3 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Sandro Schwarz: “The first half was very tight. There were a lot of battles in the centre of the park and it was evenly matched. We could have made it 2-1 through Karim just before half time. We played well after the break until we conceded.

“We had periods of pressure but need to do better with counter attacks. We weren’t consistent enough there. The free kick was basically Gladbach’s first chance in the second half and just like last weekend we lost the game in a matter of minutes.

“At the risk of repeating myself: for the most part, it was a decent game for us but we need to play like that for the full 92, 93 minutes.”

Marco Rose: “First of all, I want to thank everyone for the wonderful reception I got here in Mainz. It was very friendly overall and I like being here because I spent ten great years with Mainz 05. But today it was about getting a result for Mönchengladbach in a Bundesliga match. I think we won because we scored the second goal at the right time.

“Mainz played with a high tempo and were dynamic like us. The substitution of Breel Embolo was incredibly important for us. It was a difficult game between two teams who fought hard for 90 minutes. We are very happy with the win”.

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Augsburg 1-1 Union Berlin

Martin Schmidt: “I think it was a fair draw, both teams had their moments. The first half was more hustle and bustle so it didn’t look so good from the outside. In the second half we got more into it and took the lead.

“Its a shame that we weren’t able to score the second goal. Union then built up the pressure and scored their goal. With a man extra, we could have had the lucky punch, but in the end the draw is correct. We still need a little time to find our way.”

Urs Fischer: “I’m happy for the guys because they did a lot right over 90 minutes. We were in the game from the start and thus gained self-confidence. But we did not use our chances and Augsburg was then 1-0 in the lead.

They could have won 2-0, but my team believed in getting something up to the end and I’m glad they were rewarded.”

Paderborn 1-3 Freiburg

Steffen Baumgart: “I rarely get involved with the referees, but today was shit. Its about the small things amd how you react. We want emotion to be there, but they are taking the emotion away.

“I went to go on the pitch at halftime and wanted to talk normally, but was told I couldn’t because I’d been given a yellow card.”

Christian Streich: “That we were 2-1 up at halftime was lucky. They pushed us back in the second half, but we stood firm.”

Schalke 0-3 Bayern Munich

David Wagner: “Bayern München deserved to win, albeit the scoreline was a little too high. We tried to defend in the first half, but we were too rash with the ball and barely kept it for a period of time. Things improved after the break. We created chances and played well.

“For me, we should have had two penalties for handball. I think despite the defeat, today’s game will help us to improve. I was happy with a number of things I saw, so there’s definitely plenty to build on.

Niko Kovac: “We knew it was going to be difficult. The Schalke fans’ support before, during and after the match was crazy. It was really impressive. But we stayed focused for the 90 minutes, took our chances well and didn’t give them too many opportunities.

“Robert Lewandowski was obviously sensational. His finishing and efficiency are unparalleled. I hope he continues this form in the coming weeks and months.

RB Leipzig 2-1 Eintracht Frankfurt 

Julian Nagelsmann: “It was a very fortunate victory for us – a draw would have been the fair result. After the goal, we played very well for around 20 minutes and after that, everything was happening in front of us. Eintracht largely dominated the game after the break.”

Adi Hütter: “If you look at the whole 90 minutes, we would’ve fully deserved a point. We put in a very tidy performance, which we can be proud of. We played some nice football and controlled the game for large spells.

“However, we weren’t clinical enough in front of goal, whereas Leipzig made the most of their few chances. Although we weren’t rewarded for our effort, the match gives us some momentum for Thursday.”

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Hertha Berlin 0-3 VfL Wolfsburg

Ante Covic: “We pictured things going differently today and wanted to build on the point we won in Munich. Unfortunately we couldn’t do that. We put a lot into the first 30 minutes and tried to steer the game back in our favour even after going 1-0 down.

“As the match wore on, though, you could tell that we lost belief. At the end Wolfsburg ruthlessly exploited the gaps that opened up. We did a few things well, but we can play a lot better.”

Oliver Glasner: “We’re obviously very happy to have beaten a strong Hertha side. We had a few problems in the first 15 to 20 minutes and although we went in front we didn’t really get into the game. We made a few minor corrections during the hydration break and from that point on we were able to get a grip on our own defensive performance.

“Aside from one dangerous chance in the second half, we didn’t give them any opportunities after that. We looked threatening on the counter and killed the game off towards the end.”



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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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