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.
RB Leipzig 2-0 Augsburg
Ralph Hasenhüttl: “We were tactically disciplined and have kept two clean sheets in a row now. That isn’t easy to do against a strong team like Augsburg, and we played very well in that phase of the game. We could have killed the game off much earlier, but I’m still very happy with how we played tonight.”
Manuel Baum: “Leipzig absolutely deserved to win. You could really tell that we were playing against one of the best teams in Germany. We didn’t have our best day today and didn’t play well enough in all phases of the game. So the loss was the right result.”
Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Hamburg
Peter Stöger: “It was a difficult match against a well-organised opponent, to whom we gave chances because in some phases our passing was too slow or not accurate enough. There were positive elements to our game as well: when things are tough, there must be a willingness to work hard. I had the feeling that the lads really put a lot in to get into the lead, even if not everything worked. It was a small step in the right direction.”
Bernd Hollerbach: “We knew that we would be coming up against a lot of speed. We were very well organised, gave away little and consistently attacked with courage. Dortmund went 1-0 ahead with the first chance of the second half – after that it was a different match. We had to make attacking substitutions; it was an open exchange thereafter. It could have finished 1-1 too.”
Hoffenheim 4-2 Mainz
Julian Nagelsmann: “We were a bit stronger than Mainz in the first half, but the big chances weren’t coming. Mainz became a little more dangerous towards the end of the first half – we really needed that second goal. At half time we set out to make some changes and decided to keep the putting on the pressure, never letting up.
“We did exactly that and we did it well, we created a lot of chances, even though none were clear-cut. I noticed in training this week that the lads were determined and it was clear to see when Kramaric scored his first: he kept snatching at the ball until it went in. The second goal we conceded was unfortunate and it made things tense at the end.
“I think we could all see how relieved Andrej was after his second goal – a real weight off his shoulders. I’m pleased for him and for Adam that they bagged a brace each.”
Sandro Schwarz: “There weren’t many chances in the first half. Hoffenheim hit the post after three minutes and Yoshinori Muto had a great chance with a header, but there weren’t many other big opportunities for either side in the first 45 minutes, so 1-1 was the right score going into the break.
“Hoffenheim started the second half very well and put us under pressure. They deserved their second goal and unfortunately we conceded a third shortly after. But we reacted well and scored to make it 3-2. We then had the feeling that we could come back and take something from this match, but the free kick ended the match at 4-2. We were defensively well-organised in the first half, but we weren’t assertive enough in attack in the second half.
“The thing is we won’t win many games conceding four goals. You can win games scoring two away from home. The loss is frustrating, but deserved.”
Eintracht Frankfurt 4-2 Köln
Niko Kovac: “It was a very good display from my team. We responded superbly to conceding the equaliser. That tells you all you need to know about the mentality of the group. It’s a very important win and having 36 points on the board is great. We want to keep improving, though.
“We had three games this week, but that just underlines our excellent spirit and willingness to fight. I’m proud of my boys; they never give up and always believe in themselves. We’ve got some really good footballers, too. The whole package makes us stand out.”
Stefan Ruthenbeck: “In the first half we were too passive, because I wanted to sit a little deeper. The plan was the wrong one. After the break the game seemed to tilt. It’s now time to process the game and we will carry on fighting even if now we have one game less.”
Bayer Leverkusen 0-2 Hertha Berlin
Heiko Herrlich: “Congratulations to Hertha. I think that the result is in order. Today you saw that one or two players lacked the freshness of mind. Straight after we switched to a back three Jonathan made the error. He was relying on Henrichs being behind him. It was simply a judgement error. Somehow I had the feeling that we could have played another hour today and not scored.”
Pal Dardai: “We wanted to be cheeky. We took advantage of the fact that the opponent played 120 minutes during the week. With pressing you can put the opponent under pressure and take points. The guys have shown hunger and great tactical discipline right from the start. The indirect free kick could have been utilised by the opponent, but overall, we deserved to win.”
Hannover 2-1 Freiburg
Andre Breitenreiter: “We dominated the game in the first half and today we had the efficiency. We did not concede much until the 75th minute, then we got a bit too deep, but with the support of the whole stadium we got all three points. That was a big step up to 31 points.”
Christian Streich: “We lost the ball too much, made too many basic errors and didn’t use the chance to go 1-0 up. In the second half we played better football, but in the end it wasn’t enough.”
Bayern Munich 2-1 Schalke
Peter Hermann: “I think Jupp Heynckes was most engrossed in front of the TV. He texted me, I’ll have to call him. Congratulations on the victory, he said. It was a very tough match for us. Schalke pressed very well, they were always alert. Congratulations to the team, what they’ve done over the last few months is very good.”
Domenico Tedesco: “First and foremost, I’d like to wish Jupp Heynckes a speedy recovery. I hope that he gets over his flu quickly and will be back on the training ground soon. Congratulations to Bayern on the victory after a lively game from both team.
“We had a big task on our hands. We wanted to show a certain level of physicality against Bayern’s strong, technically good central defenders. Also to help us win the second balls. We also wanted to keep possession and keep the ball moving. Our decision making was good.
“Overall, it was a very bold performance, not just defensively, but also in attack. That’s so easy against Bayern Munich. Our opponent played cleverly and countered well. In the final stages, they took the heat out of the match with their calmness and smart pay.
“They did everything well in the decisive moments. In the end, we can take many positives from this game, but no points. If we continue playing like this, it‘s just a matter of time before we will start being rewarded for such performances.”
VfB Stuttgart 1-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Tayfun Korkut: “We managed to put the cherry on the cake after last week’s point. We rewarded our superb start with a great goal and we had control of the game until midway through the first half. After that it got more and more difficult with each passing minute.
“After that, we only had a few attacks and realised that we just needed to be focused in our defending. With lots of passion, commitment and enormous flexibility, as a team we were able to hold on to the victory against a top team. I can only congratulate my team for their performance.”
Dieter Hecking: “We have to be honest and say that we didn’t play very well in the first half. To be hit on the break in the fifth minute away from home simply cannot happen. You could tell afterwards that the team were lacking fluidity. We took too long with our passing and weren’t good in possession. It got better after 20 minutes, but we made too many technical mistakes. That ruined several promising chances.
“We tried everything after the break, but despite dominating possession we lacked vigour and weren’t clinical enough to take advantage of our clear superiority. Stuttgart defended with passion and we were too headless as we tried to break them down. We don’t need to beat around the bush to deny that we are currently in a difficult situation.
“Now we need to get our heads up and continue working hard to break this negative run as quickly as possible.”
Werder Bremen 3-1 VfL Wolfsburg
Florian Kohfeldt: “We played very well in the first half, with the early goal and lots of good spells. We defended well, won second balls and created good chances. After the break the plan was to keep playing smartly, but then straight away they got their first real chance, which annoyed me a lot, and then the penalty.
“However, we reacted well in that we didn’t give too much away and took full advantage of the counter. The points were in the bag then. It was a very important home win for us.”
Martin Schmidt: “It’s another game that we’re very unhappy with. The defeat hurts because there were a lot of things we wanted to do today – particularly in terms of tackling and setting the tempo from kick-off – but then we didn’t carry that out and we’re 1-0 down after our first error. We picked ourselves up a bit after that, although we were lucky not to be three or four goals down at half-time after the last 15 minutes of the half.
“Words were said in the dressing room and we demanded a reaction. We had the chance for Victor [Osimhen] and then got the goal back and grew into the game. Then the next error arrived and the game was over at 3-1. We’re not winning the key battles at the moment and that’s why we’re talking about another defeat. Everyone knows that it’s a critical time, now it’s about sticking together and stopping this trend.”
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