Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 15: 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.

VfB Stuttgart 0-2 Bayer Leverkusen

Hannes Wolf: “We would have liked to have extended our home run. Early on in the tie we lacked the necessary aggression and then we conceded the 0-1 in a situation we looked to be in control of.

“After the break, we looked to raise the intensity and give something back to the fans – which worked very well for twenty minutes. We created chances, but just didn’t take them. We then conceded a second goal from a corner. After that it was difficult to come back. If we had made it 1-1, it could have been a different game. In the end though, it was a deserved win for Leverkusen.”

Heiko Herrlich: “Overall it was a deserved win for us. Sure, we had a phase in after the break in which Bernd Leno kept us in the game. After that we dominated the game and could have scored a third goal.”

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Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Werder Bremen

Peter Bosz: “I don’t feel like the players have let me down.  They are the ones on the pitch, but I am ultimately responsible.  In the first half in particular, we played very badly. That was the worst performance I’ve seen since I’ve been here – not only in footballing terms, but in the challenges too.

“It’s inexplicable.  In the wake of the Real match we spoke with each other about how we wanted to perform against Bremen, about how we needed to win home games like this. I still feel the same way.

“But we hardly managed to put the opponent under any pressure, we couldn’t find the right footballing solutions.”

Florian Kohfeldt: “The boys did brilliantly to follow the game plan and they all supported each other. Some stuff went against us today with the two injuries and the equaliser after the break but the team pulled together to fight back constantly. That shows the character of this team.

“The boys carried out the game plan to the letter in the first half so they prevented Dortmund from having many chances. After the break we reacted to the Dortmund pressure really well. I am really happy with the performance.”

Eintracht Frankfurt 0-1 Bayern Munich

Niko Kovac: “My side played really well against a world-class team. The fact that Jupp [Heynckes, Bayern coach] praised us to the hilt shows just how good we were. We were committed; we never gave up and always believed in ourselves. The difference is that Bayern scored without even creating a chance.

“That also shows how well we played. We’ll move forwards positively now. My team showed they can compete, but in the decisive moment luck just wasn’t on our side. That gives us confidence going into our game on Tuesday.

“It’s frustrating that we haven’t won very much at home so far this season, but we’re working on improving that.”

Jupp Heynckes: “We’ve all witnessed a very tough game against opponents who were outstanding in terms of fighting spirit. That was very hard work. We were on top form for 95 minutes, not as we usually are in terms of footballing class, but in games like that you have to resist and put up a fight, and that’s what we did.

“Being top at the halfway mark isn’t important. What matters is winning and extending our lead. We’ve built up a head of steam over the last few weeks and we’re playing attractive football again. What we see in the standings is very pleasing, as is our lead. But I’m not setting off any fireworks yet.”

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Hamburg 0-0 VfL Wolfsburg

Markus Gisdol: “That game was in our hands. The conditions were difficult and the pitch was very heavy and slippery. Maybe that was part of the reason for us not getting the ball over the line here. Considering the conditions, we did very well in finding footballing solutions and we continually created five to six minute periods of serious pressure.

“We played very well today. In our last two home games we scored three goals on each occasion. I’d be happy to take one of those away and add it today – just because we would have deserved the win. The result is too little for us, but the manner in which we played the game was very good.”

Martin Schmidt: “It was a tough game for us. HSV are a side that press aggressively and leave you very little time on the ball to do anything decisive with. We got stuck in tonight and showed a strong mentality – which was new for us and something we had to become accustomed to – winning second balls, battling man-on-man – above all when under pressure.

“The best we could take from today was the point and knowledge that, when our attack doesn’t shine, our defence is there when it counts. We were a bit lucky in defending to the end and we got off a bit lightly, as our opponents did the job well. I am surely a little happier than my colleague here tonight.

“A point away and home wins – that’s something we can live with, although the lads are not all satisfied with today’s game. Next up is Leipzig and then we must show a reaction.”

RB Leipzig 2-2 Mainz

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “I don’t think we started very well today on the back of an intense Champions League game midweek. After ten to fifteen minutes we were much more active and began to ask questions of Mainz. The first goal was beautifully worked and the second goal was a reward for good pressure.

“At half time we had to make two changes because two of our players were on yellow cards, which is always a problem so early in the game. In the second half we didn’t get forward as much – our fatigue caused us to make mistakes. We should not have given them the corner from which they scored, and we weren’t switched on when they took it. All in all, Mainz deserved the point, so we have to live with it.”

Sandro Schwarz: “Emotions were running high in today’s game. We started well and had early chances to take the lead through Robin Quaison. Then we started playing out from the back and did so really well at times. We made a lot of good runs going forward without giving them many chances at our end.

“Despite this, we conceded the opening goal, but we responded very well. After our equaliser we pushed to take the lead and were unfortunate to be trailing at half time. We played really well at times in the second half, broke through their back line and had some promising chances.

“We had to be very careful not to get caught on the counter. Leipzig missed the opportunity to double their lead and we showed great character to fight back and equalise again. We are very pleased with this point.”

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Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-1 Schalke

Dieter Hecking: “We started the game very well – Schalke couldn’t get near us. The players created good chances, but we were lacking in our finishing on multiple occasions. There were a couple of opportunities to double the lead after we then broke the deadlock.

“Schalke were always going to be more dangerous in the second half, but I think the own goal was preventable. After that, the match was very open. The match was played at a good level and the draw was probably a fair result.”

Domenico Tedesco: “I’m very happy about the manner in which we played today. Aside from the first 15 minutes, we were very good. Our performance was worthy of a point. We controlled large parts of the game and didn’t let much get past us.

“That’s not easy against a team with the likes of Thorgan Hazard and Lars Stindl. At the end, we almost snatched all three points and, with a bit of luck, we could have won but we’ll take a point.

“Before the break, we knew both decisions had been checked by the referee. I think it was definitely a foul on Caligiuri. Our opponents might not see it like that and I understand that. Last weekend, we received a tough penalty decision against us because of VAR. I think you just have to say it depends on your perspective. You can’t definitively say if it was a foul or not. It’s subjective.”

Köln 3-4 Freiburg

Stefan Ruthenbeck: “It is very bitter. We got into the game really well and did a lot of things right. The start went exactly as we’d imagined. Then the game changed as we weren’t as single-minded. When you concede a penalty in the last minutes, it’s very disappointing. There are no excuse. The team gave everything. We lost the game because in the end we couldn’t keep up the intensity. That is a fact.”

Christian Streich: “I thought I was in the wrong movie as we conceded the early goals. Then we switched and got our chances. The team showed enormous will. In the end we were the luckier side. I have to say though: we have also played European football. When you always play in a three-day cycle, and have lots of injuries, that is crazy and that helped us of course.”

Hannover 2-0 Hoffenheim

Andre Breitenreiter: “We’re very pleased with the win because it ends a tough run for us. We’re over the 20 point mark now and that’s a big moment for a newly promoted team. The conditions meant it was a really tough match. TSG’s have a really strong passing game, but they couldn’t implement that this afternoon.

“We played too deep in the first half and were lucky not to be punished for that. Set pieces made the difference today, but overall it was a brilliant team performance.”

Julian Nagelsmann: “Congratulations to Hannover on a deserved win. We started well, but I think the weather played into Hannover’s hands a bit. The conditions don’t suit our game at all. Lukas Rupp had a big chance before the break and then it’s tough to come back from 1-0 down.

“The first was one unlucky – we were playing for offside and it didn’t work. Kramaric missing an open goal is unbelievable and then the 2-0. We deserved to lose today.”

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Augsburg 1-1 Hertha Berlin

Manuel Baum: “We should’ve been much further ahead earlier on, we had so many chances. It feels like a loss because Hertha barely had any chances. We are annoyed with ourselves because we didn’t see the game out. The boys did play well, though.”

Pal Dardai: “We weren’t really there physically or mentally today. We knew that Augsburg would be well organised but we weren’t really at the races after the first 10 minutes.

“Augsburg were clearly the dominant side but the fact that they didn’t add to their lead meant we always had a chance of getting something from the game. We need to dust ourselves down and we’ll gladly take the point back to Berlin with us.”

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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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