Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 6: 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.

Union Berlin 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt

Urs Fischer: “In the end it came down to Frankfurt being very efficient after the break. What we allowed them, they utilised ice-cold. It was a great performance from my team. The reaction that we wanted to show, was shown. It was an even match and a point would have been deserved. The team believed in themselves right until the end.”

Adi Hütter: “We earned three important points. It was a hard fight. The key to the win was that we scored our goals at just the right time. It was important that both strikers scored and that we played well away from home.

“We didn’t do everything right, but my team fought really well. We hadn’t won on the road for a long time, so I’m all the happier to have done so today.”

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RB Leipzig 1-3 Schalke

Julian Nagelsmann: “We were coming up against tough opponents today and had three huge chances early on. We didn’t spread it out wide enough today and went behind through a well-delivered set piece and a penalty.

“It was always going to be tough heading into half time 2-0 down but we kept pushing in the second half and created a few chances.”

David Wagner: “I think it was a really good game today with lots of good things done by both sides. It was played at a high tempo and there were plenty of tackles put in. The lads put so much into today’s game – it was great to watch! Obviously we had a little bit of luck but we still deserved to win. RB showed that they are one of the best teams in the Bundesliga.

“They had the first two clear-cut chances of the game, but we then went ahead through a set-piece goal. We had worked on this in training. Our assistant coach Frank Fröhling is responsible for set-pieces, which is why I jumped into his arms after we scored.

“The way we fought and played on the counter after going 1-0 up was fantastic. Obviously you need a bit of luck, which we had. We managed to continuously hurt Leipzig. We said before the game that we wanted to bring our own game onto the pitch and that’s exactly what we did. The lads ran themselves into the ground right until the final whistle. It was so impressive.”

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Hoffenheim 0-3 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Alfred Schreuder: “I’m very proud of the lads. That might sound strange but that was exactly the kind of football we want to play. We created a great deal of chances but simply didn’t convert them. Defensively too, we were decent until the second goal.

“The team is developing. We need to be finding the net up top. We have to work on that. We need to keep our composure. The team needs time.”

Marco Rose: “We’re obviously very happy today. We’ve improved our points tally in a period in which we’re trying a slightly new approach. It was a difficult match. It was very open in the first half with lots of errors.

“There were many opportunities for us after we took the lead. But there are also some things we want to improve on.”

Mainz 0-1 VfL Wolfsburg

Sandro Schwarz: “We didn’t get the start we wanted, conceding that goal from a corner. After that we were a little out of sorts and we didn’t control the game with or without the ball. We did have a few chances to equalise before the break but we didn’t take them.

“We switched to a 4-3-3 at half time and after that we seemed to have a lot more energy, a lot more crosses and we worked a few corners for ourselves too. The chances were there, they cleared the ball off the line as well.

“It was hard to watch their goal go in from their one corner when he had about ten and couldn’t score. It was an annoying and bitter loss for us, but we came up against a strong opponent and we didn’t really earn a point.”

Oliver Glasner: “We’re really happy with the win against what is a strong Mainz team. I’m proud of the way my team defended today. It was a battle of wills today and we were determined to keep a clean sheet.

“When you put so much in to a game, it’s nice to get the reward. We’ll head home now in great spirits and with three points in the bag.”

Paderborn 2-3 Bayern Munich

Steffen Baumgart: “We put into practice a lot of what we wanted. The way the lads did it was good but it just wasn’t enough. At the end of the day we must admit it’s one or two details that spoil it for us again and again. But it’s about the way we play football.

“My team turned in a terrific display, regardless of the result. After all, we didn’t take on any old team. We ultimately conceded too many goals but the performance was good, so we’ll continue like that.”

Niko Kovac: “We had enough chances to put the game to bed in the first half. We failed to do that, so the game just went as it did. It’s always tight then, such a match can always go awry.”

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Augsburg 0-3 Bayer Leverkusen

Martin Schmidt: “We wanted to be brave and press forward, but the final ball forward was lacking today. We have given a good account of ourselves against a very good opponent but went behind through a stupid own goal.

“After the break, we had another spell of pressure, and also a good chance through Julian Schieber, but the own goal was really the first nail in the coffin today.”

Peter Bosz: “We are very happy with the game and with the result. Augsburg were the first team this season that put us under pressure early on, which we were not expecting and so we had our problems with it in the beginning.

“But we dealt with the issue well enough and managed to get the three points and three goals from the few chances we managed. That is why I’m pleased.”

Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Werder Bremen

Lucien Favre: “We had the chance to win 3-2 or 4-2. The game was okay, but we didn’t command or control it. There was too much to and fro, we took too many risks and lost possession too much. We can play much better. We have to find the balance- of course we’re disappointed today, that is clear.”

Florian Kohfeldt: “At half time we had a quick chat about the wings, because we were too passive there, aside from that we only addressed our possession game. I said they need to trust themselves, because they can do this. I am satisfied, but no more than that.”

Fortuna Düsseldorf v Freiburg (Sunday)

Köln v Hertha Berlin (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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