Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 18: 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.

Bayer Leverkusen 1-3 Bayern Munich

Heiko Herrlich: “We don’t need to be ashamed of our display, we went all out for victory and put our opponents under pressure. Bayern were more clinical in the decisive situations. We had our chances but the victory was deserved.”

Jupp Heynckes: “My team did a good job in terms of tactics for the most part today, especially in defence. Leverkusen were very attack-minded so all our forwards had to work defensively. It’s hard to win in Leverkusen. They’re a young, hungry and talented team, and today they were incredibly attack-minded, but I think we did a very good job in defence.”

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Werder Bremen 1-1 Hoffenheim

Florian Kohfeldt: “It was a great game for the neutral, especially in the second half, with lots of chances for both sides. The boys tried a lot, perhaps too much at times. I thought our first half performance defensively was good.

“We neutralised Hoffenheim’s threat for most of it but we weren’t relaxed enough in possession and we didn’t push forward far enough nor was our build-up play good enough. That is much easier to do in an Algorfa training camp than in front of 40,000 people against a tough opponent.”

Julian Nagelsmann: “I can live with a point because of the chances each side had. We were slightly better over 60 minutes, but not by so much that we totally deserved to win. It was a really interesting game. It would’ve been great if Andrej Kramaric could’ve finished off his chance; it would’ve been great for him. Eugen Polanski also had a big chance.

“But Bremen did, too. Despite missing Nadiem Amiri and Kerem Demirbay, we had two excellent “number eights” on the pitch in Lukas Rupp and Dennis Geiger. But of course we’ll have two fantastic players returning when those two are both fit again.”

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Freiburg

Niko Kovac: “We didn’t put the game to bed in the first half. I’m a bit annoyed we didn’t win, because the game was there for the taking. The second half wasn’t as good as the first, but it’s not as if they played us off the park. We need to repeat that good first-half performance for a whole 90 minutes now. That’s what we’re working on.”

Christian Streich: “It didn’t go well in the first half- everyone could see that. We were not competitive. In the second half we won more challenges. I am very happy that we were able to turn a deficit into a draw.”

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Augsburg 1-0 Hamburg

Manuel Baum: “It was a very difficult and uncomfortable game, which we could never really settle into. However, we had two chances from counter attacks in the first half that we should have gone ahead from. Unfortunately, we couldn’t capitalise.

“We weren’t good on the ball today, because Hamburg didn’t give us much space. I’m very satisfied with our defensive performance today though, after we conceded six goals in two games before Christmas.”

Markus Gisdol: “It was an even game in the first half, and we started better than we have done recently. Unfortunately, we found ourselves behind just before the break. There wasn’t much space for either side in general, and we only managed to create chances in the final stages. We know that we have a lot to work on in that regard.”

Hannover 3-2 Mainz

Andre Breitenreiter: “It’s super that we’ve started the Rückrunde with a win. It was hard work. At 2-0 down we showed the character that is in the team. Based on the second half, for me the win is deserved.”

Sandro Schwarz: “In the first 30 minutes we played a top away performance and had everything under control. At 2-1 we then lost our thread and in the end beat ourselves. To come away from this match with no points is very bitter.”

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VfB Stuttgart 1-0 Hertha Berlin

Hannes Wolf: “We didn’t play so well in the first-half. We wanted to play with intensity and courage in attack. We were faced by a clever and skilful side from Berlin, who failed to get a goal from three very good chances. In the second-half, we wanted to play more aggressively, with more willingness to put in the leg-work and more sprints.

“We often got into the spaces, but the final pass then let us down – until the 79th minute. In that situation, we had that bit of luck on our side and the ball dropped in. The second-half was decidedly better than the first, although it’s not as if we played rings around our opponents. On the whole, it was a very important win for us, which we are very happy about.”

Pal Dardai: “We played well in the first-half and created some good chances for ourselves. Unfortunately we didn’t take the lead during that phase. In the second-half, it was a very different game.

“From the 60th minute, the play swung back-and-forth, we made our opponents stronger and then conceded the goal. Maybe we would have deserved a point, but the team who scores in a game like that deserves to win.”

RB Leipzig 3-1 Schalke

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “Schalke were a tough nut to crack. They’re 13 games unbeaten and we hadn’t won in five. We decided to let our opponents come onto us and hit them on the break.

“After the equaliser, I was impressed with how the team upped their level once again and deserved their win. When you can bring on the likes of Yussuf Poulsen and Timo Werner, it helps. I’m proud of everyone.”

Domenico Tedesco: “They deserved to win. We have ourselves to blame mostly. We played well to begin with as we caused problems on the break after winning the ball high up the pitch. The goal we conceded was frustrating, especially so soon after Ralle’s incredible penalty save.

In the second half, we gave the ball away too much and Leipzig made us pay. We have to learn from the loss and we will.”

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Köln 2-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Stefan Ruthenbeck: “After the final whistle, I initially felt a certain bitterness because this team should have a lot more points. We controlled the game for long periods. That was exactly the way we should stand up to a top team. It was a bit lucky, but the passion the team put in was sensational.”

Dieter Hecking: “From our point of view, it was a totally messed-up start. We had the control without getting into dangerous areas. The set-piece for 1-0 saw us fall asleep.

“After the equaliser I would have liked to have had more ball control. But it got really wild and we were punished. It was a totally unnecessary loss. I could have lived with a point, but I cannot live with the defeat.”

Borussia Dortmund 0-0 VfL Wolfsburg

Peter Stöger: “I am not totally happy. We had the better chances, but did not convert them. But we didn’t manage to keep the pressure up for 90 minutes. Today we lacked the coolness and the precision.”

Martin Schmidt: “In the end it was a somewhat lucky result. But in the end a point is good for our self-belief.”

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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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