Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 5: 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.

Schalke 2-1 Mainz

David Wagner: “I think we started the game well. We played okay in the first half and we were good value for our lead. We set up with a 4-3-3 and looked to keep the ball against their diamond. It worked well and we won a lot of second balls. The second half wasn’t good enough for 40 minutes. We lost possession too much and were nervous. There wasn’t any room for us to gegenpress as we lost the ball too quickly.

“Mainz played well and deservedly got their equaliser. There was a lot of energy in the stadium in the last five minutes and the Nordkurve really played its part. I could really sense the belief that we could win the game – and we managed to do so thanks to Amine.

“We were lucky to win the game, as it wasn’t a particularly great performance. Good luck to the Zerofivers for their next few games.”

Sandro Schwarz: “Congratulations to David! We played two very different halves. Schalke started on top but after about 20-25 minutes we started to play a bit better. We just weren’t precise enough on the counter. We then completely dominated the second half.

“We found space and then found the equaliser. It’s annoying that we didn’t defend better against Harit’s outstanding solo performance and now we have to drive home empty handed.”

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Bayern Munich 4-0 Köln

Niko Kovac: “It was a really good performance today, especially as we only had 72 hours to recover from [the Champions League match against Red Star Belgrade on] Wednesday. Köln did well, it wasn’t always easy to find the right solutions.

“We were better in the second half, we created good chances. 4-0 sounds a bit high, but actually we could have scored a goal or two more. Seven goals this week is something we can build on.”

Achim Beierlorzer: “4-0 feels extremely harsh on us. We’d really gotten into the game by the end of the first half and had some good shooting chances. Bayern scored three minutes into each half, we weren’t awake. The second goal from the corner hurt us badly. The penalty and the sending off turned the game completely in Bayern’s favour.

“A lot has to go your way in the course of the match if you’re to come away from here with a result, but the way we played today gives me encouragement for our forthcoming matches. I’m gutted about us not scoring at all today.”

Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 Union Berlin

Peter Bosz: “After three games without a win, it was important for us to get these three points today, that was the only goal. We started very well, had a high ball speed and put a lot of pressure on them. We scored three goals in this period- one of which unfortunately did not count. In the end it was clear that it was our third game in a week.

“After the red card (against Union’s Sebastian Polter) I would have wished that we’d scored one or two more goals, which unfortunately did not happen, but I’m still satisfied with our overall performance.”

Urs Fischer: “It was a deserved win for Leverkusen. For the first 25 minutes, I was a bit disappointed as our performance lacked all the quality we had previously shown. We lacked the mentality, were sleepy, and not up for it.

“We tried to level it after half time. 2-0 can be a dangerous scoreline, but we made it difficult with our third red card in five matches.”

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Freiburg 1-1 Augsburg

Christian Streich: “We got into the game well and didn’t have many chances. We are not satisfied with the result because we were not efficient enough. But of course our opponents were good too, so we can live with only getting a point.”

Martin Schmidt: “Going into the break at 1-1 was certainly flattering, because Freiburg had the upper hand for much of the first 30 minutes. But in the half hour after the break we found lots of space and really earned that point.

“Freiburg definitely had two or three good chances, but luck was on our side. That does not change the fact that this point was deserved.”

Hertha Berlin 2-1 Paderborn

Ante Covic: “We knew going in to the game that it wouldn’t be easy, but it was about getting the win. We weren’t really in the game in the first half, even after Dilrosun’s goal.

“We addressed a few things at half time and came out much better. It was annoying to concede right after we made it 2-0 because we couldn’t be comfortable. In the end though, we’re happy with the three points.”

Steffen Baumgart: “It was an intense match. We were on the front foot for much of the game but we didn’t take our chances. I thought we played well overall, but we made too many little mistakes though which cost us. Congratulations to Hertha.”

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Werder Bremen 0-3 RB Leipzig

Florian Kohfeldt: “I have a lot of respect for how my team played today. Of course RB had more of the possession, but we gave everything we had. Over the course of the game we had the better chances, such as Davy’s opportunity in the first half. We were up against a top side today and ultimately deserved to lose.

“In recent weeks we’ve picked up important points in Berlin and against Augsburg with a decimated team. I assume that some players will come back next week. Philipp Bargfrede is back, Maximilian Eggestein is back, Ömer Toprak and Sebastian Langkamp are possible candidates to return. Milot Rashica was on the bench today, but I would only have brought him on in an emergency.”

Julian Nagelsmann: “We weren’t at our best defensively in the first half; we needed to be more dominant. We weren’t commanding enough so we need to work on that. It was good to see us taking advantage of set pieces for the first two goals. It was easier for us after the goals.

“We improved in the second half and had more control of the game. We have practiced set pieces but it wasn’t all rehearsed – you have to let the players come up with their own ideas.”

Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1 Fortuna Düsseldorf 

Marco Rose: “The victory is massive for the fans and the club after Thursday’s result and ten home games without winning. I think we thoroughly deserved it. Credit to my team – they showed the right mentality and character at the end there. We didn’t work hard enough on and off the ball in the first half, but we did things better after the break. To have reacted the way we did is a crucial factor in football, although we did actually have two or three great chances in the first half too.”

 Friedhelm Funkel: “It’s a very frustrating and avoidable defeat from our point of view. We needed that second goal. Gladbach grew into the game and we started to make too many mistakes. We lost the ball to quickly and we didn’t look great for their goals either. It’s a shame that we let the win slip away after such a good first 45 minutes.”

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 Borussia Dortmund

Adi Hutter: “For 35 minutes we weren’t in the game and struggled. BVB could have put it to bed in that period. Huge credit to the team for the way they fought back despite having little recovery time. The draw soothes the wounds of the last week. Seven points is OK, we’re on track.”

Lucien Favre: “The late equaliser at 2-2 is regrettable, but we had opportunities ourselves to score more goals. We didn’t do that. There were spells in which we didn’t play well. The opportunities were there, but we need to get in behind with the right acceleration and keep the ball better. We dominated the match and scored a goal after 10 minutes. Then you need to build on that.

“In the second period as well, we had big chances we didn’t take. You can’t completely dominate a match for the full 90 minutes. All in all it was okay, but not good enough. It has nothing to do with mentality. We created a lot of chances but the final or penultimate balls weren’t good.”

VfL Wolfsburg 1-1 Hoffenheim

Oliver Glasner: “I’m satisfied with a point today but I’m not pleased with the performance. We did all right in the first half after a difficult opening. We took control of the game after their early goal and scored a wonderful equaliser. In the second half we conceded far too many chances and made too many mistakes.

“We gifted Hoffenheim possession too often and when your last man loses the ball twice at the end, you have to be happy with the draw. In those situations I expect more consistency and responsibility from my players.”

Alfred Schreuder: “I’m very pleased with our team’s performance. Wolfsburg are strong opponents and aren’t in the Europa League by chance. We did well in the first 15 minutes but switched off during a period of VfL pressure when they started to pass the ball well. We were fortunate not to concede a second when Brekalo was penalised for handball.

“I told the lads at half-time that we weren’t doing enough. We did well in the second half and had three or four good opportunities. We could have won the game at the end, but I’m still happy with the team’s improvement.”

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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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