Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 24: 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.

Mainz 1-1 VfL Wolfsburg

Sandro Schwarz: “I think we didn’t start well today and we needed a moment to wake up after conceding the early goal. We didn’t have control over the game and we were standing too deep – we weren’t brave enough. However, we had two or three chances before we scored the equaliser.

“We had our best phase of the match at the start of the second half, but we were missing that final touch. We were lucky to not concede from both of Yunus Malli’s chances and when Daniel Didavi hit the post. We then had a huge chance ourselves, which fell to Anthony Ujah in injury time, so it was a fair draw in my eyes.”

Bruno Labbadia: “We started the game really well and were able to implement many of the elements we had set out to. Mainz had a lot of ground to cover, because we shifted the ball around well and played the passes in deep at just the right moments. I was very happy about that. Then we conceded a really stupid goal and you could really feel the disappointment about that throughout the team.

“In the second-half, Mainz shifted their approach forward and applied more pressure. We were unable to relieve the pressure as effectively, but we had a lot of counter-attacks. It’s just a pity we couldn’t make use of them to net a decider.”

Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

Jupp Heynckes: “My team had a good approach to the match today despite the goalless draw. We were very committed. We had gilt-edged chances we didn’t use, especially in the first half. It’s tough against opponents who’re clever in defence. Hertha did a good job. We can live with the point, I can’t blame my team at all. We missed many chances, which is unusual, but days like this happen.”

Pal Dardai: “We put into practice what we had planned in defence. We allowed them space two or three times, it was highly dangerous then. We were very awkward today but failed to finish our counter-attacks resolutely. More wasn’t possible. We have to be very, very satisfied.”

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Hoffenheim 1-1 Freiburg

Julian Nagelsmann: “We dealt with pretty much everything in the first half and managed to find a lot of space in midfield in particular. However, we gave the ball away too easily in the final third. Nevertheless, we attacked down the flanks well, but just lacked numbers in the middle to make those attacks count. Usually we only had Adam [Szalai] in the box, and that wasn’t enough to get a goal.

“Freiburg sat a little deeper after the break, but the timing of our runs wasn’t up to scratch and we weren’t able to take advantage of the extra space. There was the odd chance, but not a clear enough one to be able to say that we ought to have score more goals. We virtually scored Freiburg’s goal ourselves. We’ve essentially thrown away two points today, so I’m not happy.”

Christian Streich: “We worked to the absolute limit today, but once we won the ball, we didn’t play it out of the back the way we’d hoped, and that meant we didn’t create many chances. We didn’t keep our cool when it mattered. It’s still amazing to me how well my team deals with going behind. That’s why we haven’t got too defeats to our name.

“The team deserves huge credit. We have to improve on the ball though, otherwise we’ll run into problems. I’m not happy with the technical side of things today, but I’m happy with everything else.”

Hannover 0-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Andre Breitenreiter: “We didn’t start the first half very well. We looked nervous, definitely not compact enough. Gladbach were breaking on our goal far too quickly. At the break we changed to a 5-3-2 and were much better. We had our opponent under more control.

“I think the game was fairly even in the second half. We could have gone in front with Ihlas Bebou’s chance. But obviously Gladbach had their chances too and the game was decided by a long-range strike. The victory wasn’t underserved, but we could definitely have gotten a point.”

Dieter Hecking: “It was a tough away match, as expected. We knew that Hannover were on a very good run going into the match. They’ve played very well in recent weeks. But we attacked their goal very quickly after kick-off. We had two or three good chances early on, but we were lacking that little bit of luck in front of goal.

“But the boys didn’t let their heads drop. Hannover started much better in the second half and had a really big chance with Bebou. Soon after that, we seized back control of the game and started to create chances again. It took a shot like that from Chris Kramer on his left foot. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him score a goal like that in training. The lads fully repaid the faith shown in them today.”

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VfB Stuttgart 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

Tayfun Korkut: “I really must pay the team a massive compliment. We won today against a side who are not in the position they are in the table without reason. Early in the match, and again after the re-start, we created chances for ourselves and made use of one of them.

“At the back, we defended extremely well and in the end, it was a deserved win. Now we have three further points, which does us good. As from tomorrow, the work continues – we must remain concentrated.”

Niko Kovac: “It was a weak performance from us today. We didn’t put our plan into practice. Stuttgart defended well and had the bit of luck they needed in front of goal. It’s a fortunate win but a deserved one for them.

“We’ve been praised a lot recently so now we have to accept the criticism. But that’s the way it is when you’re Eintracht Frankfurt. We need to move on.”

Werder Bremen 1-0 Hamburg

Florian Kohfeldt: “It was a very intense match, with lots of running and lots challenges. HSV defended with passion, but as the game went on, we gained more control, won the ball back more and gave away very little on the break. Of course the goal came late, but overall we deserved the win. We made everything that we have been building towards in recent weeks count today. A derby win is always special.”

Bernd Hollerbach: “That was a very intense derby. We were the better side in the first half, but we were under a lot of pressure in the second. The result hurts. But we move on. It [Werder’s goal] was definitely offside. There are new contentious issues every week it seems. If it was seen, we would be leaving Bremen with a point.”

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Bayer Leverkusen 0-2 Schalke

Heiko Herrlich: “Schalke’s win reflected the game. Despite that, I feel we played well but didn’t create enough. For the first goal, we defended poorly. We picked ourselves up after that and had a good chance to equalise through Leon Bailey. Of course, the red card played into Schalke’s hands.

“Though we were down to 10, we played riskier football in the second half and Lucas Alario had a good chance. However, it wasn’t to be today. Losing to a rival always hurts but we’ve lots of games to go yet.”

Domenico Tedesco: “In the first half, we played maturely and convincingly. The lads did very well. We lost the ball very rarely. Additionally, we were productive in the final third. As soon as we won the ball, we looked dangerous with it. Guido’s goal was exceptional. It was a beautiful goal and a crucial one too. It’ll do him the world of good as he hadn’t scored for a while. We know Guido’s game isn’t just goals but it’s always good for a striker to score.

“In the second half, Leverkusen were very good considering they were down to 10 men. They were bold and played more and more riskily as the game went on which we capitalised on at the end. Once, Breel’s effort was saved by Leno but the second time we won a penalty which ended any doubt in the game. Sure, our fans can dream about the Champions League but we won’t be – otherwise we’ll lose our focus.”

RB Leipzig 1-2 Köln

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “We started with a very attacking line-up to try to put pressure on our opponent from the off. In the first half, we did that successfully for large parts. However, we failed to put the game to bed. We’re disappointed.

“In the Bundesliga, it’s not good enough to play well for 45 minutes! That was clear as day this evening. Now it’s important to make the right steps going forward to learn for future games. This isn’t the only reason we lost today. We also lacked the coolness in front of goal to see the game off.”

Stefan Ruthenbeck: “I am very proud of my team. To play such a second half against such a strong side in inexplicable. Because of the first half perhaps a win wasn’t deserved, but we got the points and move onto the next final against Stuttgart.”

Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Augsburg

Peter Stöger: “We started perfectly, and then we wanted to keep pushing and go for the second goal. Instead of doing that, we passed the ball around to and fro and kept things safe. We said at halftime that we might as well have taken the goals down given the nature of the match. That is not we want.

“We gave warning beforehand that Augsburg would raise their game in the second half, and that it would not be enough to carry on doing what we had been. Then you’re standing outside suffering as well, because what you’re seeing is nothing like what you had hoped for in terms of temperament and drive. It is certainly disappointing in respect of the situation we are currently in.

“And then when it goes to 1-1, and you have the feeling for another 10 minutes that they will keep pushing for another goal, then the whole thing is totally beyond my understanding.”

Manuel Baum: “We went in to the game wanting to truly play as a team. And we did that. We defended extremely well for the whole 90 minutes with the exception of that one counter attack that led to the goal. We also weren’t afraid to be ambitious going forward.

“As the game progressed, I feared that we might rue missing some of the chances that we had, but we stayed at it and managed to earn a point that we fully deserved. I’m really happy with the point and our performance.”

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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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