Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 26: 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 0-1 Schalke

Sandro Schwarz: “Both teams more or less cancelled each other out in the first half and there weren’t too many chances. We didn’t manage to retain possession up front in attack and the match rightly went into half-time goalless. After the break, there were chances for Daniel Brosinski and Suat Serdar, but Schalke managed to convert their first real chance into a goal and we went behind.

“However, we reacted very well, which was partly down to our change to a 4-4-2 formation and also becoming more active on the wings. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to find the back of the net. Today’s result is very frustrating, also because of the potential penalty at the end. Congratulations to Schalke, but there was more in this game for my team today.”

Domenico Tedesco: “We played very differently in the first half compared to the second. In the first half, Mainz played well for two periods and defended well from the front. We wanted to prevent them from doing that as that’s one of their strengths. All in all, it wasn’t the best first half of football you’ll ever see as both sides were aggressive and hard-working,

“In the second half, we played like we too were fighting relegation. We scored a crucial goal thanks to Daniel Caligiuri’s solo effort. In the closing stages, we defended well. Nothing more, nothing less. We can be honest with each other and say Mainz deserved to get something from the game but we held on.”

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Bayern Munich 6-0 Hamburg

Jupp Heynckes: “We got off to a very good start, found our way into the match and scored the first three goals very early. It’s hard for our opponents to change the result if we’re three up at the Allianz Arena. It was important to me the team didn’t ease off and that we didn’t allow any chances. It’s important for the next few matches like the one against Besiktas next week.”

Bernd Hollerbach: “We wanted to play calmly and press early. These things happen if you give Bayern space. The game was over after 18 minutes. You have to be more awkward if you want to take something away here. I wasn’t satisfied with the way we lost. It wasn’t the case in the matches before this one. You don’t need to complain then.”

Hannover 1-3 Augsburg

Andre Breitenreiter: “We wanted to press them high up the pitch today, but we left too many gaps and didn’t win enough challenges. Augsburg proved again how dangerous they are crossing the ball into the area. We were back in it when we managed to equalise, but we conceded the second goal far too easily.

“We showed a clear improvement in the second half, although Augsburg perfectly executed that counter attack and deserved to win when all was said and done. They outplayed us in all areas.”

Manuel Baum: “Hannover are very flexible in attack and defence, which we managed to adjust to very well in the first half. We didn’t just defend well though, but we also created a lot of goal scoring chances as well. This team has never managed to have 15 shots on target in a first half before, so it’s a bit of a shame that we only managed to score twice.

“We shifted the emphasis to our defence in the second half. We really dug in and executed a really nice counter attack for our third goal. We’re travelling back to Augsburg feeling great.”

Hoffenheim 3-0 VfL Wolfsburg

Julian Nagelsmann: “We wanted to play exactly how we played against Augsburg. We didn’t quite start as well as we would have hoped, we didn’t create a lot and so we started to defend a little bit higher, managed to win the ball back that bit quicker and get some more possession. After we made it 1-0, then we really were the dominant side and should have gone in at half time with a bigger lead.

“After the break, Wolfsburg changed things up a bit tactically, doubling up on the wings, which created some problems. In the middle of the pitch we didn’t have a lot of room. The second goal gave us the security we needed. We deserved to win the game today.

“Wolfsburg are a good side and they caused us a lot of problems today. We’re over the moon with the three points and we were glad to put on a good show for the fans.”

Bruno Labbadia: “It’s not good fun standing answering questions today. Until the first goal, we passed the ball round well and kept the tempo as we wanted but after we went down, we totally lost it. After that, we were lucky a few times and were fortunate that the score-line only stood at 1-0 going in at the break. In the first 45 we didn’t get a lot right.

“At the break we told the team that Hoffenheim will be frustrated by the score and that we need to use our chances better in the second half. After the break we improved and had the chance to equal things up but in the end they made it 2-0. Then our heads naturally started to go down, so we needed to react better. The defeat is very hard to take.”

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Hertha Berlin 0-0 Freiburg

Pal Dardai: “We chose to  go hard from the outset, and that used up a lot of energy. We didn’t get the breakthrough in the first half through high pressing. The chances were there.

“We were clearly tired after the break, and from then on it was a mid-table Bundesliga game. It’s a shame we couldn’t end our goal drought, because the boys certainly know how to find the back of the net in training.”

Christian Streich: “We didn’t start well, didn’t get a grip on the opponent and lost the ball too much. Luckily we didn’t go behind. After, our build-up play was better, but we couldn’t string together four or five passes in a row. But what can I complain about? The team is ready to give everything.”

Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Heiko Herrlich: “In both of our games so far against Borussia, there have been phases where we’ve let them into the game. Obviously, we didn’t want to let that happen again this time around. We worked hard, kept our shape and managed the game from start to end.

“It was a big win for our fight for a place in Europe next season. There’s now a nine point gap between us and Gladbach. There are still lots of games to go and we’re just taking each one as they come.”

Dieter Hecking: “You have to say that Leverkusen deserved to win today. They were the better side, were more comfortable on the ball and showed more desire than us when it mattered most. My team didn’t have enough pace on the counter attack to get many shots on their goal.

“What’s more, we didn’t display enough strength in the decisive challenges. We had a couple of good chances at the end, but Leverkusen were deserved winners when all was said and done.”

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VfB Stuttgart 0-0 RB Leipzig

Tayfun Korkut: “It is a good point for us against an absolute top-team. In the end, there could have even been two more in it for us, because we had a couple of chances to decide the match. I am particularly happy about the way we went about this game.

“My compliments to the team for the manner in which they implemented our game-plan from the first to the very last minute. From a coaching point of view, today’s game was played at the highest tactical level. The road to survival is now shorter, but we must continue to gather points.”

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “Both teams neutralised each other. It was competitive, but action in front of goal was lacking. Our main focus was the clean sheet. For that we used up more energy than going forward. It was not very inspiring. We are now two points behind a direct Champions League place. The journey is still long, but we’ll get the maximum out of it.”

Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Eintracht Frankfurt

Peter Stöger: “When you score the winner in the 94th minute, you need an element of luck. For the first time in weeks or maybe even months, we produced a strong first-half performance. We showed that we can play some good football. Frankfurt got stronger in the second period and really used their physical strength to their advantage; you cannot defend against that every single time.

“We battled in the second half. And the spectators could see that. I had the feeling that the lads were giving it absolutely everything that they had – and then sometimes in such situations you get the reward late on if the luck is on your side.

“We’re still not entirely stable, we have a few key players who are not yet capable of keeping up the high tempo for the full 90 minutes having recently come back from long injury layoffs. We fought in a way that we have not always done over the course of the past few weeks. That represents a small step forward.”

Niko Kovac: “It’s obviously disappointing, very disappointing. The game should have ended in a draw. If you equalise in second-half stoppage time you shouldn’t be losing 3-2. We should have kept our composure, but maybe we were a little too ambitious.

“Their third goal was the result of several small errors in our defence. [Jonathan] de Guzman gave us a new lease of life in the second half and added a spark to our attacking play. We fought until the very end and I’m sure we’ll get another one or two wins before the season is out.”

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Werder Bremen 3-1 Köln

Florian Kohfeldt: “The game cost me a year. At first we did not get that deep. But we never lost our calm and then got our chances. All we had to do is play our counter attacks better, then the sack would have been closed sooner. But the bottom line is that we have the three points. ”

Stefan Ruthenbeck: “We have to let that sink first. These individual mistakes are definitely too much. We had our chances, but then you have to pack a punch. It’s a pity, because after the 1: 1 it felt like a short while, until the game would tilt.”

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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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