December 14, 2017

Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 14: 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.

Freiburg 0-0 Hamburg

Christian Streich: “There are too many games in which we have huge effort and a good structure, but we do not have enough precision in the end, which is a shame. I’m so happy with a lot of things, but when you play with so much pressure then you have to be better in front of goal- that’s our problem.”

Markus Gisdol: “We wanted to try everything to keep a clean sheet. We knew it’d be a tough game. We fought well but lacked the necessary quality. We’re happy with the point.

“There are, of course, many things we can do better, but it was important for us to score points away from home again. What we make out of this season is mostly down to us. We now want to give everything in the last 3 games until the winter break.”

Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Borussia Dortmund

Heiko Herrlich: “The disappointment is huge. We controlled the first half and he should have made it 2-0. The red card is in order. The fact that we had so little ball possession is down to playing a man short.”

Peter Bosz: “I was not happy with the start, we didn’t play good football. Unfortunately we had to deal with serious injuries in the first half. It doesn’t look good foe either player. With a bit of luck, we could even have won.”

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Bayern Munich 3-1 Hannover

Jupp Heynckes: “There was too much space between the lines in the first half.  Hannover were very well-organised, we had problems when they staged counters. We were in command and controlled the rhythm in the second half. We had lots of chances, unfortunately we didn’t take them. But I think the victory and the margin were deserved.

“Taken altogether I’m satisfied: Thomas Müller played after a long spell on the sidelines, Kingsely Coman was injured for two weeks, Jérôme Boateng is slowly but surely recovering his usual form, so I’m optimistic for the remaining matches.”

Andre Breitenreiter: “Congratulations to FC Bayern and Jupp Heynckes. We turned in a respectable display, we were well-organised especially in the first half. We staged good counter-attacks at times, unfortunately we didn’t make the most of them.

“We wanted to be awkward opponents in the second half too. Our keeper thwarted many chances. At the end of the day Bayern’s victory and the margin were deserved.”

Hoffenheim 4-0 RB Leipzig

Julian Nagelsmann: “We approached the game in a different way to past matches. We wanted to stand deeper and play on the counter, and we had the right players in central midfield on the pitch to achieve that. The key was in defence. We were aggressive and didn’t let anything get by us – something that hasn’t always been the case in past weeks. We also took our chances. It’s difficult to defend against Leipzig; you have to be alert.

“We’ve beaten one of the best teams in the league today. Those are my players. How good this victory feels! This game should now stand as a benchmark for us – regardless of who we play. This is how I want the team to continue.”

Raph Hasenhütttl: “Congratulations to Julian and TSG on the three points and the dominant victory. We were not a strong opponent today and let a lot get past us, which isn’t usually the case. These things happen in football. We need to move on quickly and start again.”

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Werder Bremen 1-0 VfB Stuttgart

Florian Kohfeldt: “I’m satisfied and relieved about the win, which wasn’t undeserved despite Stuttgart’s chances. We had problems in our attacking positional play, partly also in our defensive play and we didn’t execute our counterattacks that well, but we compensated for all of that with our passion. It’s about showing complete willingness, even when not everything is working perfectly.

“Across almost the whole pitch, Stuttgart defended man-on-man, but we were able to open space through one-on-ones once or twice. We carved out key moments and used them – that’s exactly what we spoke about before the game.”

Hannes Wolf: “Of course we’re disappointed with the result. We played well in the first half, controlled the game and had a great chance with Takuma Asano. It was never a foul for the free-kick that led to the goal, but Bremen did well to take it quickly. In the second half I wasn’t as happy.

“We didn’t show enough conviction but even so we ought to have done more with the chances we created. At the end of the day it was an unlucky defeat but there were positives for us to work on going forward.”

Mainz 1-3 Augsburg

Sandro Schwarz: “We started the game excellently and controlled the beginning of the match. We were unlucky not to go ahead when Danny Latza struck the post. During the rest of the first half, we were second to too many second balls. We had several chances, despite the deficit, but we panicked here and there.

“We made changes and tried everything, but it was difficult after we went two down and we had the feeling that we were using the ball well up until the final third. That’s where everything went wrong.

“There was a bit of hope after we pulled a goal back, but that we then conceded a goal right afterwards is symptomatic of the overall performance. If you look over the 93 minutes, it was a deserved defeat.”

Manuel Baum: “I don’t think we started well. Our misplaced passes were the basis for Mainz’s game and we were lucky when the hit the post. We woke up after that. I think the team was very effective in front of goal this afternoon.

“Mainz again made it difficult for us for 15 minutes or so after the break, but we defended in a disciplined manner and I think it was a deserved win.”

Schalke 2-2 Köln

Domenico Tedesco: “In the first half, we were too sluggish and lethargic. Our build up play wasn’t good enough. We struggled to create space and allowed our opponents to hit us on the break. Nevertheless, we scored courtesy of Guido Burgstaller. However, it’s frustrating to give up the lead twice.

“I don’t think our performance was enough to deserve to get the three points. If we were fortunate, we had a few chances that could have snatched it for us but it wasn’t to be.”

Peter Stöger: “It was a good game from our perspective. To get a 2-2 draw against a team like Schalke who have been playing well of late, is a credit to the team. We didn’t start the game well but we worked hard to find a way back into the game.

“The team showed they were ready to give their all to get points on the board. I have to thank the fans who get behind us no matter what in difficult circumstances.”

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Hertha Berlin 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt

Pal Dardai: “We moved the ball around nicely in the first twenty minutes and had a good chance to make it 2-0, however then we gifted them with a chance and Frankfurt brought the score level.

“The second half was a very physical, yet even affair. I blame our complacency for conceding the second goal. The question here is: why did we stop playing properly after twenty minutes?”

Niko Kovac: “We did not start well today. We played badly for the first twenty minutes and fell behind to an early goal. Hertha slacked off a little after taking the lead which allowed us to get back into the game.

“Our performance improved after we got the equaliser. It is never easy to beat Hertha at home; however, I think we certainly deserved to win today.”

VfL Wolfsburg 3-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Martin Schmidt: “We intended to get stuck in straight away and that is exactly what we managed to do. We wanted to come back stronger from our defeat in Augsburg last week.

“We defended very well today and deserved to keep a clean sheet. We are a dangerous side going forward with plenty of players getting on the scoresheet this season.”

Dieter Hecking: “The reasons why we lost today are obvious. We sat back for the first twenty-five minutes and Wolfsburg took advantage and we did not start putting in real effort until it was too late. We created a number of chances and it is a shame we did not manage to draw one back.

“The players did everything they could to try to get back into the game but it is hard to bounce back when you are 3-0 down. All in all, there are a lot of reasons why we lost today.”

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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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