Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 4: 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 1-1 VfL Wolfsburg

Friedhelm Funkel: “I’m satisfied with the point and my team’s display. They showed passion, didn’t shy away from the tackles and had the bravery to attack a strong Wolfsburg side.

“We wanted to build on our good performance in Frankfurt and we were able to. We’ve now played against three teams that are in European competition and can be happy with the four points we’ve earned.”

Oliver Glasner: “At the end of the day, a draw is a fair result but I’m not entirely satisfied with our performance today. It’s hard to get something from a game in Düsseldorf if you only win 43 per cent of your challenges. We often looked dangerous going forward, but we lacked that last bit of precision to carve out more chances.

“We’re going home with a point and we can live with that, but if we’d played to our best then we could’ve won here. It’s good that we’re still unbeaten after four games, but we don’t want to stagnate; we want to improve our performances.”

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Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Bayer Leverkusen

Lucien Favre: “It was 4-0 in the end, and yet it was a tough game. Leverkusen played well and were dangerous. If they had scored, you don’t know what would have happened. We defended well, and that was necessary today. We were patient, and defended when we needed to defend.

“We knew that Leverkusen would have plenty of possession. A few months ago, in our 3-2 victory, it was similar. You have to stay calm; the team stayed calm. We did not make any big mistakes and It was important to keep a clean sheet. We can play possession football, but we can also counter play. We did that very well today. ”

Peter Bosz: “Congratulations to Lucien Favre. Dortmund deserved to win today. 4-0 is perhaps a bit high, but we did make too many mistakes today. In the end, we weren’t even a team anymore. We were much too open.

“I made some attacking changes in the end because I had the feeling that something would still be possible if we’d made it 2-1. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen and obviously, there was a big risk there with so many players in front of the ball.”

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Köln 0-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Achim Beierlorzer: “We made too many little mistakes in the first half and allowed our opponents to play their game. We started to nullify them more in the second half and had some good moments of our own. Yann Sommer made some top saves though. I’m happy with how we fought in the second half, but obviously not with the result.”

Marco Rose: “My team played magnificently in the first half. They were courageous and dictated the game, and we probably should have led further at the break. We dropped off a little in the second half and didn’t defend Köln’s long balls as well. There were some nervy moments, but I think all in all we deserved to get the win for our fans today.”

Mainz 2-1 Hertha Berlin

Sandro Schwarz: “We saw two different halves. We had a lot of control in the first, took the lead at just the right moment, but there were also one or two mistakes that Hertha took advantage of. We threatened several times, and then we made it 1-0 after a good break. On the whole we didn’t play well enough the break though, and we didn’t finish consistently on the counter attack, which is why they were able to make it 1-1.

“In the last few weeks, reacting to setbacks has often been a topic in the dressing room, so to strike back after their well-deserved equaliser was fantastic. The momentum was on our side in the end and it was an emotional victory today!”

Ante Covic: “Sometimes sport can be hard to fathom. We wanted to show a different side to our game than the one we showed against Schalke and we succeeded. Even though we didn’t have much possession in the beginning, we could have taken the lead. Shortly before the break the clean sheet went out the window, so we had to throw everything at them after the break, which we did.

“We had big opportunities to score, but we need to work on our finishing. It was a contested game between two teams, who both wanted to start differently. After we got the equaliser we should have come away with something. We have to be more diligent now and move on.”

FC Augsburg 2-1 Eintracht Frankfurt

Martin Schmidt: “It was a game of two halves. We wanted to win the ball and then counter quickly. We did a lot of work on this over the week and it showed in the first half. We struggled after the break. But we held firm and defended the flanks courageously and diligently.

“Getting the victory is nice but we can’t rest on our laurels because we still have a lot to do. You can see that a fire has been lit and the confidence will come soon. Our goal now has to be to keep a clean sheet in our next game.”

Adi Hütter: “We were asleep for a lot of the first half and deserved to be 2-0 down at half-time. Even though we had good opportunities with Goncalo Paciencia’s effort that hit the post and Daichi Kamada’s shot, our defending for the goals and in transition generally was poor. It’s very rare for us to be as naïve as we were in that first half.

“That’s why the reaction after the break pleased me. We were a very different side in the second half and were much more dominant. Overall it’s frustrating to go home with nothing. I’m sure we’ll see a very different game on Thursday.”

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Union Berlin 1-2 Werder Bremen

Urs Fischer: “Football in general will be fairer with VAR. But today was too much discussed. After the long wait with the penalty and the 0-1 setback, you need a certain mentality. We came back into the game. It was a very even match. A very unnecessary 1-2 was conceded. We put pressure towards the end but then little football was played.”

Florian Kohfeldt: “I would like to give the team a huge compliment. I am very proud. I can’t emphasise enough just how important this is.  There were lots of obstacles for us to overcome today but we managed well. We limited them to relatively few chances and defended well on the whole. As a result, we were able to apply some pressure of our own.

“It was a great experience to play here, dealing with the fans, the stadium and the atmosphere. It’s what football’s all about. I am looking forward to playing here again next season.”

RB Leipzig 1-1 Bayern Munich

Julian Nagelsmann: “We didn’t really have a grip in the first half, Bayern enjoyed much more time on the ball. Things went better in after the break, we had more possession and some chances. At the end of the day the draw may be a bit lucky but not necessarily undeserved.

“It’s important to have domestic stability before going into a ChampionsLeague  match. We can now travel to Lisbon feeling good ahead of our match against Benfica.”

Niko Kovac: “We played sensationally in the first half, it was our best performance so far. We didn’t allow them anything but should have made more of our dominance. We made life difficult for ourselves after that. We shouldn’t have conceded the penalty after losing the ball. Leipzig changed their formation at half-time, we should have been more compact in midfield. It was an open contest then.

“At the end of the day the result is annoying. We had more chances, we played well but unfortunately squandered two points. We’re looking at the bright side of the game: we turned in a really good display.”

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Hoffenheim v Freiburg (Sunday)

Paderborn v Schalke (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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