September 23, 2017

Bundesliga Weekend Wrap: 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.

Bayern Munich 3-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Carlo Ancelotti: “It was a difficult match. We scored early but didn’t defend well then. We allowed too much space between the lines. It happens at this point, we have to improve. We have to be compact. Hummels had a stomach problem, Müller’s substitution was a tactical decision. We wanted to change the system.”

Heiko Herrlich: “It never feels great when you lose, but I think we don’t have to be ashamed of our performance. We attacked with courage and created a number of chances. Taken altogether we can be satisfied with the chances but we have to use them. The victory for Bayern is absolutely okay.”

Hoffenheim 1-0 Werder Bremen

Julian Nagelsmann: “We were extremely good in the opening 20 minutes today, winning the ball back quickly and enjoying some unbelievable spells of pressure. We should be making it 1-0 with Kerem Demirbay’s chance.

After the break our pressure was even more intense, and Bremen no longer had their counterattacking outlet. The goal was lucky, but the win was not lucky. It’s extremely difficult when the opposition sits so deep. There are very few teams in Europe who can create numerous chances in these situations. I can only complement the team for their efforts until the very end.”

Alexander Nouri: “We found it very difficult in the first half. It got better. We attacked well in parts as well. After the break we lacked an attacking outlet. We defended well but in the end we were not-undeservedly beaten. With a bit of luck, we might have left with a point. The goal falling how it did was unlucky.”

Wolfsburg 0-3 Borussia Dortmund

Andries Jonker: “We had high hopes for our home opener against Borussia Dortmund, but after just ten minutes, I could clearly see that BVB were simply better and had the superior players on the pitch. Our response to that, in looking to defend compact and aggressively, didn’t function. We duly went into the break trailing 0-2.

“It wasn’t good, but we got a grip on ourselves again – even after the 0-3. One of the few things that did please me is that the lads continued to battle right to the final second. The 0-3 score-line is disappointing but, considering how the game went, justified.”

Peter Bosz: “I am really satisfied. 3-0 In Wolfsburg is a great result! Overall it was a very good team performance. Christian Pulisic is still very young, but did really well today – and not just because of his goal. He was all over the pitch, created lots of dangerous situations and played really well.

“The same is true of Mario Götze, a similarly brilliant player. Mario hasn’t played for some time, and so we need to be patient. It is important that he remains healthy and gets game time. But you could see his quality again today.”

Hertha Berlin 2-0 Stuttgart

Pal Dardai: “The first game of the season is never easy, but we have the three points so I am satisfied. We were much better in the second half, but we seemed to get more unsure of ourselves with each goal. I am so pleased for Leckie, he has settled down so well here. Hopefully he’ll continue to kick on.”

Hannes Wolf: “In the few scenes in which we didn’t defend well today, we lost this match. Hertha had no clear openings in the first-half, so the 0-0 score-line at the break was justified. After the 0-1, we had two or three chances to equalise, but failed to take them. Even after the 0-2, we had clear chances, which makes it very frustrating that we are leaving here empty-handed.”

Hamburg 1-0 Augsburg

Markus Gisdol: “It is nice that we have started with a win. That will do us good. We really fought and perhaps at the end allowed too many chances against us. But right now I don’t care.”

Manuel Baum: “We are upset about the result as we deserved at least a point. We just have to pat ourselves down and get over it. We didn’t defend well enough for their goal but, aside from that, our mentality and performance were good. We just need to get the goals our performances deserve. There were lots of crosses into the box but we didn’t do anything with them.”

Mainz 0-1 Hannover

Sandro Schwarz: “We played well in the first half – we were really active and made lots of effective tackles. Unfortunately, we didn’t convert our chances. We prevented their counterattacks well, so that we were never really in danger of conceding.

“We tried everything to get in behind them but we didn’t always play the right way to do it. Of course, we’re very disappointed with the result but we can take lots of positives from this game.”

André Breitenreiter: “Everyone can imagine how happy we are as a promoted club to get the three points today. We were tactically very disciplined against a stronger opponent. Sure, Mainz had more chances but we defended well.

“We had several counter attacking chances later on and we managed to take the lead with the second one. We defended passionately after that to secure the ball in the important challenges.”

Schalke 2-0 RB Leipzig

Domenico Tedesco: “In the first half, we tried to press as much as we could. However, a lot of the time, we were too slow to close down which meant we had to defend deeper. Leipzig were able to create chances on the overlap but we do know how to defend and it’s the main reason we won today.

“We fought well, defended superbly, created space and worried about finding space not the man. These are all things we need to continue to do for the rest of the season. Everyone has worked hard for this win. We all deserve it. I’m happy and confident ahead of the upcoming fixtures.”

Ralf Hasenhüttl: “Congratulations to Domenico Tedesco and Schalke 04. All I can say about my team is that we put in a lot of effort but we didn’t deserve to win. That being said, we didn’t have a bad first 45 minutes. We acted like we were at home but you don’t get anything from simply having possession of the ball.

You have to be able to make that final decisive defence-splitting pass but it didn’t happen today. We had many good phases but couldn’t break through Schalke’s defence.

“The penalty came just before half time. It’s difficult to go in at the break having just conceded. In the second half, the opposition defended deeper and tighter. We tried as much as we could but we were unable to score and, simply, that’s why we lost.”

Freiburg 0-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

Christian Streich: “It was a difficult game. In the second half it was better. It was a close game and perhaps Frankfurt had one or two more chances. I am happy with the point.”

Niko Kovac: “It was an intense game of football. The team put in a good display. Unfortunately we were unable to use our numerous chances. We should have left the pitch as winners.”

Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-0 Köln

Dieter Hecking: “For the first game, it was a good game, a hot-blooded derby. I would have wished that we could have taken the lead sooner after our numerous chances. We had phases where we had to work hard at the back. After 70 minutes our game was in a bit of a hole, but the team really wanted to win and you saw that.”

Peter Stöger: “We played a decent game, but the better team won. The Gladbacher had more chances and were always dangerous. Our coordination in the back line didn’t always work. At the end it was better.”

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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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