Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 3: 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.

Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-3 RB Leipzig

Marco Rose: “It was a good overall performance, yet we still ended up on the losing side. We had two or three good chances early on and when it looked like we were going to take the lead, Leipzig struck at the other end. We talked about what we wanted to do in the second half, but then we got caught cold after the break. We were stood too far away from each other. We stuck at it though and got a second wind. We applied real pressure and even had a chance to equalise at the end.

“There was a lot of power and energy in the game, but my lads kept the pace for the full 90 minutes. That’s a good sign, but we still lost 3-1, which shows that there are still things we need to improve. Strength in the tackle is something we need to work on. All in all though, it was a solid display.

Julian Nagelsmann: “I thought that Gladbach were the much better team for the first ten minutes or so. We really struggled and were lucky that Plea’s chance didn’t go in. I thought it was a really feisty and interesting match after that and neither side was necessarily on top.

“I didn’t think our lead was undeserved and we were the more dangerous side in the second half too, excluding the final five minutes – they were a little nervy. We had some great chances after the break and Yann Sommer made two world-class saves. Overall though, I think we deserved to win.

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Bayern Munich 6-1 Mainz

Niko Kovac: “We were too lethargic until the first cooling break. We didn’t find a reply to Mainz’ aggression, we thought it would be easy. Then our passing was quicker, we lured our opponents into the centre and had good moves on the wings.

“David Alaba’s goal before the break was crucial. It was over when we scored our fourth goal. We go into the two-week international break happy.”

Sandro Schwarz: “Congratulations to Niko and his team. The first 30, 35 minutes of the game went almost perfectly to plan. We were aggressive and defended courageously. We battled hard and created a lovely goal. Nevertheless, Bayern’s individual quality was, as always, plain to see. The free kick just before the break was a prime example of this.

“At the start of the second half I had the feeling that there was still a game on, but they struck first. We then had another period where we could have pulled one back. After they made it 4-1 it was obviously too easy for them to score. We totally fell apart. To lose 6-1 is incredibly frustrating, especially when you consider how the first 20, 25 minutes went.”

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Bayer Leverkusen 0-0 Hoffenheim

Peter Bosz: “It was a case of two points dropped today. I have to compliment my players. It was very hot. We exerted pressure going forward until the end. Although we didn’t have so many goal scoring chances, we were clearly the better team. That’s why I’m disappointed that we didn’t win. For me, it was our best performance of the season.”

Alfred Schreuder: “We’re very happy with the point in Leverkusen. Leverkusen are one of the top teams in the league. And they showed that today. We wanted to close down the spaces and play a more counter-attacking game. The lads did that brilliantly. We had a few opportunities to switch the play.

“We could’ve got one or two goals ourselves. But Leverkusen also had enough opportunities. We’re satisfied with our four points from the start of the season, but there’s lots of room for improvement too.”

VfL Wolfsburg 1-1 SC Paderborn

Oliver Glasner: “It was a very difficult game for us today. Up to the 10th minute, when Xaver Schlager was badly injured, we were doing very well. Then he has to go off and in the same minute, we’re not alert to a quick, deep throw-in. At half-time, we said we wanted to stay calm and we’d get our chances. The players acted on that and got the equaliser. It got a bit wild after that.

“The players were determined to score the winner but then we left gaps at the back and faced two or three very dangerous counter-attacks. Over the 90 minutes, a point apiece was fair. Although we would’ve liked to have won, we can be very happy with seven points from three games.”

Steffen Baumgart: “We’ve seen a very passion-fuelled game, and despite the high temperatures, one with a high work rate from both sides. We conceded the equaliser from our own throw-in but it was important that the lads didn’t let their heads drop, got forward and didn’t sit back. They deserve credit for that. We’ll happily take the hard-earned point today.”

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Freiburg 1-2 Köln

Christian Steich: “Congratulations to Köln. We didn’t get into the game well and lost the ball too much. We had the luck on our side in the last two games. Today we would have been happy with a 1-1, we didn’t deserve more than that. If there had to be a winner, then it deserved to be Köln.”

Achim Beierlorzer: “The victory was extremely important. It just helps to convince us our way of playing football is right. Although it was anything but easy, the team was not deterred. I have a lot of respect for that.

“We made some changes, attacked with three forwards, so we put more pressure on the game. That worked very well, because we had a lot more possession and could play our game. A precise cross and a great individual performance – and you win in Freiburg. How the boys believed in themselves in the second half impressed me.”

Schalke 3-0 Hertha Berlin

David Wagner: “They were extremely hot conditions out there, which made it difficult for both teams. Despite that my boys kept trying and kept running. Although at first this strategy didn’t work, they never gave up and tried again and again to attack dangerous areas so we could force the own goal and make it 1-0. Berlin also had a good chance, and Alex Nübel had to make a super save.

“We also forced the mistake that led to the second own goal. The boys wanted to push themselves to the limit in an effort to control the game today. The build-up play and strike for our third goal was magnificent. The atmosphere was fantastic. You can tell how long people have wanted this win at home and they have also been extremely vocal about it.

“The atmosphere was very important to us. It was clear that we couldn’t have done it alone. We need this atmosphere, this energy. We had both today. That’s why the boys were able to run so much in the temperatures today.

Ante Covic: We imagined that the result would have been different. We knew exactly what we needed to do. Schalke were a bit more dominant at the beginning of the match, without threatening too much in the final third. We had the first chance with Dodi Lukebakio who forced Alexander Nübel into a good save.

“After that, Schalke became more and more dominant. Shortly before half time their dominance produced a result with the own goal – not to blame Niklas Stark. In the second half we again steadied the ship, only to concede another own goal. Then the third goal was a wonder goal.

“In order to take anything from Schalke, you must be clinical. Today we were not. We have conceded eight goals in our last three games: it’s clear therefore what we must focus on in the next two weeks.

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Union Berlin 3-1 Borussia Dortmund

Urs Fischer: “The manner pleased me the most. I wasn’t  so happy with the first 30mins, but we came back. The pressing didn’t take place in first 30. But there’s times where you need to stand firm. It was important to go ahead.

“You can see the team is learning, trying to learn, trying to improve. We’re far away from sending any kind of signal to the league.”

Lucien Favre: “It was the difficult game we were expecting. Our first half was good. We had two good opportunities and quickly equalised at 1-1. I think in the back of our minds we were thinking it’d be like the second half in Cologne. That wasn’t the case. Union continued to play a very committed game, showed a strong physical presence and countered very well upon regaining the ball.

“We should’ve remained patient and not allowed ourselves to be hasty with the score at 1-1; rather, we needed to defend very well. That’s very important. Instead, we became impatient and then conceded an unnecessary goal to go 2-1 down. Then, too, we should’ve remained patient. There was still time to make it 2-2 and perhaps even to win the match. Our second half wasn’t good.”

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Werder Bremen 3-2 Augsburg

 Florian Kohfeldt: “We should have put the game to bed in the first half with a two goal lead. After they equalised to make it 2-2 we remained calm and created many chances. When we took the lead, Augsburg pushed us deep into our own half, so I must compliment them on how they pressured us so intensely. But my lads dealt well with that so I’m very happy, and it’s very important that we were able to take these three points.”

Martin Schmidt:  “We fought for a point until the last second, and no one would’ve expected that after the first half hour. The performance in the second half was good, with a bit of luck we could’ve scored in the closing stages. We didn’t defend well in the first half, we went behind twice, but we came back twice.

“Despite this, we know that we are on the right track, we created chances and now we need to work on defending our goal. If we do that, I think that we can get three points soon. We will take courage and a strong mentality from this game, but also critically analyse our mistakes.”

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Fortuna Düsseldorf

Adi Hütter: “It was an absolute show of strength today. Fortuna did well especially in the first half and were very aggressive in the challenges. We were just too sluggish in many situations, perhaps due to Thursday’s Europa League match. Nevertheless, we improved in the course of the game and at the end kept the three points in Frankfurt. That’s why I’m happy with the performance of my team.”

Friedhelm Funkel: “I’m sitting here with a different feeling than a year ago. We put in our best season performance and were even stronger than in Bremen. Especially the first 45 minutes I liked, in which we were always in the game.

“That Eintracht can then bring on a top striker in Bas Dost, who scored the equaliser, speaks volumes for the club. Of course I’m dissatisfied with the result, but I’m still proud of my team. We were unlucky to lose. “

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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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