Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 19: 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.

Hertha Berlin 1-1 Borussia Dortmund

Pal Dardai: “We put in a very good first-half performance, everything went according to plan. After taking the lead we should’ve scored the second goal, we had the chances with our switch-play. But towards the end Dortmund cranked it up and then it gets tough against the world-class players they have. We’re satisfied with the point.”

Peter Stöger: “The opener was difficult to defend, Hertha did well down the flank. And those balls into the box are always horrible. Selke did well too. We didn’t get into the game as much as we wanted in the first half and didn’t really get at them. We were much better in the second half, found the little pockets of space and were much more in the game.”

Hoffenheim 1-4 Bayer Leverkusen

Julian Nagelsmann: “We played well in the first half and gave them very little – we were the better team. There were a lot of incidents where we switched from defence to attack and had the numbers going forward, then we hit the bar; that could have gone in on another day. We weren’t switched on for their goal.

“The second half was the same story again, we had good chances, hit the post, narrowly missed with another shot – we really needed to equalise here, but instead Leverkusen double their lead with their first shot of the half. We had to commit after that and leave ourselves vulnerable – that’s how they ran away with it.”

Heiko Herrlich: “We’re very pleased to come away with three points here, especially because we hadn’t anticipated such a big victory. In the first half it was a very open game, with both teams enjoying good spells and good chances.

“Taking the lead so close to half time gave us a real advantage, because it gave us much more space to play into in the second half. After the second goal, we had chances to make it three, but were sloppy at that point. Conceding annoyed me, but all in all it was a fair result.”

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Freiburg 2-1 RB Leipzig

Christian Streich: “We didn’t want to be too passive. In the first half we had two or three good counter-attacking situations. We didn’t score from them though. But we are very strong at set-pieces, and then we had one of those days where we could beat Leipzig.”

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “In footballing terms it wasn’t a high quality game. It was clear that we had to be patient. After the lead we all saw what happened. The opponent tried to beat us with set-pieces and again we couldn’t defend them. We are very disappointed.”

Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-0 Augsburg

Dieter Hecking: “We controlled the game in the first half, put the opponent under pressure, and got the goal as a result. There were two or three moments in which we were unlucky to not have got another. Augsburg pushed very hard from then on to get an equaliser. We had to play very well to hold them out.

“Michael Cuisance, who’s still developing, played exceptionally well today. The one thing which we could have done better was putting the game away earlier. I have to extend my gratitude to the fans, who were understandably disappointed after the derby loss, but were in full voice today when we needed them the most. It gave us that little bit extra.”

Manuel Baum: “We didn’t start very well at all, and we weren’t hungry enough when we were pressing them. The Gladbach opener was completely deserved. We created a few chances, but we could never really get past their central defenders effectively enough. Overall, the first half just wasn’t good enough from our perspective.

“Things completely turned around in the second half. We played good football, but weren’t clinical enough. I think that we could have come away with something if the luck was on our side.”

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Mainz 3-2 VfB Stuttgart

Sandro Schwarz: “I think it was a really well-earned victory. We should have taken the lead early in the first half and Stuttgart should have as well when they had their big chance. But our build-up play was great and we found room again and again. We should have cleared the ball and got rid of the danger two or three times when they equalised.

“We showed great character after going behind but our all-round performance was convincing enough to overcome the deficit. We got the equaliser just at the right time, right before the break and we easily got over the disallowed goal. We were certain at half time that we could turn the game in our favour; everyone in the dressing room knew we could do it.

“At the end of the day, we deserved the win after our performance in the second half and the goals followed. The only thing I can criticise our performance about today is that we didn’t completely seal the game off so we conceded a second. However, I’m over the moon about the way we went about the game today.”

Hannes Wolf: “We are disappointed. That was probably our worst game of the season so far here today. We never had the necessary bite in our game. We started the second-half just as poorly as we had done at the beginning of the game, which is why we then quickly conceded. On the whole, we allowed too many chances through and duly deserved to lose.”

VfL Wolfsburg 1-3 Eintracht Frankfurt

Martin Schmidt: “Niko is surely right about the deserved win – not least as we were faced by a ruthlessly effective opponent today. Early in the game, both sides created chances: We didn’t make ours count and then we were twice punished at the other end. They particularly troubled us down the left flank – we learned a lesson there today.

“The game then became very difficult for us. In the second-half we made some changes and had some more of the play. We pulled a goal back through Maximilian, but then shortly afterwards the dismissal put paid to that. Being a man down made the task all the more difficult.

“All-in-all, it was a day to forget for us and for three or four players who failed to play to their potential.”

Niko Kovac: “We definitely deserved to win today but we need to be better at making the most of our chances. We tried to go deep quite a lot and got forward with just a few touches of the ball. That was why we won today but we need to keep working hard.

“We wanted to extend the gap between ourselves and Wolfsburg and the teams below us, and we managed that. Eintracht Frankfurt aren’t just a team who can fight and run. We can play football too.”

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Hamburg 0-2 Köln

Markus Gisdol: “Up until the second goal we were really in the game. We just didn’t get the ball over the line. We have to see that we quickly get ourselves back up. We’re always nearly there, but just lack the goals. From a competitive view, we can’t criticise the players. Of course I’ll carry on.”

Stefan Ruthenbeck: “There were moments when we had problems. We really only had the game under control after the second goal- then we played better and could have scored one or two more goals.”

Bayern Munich 4-2 Werder Bremen

Jupp Heynckes: “We encountered a team that turned in a very good display, attacked boldly for the most part and caused us problems. We weren’t as determined in our moves today, we were too slow in our transitions from defence to attack.

“But winning matches like this marks us out. Bremen turned in a good performance, they didn’t play like a team from the bottom of the table in the relegation battle.”

Florian Kohfeldt: “It was a great match with many chances at either end. All credit to my team after this game. We wanted to play boldly, we succeeded at it for many phases. I’m very annoyed at the defeat because I think we could have taken at least one point. But I’m pleased with our performance, we can build on that.”

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Schalke 1-1 Hannover

Domenico Tedesco: “We executed our plan in the first half, but didn’t succeed in getting into the penalty area. We deservedly led 1-0. In the second half we became passive. We had numerous counter situations- enough for the next three games. But the final pass was too long, too short or didn’t arrive. If you close the lid, then you have three points. Therefore we are disappointed.”

Andre Breitenreiter: “We more than deserved a point. We had five shots to their one in the first half but went behind to deflected shot. We reacted at half-time and were then very dominant. We changed offensively, risked more and it paid off.”

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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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