Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 7: 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.

Hertha Berlin 3-1 Fortuna Düsseldorf

Ante Covic: “The game was a mirror image of the last few weeks. We had a few difficult periods throughout the game but the team believed in themselves and played some really good football.

“The boys were rewarded for their efforts with three fantastic goals. I’m happy for the whole Hertha family; now we can sit back and enjoy the weekend!”

Friedhelm Funkel: “We weren’t able to build on our performances in recent weeks. We couldn’t get tight enough to the opposition and allowed Hertha to come back into the game.”

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Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 RB Leipzig

Peter Bosz: “It was a crazy match. We could’ve lost it in the first half. My guys did much better in the second half and could’ve won it in the end, but that wouldn’t have been deserved.

“We didn’t see as much of the second ball as we normally do in the first half. With the speed of Leipzig, this became increasingly more dangerous. We changed things up and set ourselves up a bit deeper in the second half.”

Julian Nagelsmann: “It was crazy that we didn’t go in to half time three or four up. We paid the price for missing our chances – they scored with their first chance of the second half.

“It happens so often in football – if you miss your chances you get punished. I’m happy with our point total though, and we’ll continue to fight.”

Bayern Munich 1-2 Hoffenheim

Niko Kovac: “We failed to repeat the strong performance from Tuesday. The first half was decent, we had good chances and should have made more out of them, we should have been more determined. We didn’t play well in the second half, we made too many mistakes and never put our opponents under pressure. At the end of the day Hoffenheim’s victory wasn’t undeserved.”

Alfred Schreuder: “I’m very, very proud of my team and the performance of course. We made history today, Hoffenheim have never won in Munich before. We can talk a lot about tactics today, but the lads played with lots of passion, they were bold, and at the end of the day we scored two goals, whereas Bayern scored one.

“Bayern are absolutely top opponents of course, but we must try to win every match, always. We’ve said it all week and lived up to it today. All credit to my team, hats off.”

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Freiburg 2-2 Borussia Dortmund

Christian Streich: “It was about denying Dortmund the space. We didn’t allow them much in the first half, had to run a lot and had three chances. In the second half we saw an outstanding performance from us. I have to say that the equaliser was fully deserved.”

Mats Hummels: “We’re very frustrated. We’ve dropped two points in each of our last two away matches because of own goals. Freiburg didn’t have a single shot today after equalising at 1-1. With that in mind, it was really bad luck for us to end up drawing 2-2, even though it hadn’t been a perfect performance from us beforehand.

“We know that we need to improve. Many will now be away with their national teams. We’d have preferred to go into the international break with a victory. One positive for us is that no team has pulled away. We’re very close in what is a tight table.”

Marco Reus: “The 2-2 is really bitter. At the moment it reflects the way we’re playing, the fact we’re not performing convincingly. So we can hardly be surprised that we’re heading home with a point, which is far too little. Going ahead doesn’t give us as much confidence as it usually does.

“I hope the international break does us good in terms of clearing our heads, so that we can go into the next part of the season with fresh momentum. Then the fixtures will be coming thick and fast; we need to be ready and to perform differently, especially when we take the lead.”

Paderborn 1-2 Mainz

Steffen Baumgart: Congratulations to Mainz. In my opinion they deserved the victory. We gave the ball away far too often. Both goals were very sloppy from us, but I feel we played well overall. We need to be a lot more careful if we want to stay in the Bundesliga. One point from seven games simply isn’t good enough. The boys are determined, but we need to keep working hard to find a solution.”

Jan-Moritz Lichte: “We’re delighted to take home the three points. I believe that over the course of the 90 minutes it was a deserved victory. In the first half Paderborn caused us some problems and we couldn’t get out of our box properly. So they made it 1-1. Thankfully we were back in the lead by half time.

“Overall we had the better chances at the end of the first half, and we should have scored again. Then perhaps the second half wouldn’t have been so tense. After the break, our transition play wasn’t so fluid. We had to keep probing to try and create more clear-cut chances. Luckily we had Robin Zentner in goal for us and he managed to save the penalty at the end, otherwise they would’ve equalised again.”

Schalke 1-1 Köln

David Wagner: “It’s obviously disappointing to concede an equaliser in injury time. I can forget about disappointment as quickly as I can move on from euphoria. I think a draw was a fair result though. We weren’t good enough in the first 45 and didn’t have enough possession. The second half was a lot better though. We should have been more clinical though. We had chances to seal the win late on, but were too sloppy in front of goal.

“We also have to admit that Köln had their chances. It helps when you have an outstanding keeper. Alex made some super saves tonight. Even though we’d rather have won, we will take the point. We saw that we’re capable of putting in a good second-half display despite not playing well in the first half of a game.

Achim Beierlorzer: “This is a really important point and we deserved to win it. We’re really pleased. It’s great that our team is still believing in their qualities despite the start to the season we’ve had. I was pleased with what I saw today.

“We defended as one. Simon Terrode pressed their defence well and Jonas Hector was calm in midfield. I’m also pleased with Noah Katterbach who showed how much talent he has today. This result is an important step in the right direction.”

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Borussia Mönchengladbach 5-1 Augsburg

Marco Rose: “In principle, coaches always have something to complain about – but today I do not want to and do not have to complain. Today we have done a lot right. On the pitch we made a lot of good decisions in and out of possession. We played a very strong Gegenpressing game, worked hard and were especially effective in the first half.

“Overall, my boys played really well. That’s why we are happy about the win. The fact that we also ended up taking top spot in the league is a nice bonus. In the past few weeks, we’ve noticed that the league table isn’t constant, but very prone to change, which is why it’s hard to classify the feeling of being top at the moment.”

Martin Schmidt: You could be forgiven for assuming that we weren’t even there in the first 15 minutes until after the third goal went in. The first two or three goals were all in the same pattern. We let too much pressure get to us and there were positional errors as a result. Our switching plays didn’t work and we didn’t do well in our tackles.

“This is why we need to analyse, because we weren’t expecting a result like this. As a coach and as a player you don’t experience games like this very often. We improved in the second half. We didn’t win it, but we didn’t lose the half either, which was important for the team.”

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VfL Wolfsburg 1-0 Union Berlin

Oliver Glasner: “Union made life very, very tough for us today. They mirrored our formation, drew us into challenges and managed to impose their game plan. It was really difficult for us, but I have to give huge credit to my team for competing the way they did just three days after a demanding match in St. Etienne.

“We knew we wouldn’t get one chance after the other against Union, which makes it all the nicer that we scored following the best move of the game. We’re happy to still be unbeaten and that we’re even second in the table over the international break.”

Urs Fischer: “Congratulations to VfL Wolfsburg, even if the win was a touch fortunate in the end. We played very well, were on an equal footing right from the off and invested a great deal in the game.

“At the end of the day, all that was missing was a finishing touch in front of goal; we should’ve done more with the chances we created. That makes it all the more disappointing that we have nothing to show for our efforts.”

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 Werder Bremen

Adi Hütter: “The pitch was heavy but my team played well and were able to bring their power football onto the pitch. It was one-way traffic in the second half; we would’ve deserved the win. Great credit to my players, who again were physically strong three days after the game in Portugal. In my opinion, it was our strongest performance of the season.”

Florian Kohfeldt: “The second half was too passive, we defended too deeply and allowed Eintracht to put us under pressure. Our performance wasn’t great but we are happy to take away an important point!”

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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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