November 24, 2017

Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 11: 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 here we bring you the best of the Bundesliga trainer soundbites.

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Werder Bremen

Niko Kovac: “Bremen played really well [in the first half]. They were very aggressive and we weren’t in the game at all. In the second half we were the better side and had a number of chances. The result is fortunate but perhaps not completely undeserved on the basis of the second half.

“It was a tough battle. Credit to Bremen, their tactics were very good and they had a great mentality. I won’t be celebrating wildly. Even though we won, it wasn’t all great.”

Florian Kohfeldt: “The team did really well in the first half. After Frankfurt’s wonder goal, we did well to come back and created lots of goalscoring opportunities. We should’ve gone into the break in the lead. Eintracht had more possession in the second 45 and we couldn’t close the gaps as well as in the first half.

“The late goal hurts. The team have a lot of character and I’m convinced that we will find a way to get out of the rut that we are in.”

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RB Leipzig 2-1 Hannover

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “It was a really tricky game, a real battle. We knew it was going to be an intense match so we brought in fresh legs from the start and were then able to bring on quality from the bench. Emil Forsberg and Naby Keita gave us real momentum today. We found a real flow in our football and scored two good goals.

“We had chances in the first half, too, but couldn’t take them. Hannover were well set up and dangerous till the end. It was a hard-fought win. Big congratulations to my team after a really challenging week. We’re looking forward to the international break.”

Andre Breitenreiter: “In the first half we were aggressive and varied our tactics. But we lacked the final pass and were not precise enough in the final third. After the break we not undeservedly went into the lead. We had the chances to score a second goal, which we definitely needed.

“With time, the pressure from Leipzig increased and they brought on some individual quality. We couldn’t defend that. In spite of everything it was a great performance and it’s no coincidence we have so many points.”

SC Freiburg 0-1 Schalke

Christian Streich: “I thought the team did well. Schalke found it difficult in the first half. After Konoplyanka hit the post, we had a number of good chances ourselves to take the lead. However in the second half, we conceded a goal which was very unfortunate but that’s football.”

Domenico Tedesco: “Freiburg were undefeated in their last 11 home games which shows how hard it is to come here and get a result. We’re happy as we got the win but, in the first half, we failed to get a grip on the game and Freiburg did very well.

“At half-time, we changed a few things and did much better afterwards. The game still shows though that we have work to do.”

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Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-1 Mainz

Dieter Hecking: “We struggled to get going today; we weren’t quickly enough with our build-up play or with our thinking. We failed to take control of the game. We didn’t have the right balance and gave our opponents too much space. Mainz worked very well without the ball. We showed more effort, desire and passion in the second half.

“We tried to turn the game around and got our equaliser from a set-piece. We allowed Mainz too much space to counter into after that though and it felt like they were closer to a second goal. It’s frustrating because we pictured things going differently, but we have to live with the point.”

Sandro Schwarz: “My team put in a superb away performance today. We had control of the game in the first half, worked the ball around well and closed down the space. We deserved to go in front.

“After that though, there was a period were Borussia were better, without ever creating a dangerous chance, so we really should have been winning by more at the break. Gladbach put pressure on again though at the start of the second half. We could have won it at the end, but we can be happy with a point.”

Augsburg 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Manuel Baum: “I think we put in a very solid performance against Leverkusen today. I wanted to get at least a draw before the game, so I’m happy. The goal we conceded after the break was avoidable, but the reaction from the team was great see. Kevin showed that it’s okay to make mistakes. Overall, I agree with Heiko Herrlich in that the draw was the correct result.”

Heiko Herrlich: “I look at today’s result as a point won, not as two points dropped. Augsburg also have 16 points, so it’s a good result. We controlled things in the first 25 minutes, were quite fortunate to take the lead, and then Augsburg really started to play well. We were lucky in the end to not have conceded a second goal, but I think that the draw was the correct result overall.”

Hamburg 3-1 VfB Stuttgart

Markus Gisdol: “Right from the start we were in the game, dominated and created a number of chances. For me the yellow/red card was the key point. It was a deserved win – congratulations to the team. Diekmeier was involved in everything we did, my MOTM.”

Hannes Wolf: “We had a good week in training and we had high hopes for this game. We started the match well and even had the chance to take the lead. After the sending-off – and there definitely should not have been a second booking – it was a different game.

“Shortly after the dismissal, we conceded a very unfortunate goal, but after that we can thank Ron-Robert Zieler that it was just 0-1 going into the break. After the equaliser, we were unable to hold HSV at bay. In spite of the defeat, I am happy with the battling attitude of my team. We tried everything.”  

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Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Bayern Munich

Peter Bosz: “We didn’t play like a top team today. Bayern were clearly superior, especially in the first half. We were always chasing them and were too late. We were too far away from our opponents. Our intention at the outset had actually been to be very compact, but that didn’t work – although we did have good chances.

“In the second period we then started to play and were closer, then it was a proper match. That’s what we’re capable of. We gave Bayern too much space inside the penalty area for their goals. That can’t be allowed to happen. There’s still a long way left to go this season to close the gap in the table. My team showed at the start of the season that we can play good football, as we did in the second period today.

“There was one moment during the game where I thought to myself, while sitting on the bench, that Christian Pulisic was our man of the match – together with the supporters. They were still supporting us when we were 3-0 down. That’s quite incredible. As they always do, the fans gave us wonderful support today.”

Jupp Heynckes: “We turned in an outstanding display against a very good team today, especially in the first half. You have to admit Dortmund had very good chances, but Sven Ulreich kept us in the game. The team was 100 percent motivated, we absolutely wanted to win.

“A compliment to my team! Taken altogether it was a superb performance! Four weeks ago you couldn’t have foreseen we’d be six points clear of Dortmund and four clear of Leipzig now. We’ve worked hard for it. We’ll play better and I hope successful football when our injured players return.”

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Köln 0-3 Hoffenheim

Peter Stöger: “The opponent today was just too good. We only had a few chances to change things. Hoffenheim controlled the game over 90 minutes and were clearly inferior.”

Julian Nagelsmann: “I’m naturally happy. We should have led by more after the first half. We deservedly won and did a lot of things right. Overall I saw a very good game from us. A compliment to my team.”

VfL Wolfsburg 3-3 Hertha Berlin

Martin Schmidt: “It is good how we came back after the early setback. We have to talk about one or two things that we did wrong. Aside from that, there is not much to fault, but we need three points soon.”

Pal Dardai: “That was a crazy game. We began strongly, but taking the lead blocked us. Due to the video evidence, there was a lot of restlessness in the game. In the end the draw was deserved.”

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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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