December 14, 2017

Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 13: 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.

Hannover 1-1 VfB Stuttgart

Andre Breitenreiter: “I am not happy with the first half- I can say that quite clearly. We got into the game well with the Martin Harnik chance after seven minutes, but overall we were uncompetitive and didn’t win our individual duels. We were too static going forward.

“At half-time we changed the system to a 4-3-3 in possession and that led to us having men over and we were better going forward. It wasn’t a beautiful game, but we created a few chances and deserved the equaliser.

“Stuttgart is a strong team, we saw that even if they hadn’t won any points away from home before tonight. It was important for us to show a reaction after the 4-0 in Bremen and therefore I’m happy with the second half.”

Hannes Wolf: “We played well in the first-half. In the second period we had less of a grip on the game and found ourselves getting pressed back into defence. The penalty was one you can give but must not necessarily award. The team showed a good reaction to the equaliser.

“We had the odd good situation, but were unfortunately unable to score a second goal. Altogether, we have taken four points from the games against Dortmund and Hannover. That’s quite O.K! We will continue to work hard in order to get VfB established in the league.”

Borussia Dortmund 4-4 Schalke

Peter Bosz: “It’s difficult to analyse and take in this match. You just feel disappointment. When you’re leading 4-0 at half-time, something like this cannot happen. Now it’s up to me to build the team back up. We need to continue to believe in ourselves, to set aside the uncertainties. I’m a fighter. I was as a player and I’m the same as a coach. I don’t give up.

“We put in a very diligent performance in the first half and made optimal use of the spaces. In the wing-forward positions, Andrej and Mario were always available to receive the ball too. We used our opportunities perfectly.

“Then we stopped playing football, lost possession far too quickly and didn’t make use of the spaces that Schalke gave us. When you look at the way the goals we conceded came about, it was once again far too easy. If Aubameyang had played the ball to Götze during that one move, it might have been 5-0. Nonetheless, you can’t allow yourselves a half like that when you’re 4-0 up at the break.”

Domenico Tedesco: “It’s difficult to analyse such a crazy game. Both of us head coaches will need quite some time to cut out all the errors made by both sides in this game. If I’m totally honest, I didn’t believe we’d come out of here with a point at full-time given our first half performance. Therefore, it feels even sweeter. From a footballing perspective, our second half was magnificent and I can only praise the players for that.

“Dortmund overran us to begin with. Every shot they had seemed to go in. It wasn’t easy to get over that quickly. The fact that we did that is incredibly impressive. To be 4-0 down in this stadium in this atmosphere after 25 minutes is simply hell. We didn’t anticipate BVB to line up as they did. It was a very clever strategy from our opponents. Therefore, we corrected our line-up quickly with a couple of substitutions. We were a bit fortunate with Thilo’s second challenge on Yarmolenko – it could have been a second yellow on another day.

“In the break, we gave ourselves the target of winning the second half. The fact that we came back and got a point is unbelievable. We’ve shown we have the character and mentality to put on a spectacle. I’m very proud of the whole team.”

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RB Leipzig 2-0 Werder Bremen

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “That was hard work for us. The opponent gave us problems and we didn’t get into our transition game like in Monaco. I am happy that we’ve finally managed to keep a clean sheet.”

Florian Kohfeldt: “We put in a really strong performance against a Champions League team. We won the ball in some promising areas, occupied space and played some combination football. But we want points and we didn’t score any today, which is why we’re disappointed.

“After the Hannover game everyone was raving about our performance, so I don’t see a fundamental problem in our ability to convert chances. Even so, we need to keep working so that we can make the most of our opportunities more consistently. There will be games where we don’t get six, seven big chances like we did today. Then we need to score with our first or second shot.”

Freiburg 2-1 Mainz

Christian Streich: “Mainz were the better side in the first half – no doubt about it. We dealt with the attacks well enough not to concede. My team was very energetic and that was great for us. Mainz were less strong on the ball in the second half and we won a lot of challenges while pressing forward.

“We showed extreme strength of mind and determination today. We were the winners in the end and it was deserved after our second-half performance.”

Sandro Schwarz: “I think we saw two totally different halves today. We controlled the game very well and we were on top before the break, but we didn’t manage to convert that into a goal. We could have gone in front if we had been more consistent in front of goal. We lost possession too easily after the in the second half and we didn’t make use of a few good counterattacking opportunities.

“The first goal was symptomatic. We fell asleep while Freiburg upped their game. We lacked all composure in the final third. The result is just as frustrating as the how the game panned out.”

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Eintracht Frankfurt 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Niko Kovac: “We’re obviously really disappointed. We shouldn’t have lost that game. I don’t enjoy losing. That one moment proved costly. We were caught out of position in the build-up to the goal, but we did well in the second half and could – perhaps should – have got a draw from the game.”

Heiko Herrlich: “I’m really happy with the victory. We realised in our preparation that it would be very difficult to score a goal here. We had to survive one or two precarious situations after the break, but overall the win for us is in order.”

Augsburg 2-1 VfL Wolfsburg

Manuel Baum: “It was an extremely difficult game for us. You prepare intensively for an opponent and then so early in the game, you have to completely alter your approach. In spite of creating two or three good chances, in the first-half we never really got our game going.

“Anyone who plays football, knows how difficult it can be to play against ten men who are defensively well positioned. We launched one attack after the next and, on the whole, we were deserved winners.”

Martin Schmidt: “After just ten minutes, we knew this was going to be a long afternoon. Our lead was a bit on the fortunate side. However, we wanted to defend that advantage for as long as possible – and not just pack men behind the ball. We then continually ran into counter-attacks and basically made too many mistakes. I was disappointed by our passing, but the leg-work and fight we showed was really good.

“On the whole, I am satisfied with the overall team performance. After ten games, we have suffered a blow. Now we have seen everything – from the many draws, the win last weekend and this defeat – and will learn from this. We will continue down the right road – I firmly believe that.”

Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1 Bayern Munich

Dieter Hecking: “We made it a point of emphasis going into the game that we would play with passion. We didn’t give them much space so that they couldn’t play the way that they wanted to and dictate the flow of the game. We also had the luck that you need sometimes to take the lead. Even after we scored that first goal though, we knew that the game was by no means over.

“I would have liked it if we could have had a bit more possession in the second half to wear them out a bit more but we couldn’t quite do that, although it was still tough work for them. We played passionately and fought for every ball. The win feels absolutely brilliant.”

Jupp Heynckes: “We lost the match in the first half, we invested far too little then. We were too slow, failed to up the pace and didn’t really find our rhythm. But it was one-way traffic in the second half. Mönchengladbach only had one chance on the break in injury time and nothing else.

“But they were clever in defence. My team invested a lot, they were hard-running and created some chances.”

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Hamburg 3-0 Hoffenheim

Markus Gisdol: “Thanks for the compliments. It was an interesting game today. We were able to prevent TSG from getting their game going. It was all very tight. Our pressing was very good. Of course, TSG had their chances, but we might also have scored our second goal earlier. Hoffenheim had a lot of attacking danger – that’s why we played with five at the back.

“The team worked the ball well and I think we deserved the three points today. Maybe the third goal was a little unfair on Hoffenheim. We’ve received a lot of praise recently, but haven’t been picking up enough points. It will do us good to get a win and give us some momentum going forward.”

Julian Nagelsmann: “First off, I’d like to congratulate Markus and HSV on a well-deserved victory. We had to take the lead two minutes in. We had a 4-v-1 in the penalty box, but we played a sloppy ball into the centre. Apart from that, the opening 30 minutes were not good. It is so often the way with teams who play in Europe in mid-week. Although we were unlucky when we went 1-0 down.

“After the break we had four or five really good passages of play, but we just couldn’t find that final ball. Perhaps we were lacking a bit of focus. We had enough chances to equalize, but couldn’t produce any really clear-cut opportunities. You got the impression, that we weren’t quite giving it everything to get the win.

“On the other hand, HSV did give it everything, so we deserved to lose. We don’t need to say much about the third goal. I always speak honestly. Right now, we are in a bit of a results-crisis, as we have only won two of our last twelve games. But we can’t afford to dwell on the past. The table actually looks better for us than our form suggests. We need to stay realistic and be honest with ourselves. Being out of the Europa League will do us some good. That sounds strange, but it’s the case, because finally we will be able to train again.”

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Köln 0-2 Hertha Berlin

Peter Stöger: “The seasoned team deservedly won this game. In the situation we are in, it is bitter when you fall behind to a set-piece. It is a real show of strength to accept the situation and to eventually turn the game. We were not in a position to do that, so the win for Hertha is in order.”

Pal Dardai: “We haven’t won in a while. We scored the goals at the right times and that was the big difference between both teams. The opponent was well organisee, but we did well. The team was compact and we didn’t concede very much.”

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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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