September 23, 2017

Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 3: 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 we bring you the best of the Bundesliga trainer soundbites.

Hamburger SV 0-2 RB Leipzig

Markus Gisdol: “If we had used our chances, maybe the game would have gone differently.  I can’t criticise my team, but we should have equalised before their second goal.”

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “Everything was deserved. We had number of chances in the first half, but the goal was missing. Then came the penalty situation. In the second half we concentrated on our strengths and it paid off.”

Freiburg 0-0 Borussia Dortmund

Christian Streich: “We played well. Up until the red card, we switched the play well and played some good football. Then my team defended very well and performed very well tactically.

“My player was too late into the tackle and hit him on the ankle. You do see reds given for that. The important thing is that Marcel Schmelzer recovers quickly.”

Peter Bosz: “We’re disappointed. Dortmund should win in Freiburg. If you’re playing with an extra man for an hour, you have enough time to score a goal. We didn’t do enough today. We see the result as two points dropped.

“Marc Bartra hurt his groin, while Marcel Schmelzer has an ankle problem. His injury looked worse, but we’ll have to wait for the diagnosis.”

Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-1 Eintracht Frankfurt

Dieter Hecking: “I’m not happy that we had similar start to the Augsburg game. We struggled with long balls, which Boateng and Haller really dominated in the air. It’s something we spoke about before the game, but it took us half an hour to get them under wraps.

“There were a couple of decent breakaways, but sadly we couldn’t get a shot away. That’s something we have to improve on. We tried and tried, but couldn’t find the gaps, so you have to say it’s a fair result.”

Nico Kovac: “My team were super in the first 30 minutes. Gladbach didn’t really know what hit them. We took our foot off the gas a little afterwards though and were more passive.

“Borussia pushed us further back in the second half and had a lot more of the ball, but our overall performance against a great side like them in front of this crowd deserved the win.”

FC Augsburg 3-0 1FC Köln

Manuel Baum: “A win has a good ring to it, but we know we have much to improve on. We benefitted from two or three moments of luck which went our way. In the second half, we made too many errors and played too passively. We will stay humble and keep on working.”

Peter Stöger: “Augsburg deserved to win today, because we made it too easy for them to score. We had one or two chances to get back in the game, but we couldn’t capitalise. When you don’t take your chances in the Bundesliga, you won’t get any points.”

Mainz 3-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Sandro Schwarz: “It was difficult for us in the opening twenty minutes, we had to deal with losing the ball a few times. After it turned 1-0, it became a tad more difficult. Danny Latza’s save was a key moment; he sprinted back once again to prevent them scoring a second.

“We were better up front in the middle of the first half and we scored an equaliser at the perfect moment – just before the break. The second half was fantastic; we were really active right from the restart and played better, which is why we’re very happy with the way we turned the game around after a tricky start. It feels great to have won 3-1!”

Heiko Herrlich: “Congratulations to Mainz, the second half shows why they won the game. We deservedly took the lead at the start and had a chance to go 2-0 up. Positional errors let Mainz get the goals back.

“We didn’t seal the game off, just like in the last game against Hoffenheim. You can’t win games like that and you put pressure on yourself.”

VfL Wolfsburg 1-1 Hannover

Andre Breitenreiter: “The first-half was very much shaped by challenges. There was a lot of intensity in the tie, with lots of one-on-one situations, which we controlled well in the first fifteen minutes and created a couple of chances for ourselves. After that we lost the thread a little, allowing Wolfsburg to become more dominant. We were poor with our passing and not as aggressive in the tackles. At half-time I appealed to the lads to show more courage. Then we conceded the 1-0 from a set-piece.

“Having gone behind, we wanted to take a more attacking approach – which was the reason for the changes. Thankfully we were rewarded: Ihlas Bebou broke through exceptionally well to make Harnik’s unconventional back-heeled goal. Kenan Karaman had a good chance too.

“However, there were also situations from which we could have gone behind, but in the end, I think the draw was justified. As a newly promoted side, we are delighted to be still unbeaten and have seven points from three matches. We can be satisfied making our trip home.”

Andries Jonker: “We’ve had quite a lot of issues to deal with this week and we needed fifteen minutes to get things going. Then we took the initiative and in the scene when Mario, as he admitted injured himself, could have made it 1-0. With Mario having to be taken off, we were faced by the next challenge. In the second-half we picked up where we had left off before the break and had the feeling we could get the opening goal. In training we place a lot of importance on set-pieces, so the goal was no surprise.

“I was very happy for Dida, who implemented the positive aspects he has shown in training. The momentum was there to decide the game – with chance for Dida and others too. If he puts the ball away to make it 2-0, the game is basically over. Hannover battled back and caught us cold in a disorganised moment. Aside from that, I was satisfied with my defence.

“After the 1-1, we had a couple of difficult minutes, but we got back into the game again then. Considering the difficulties and challenges of this week, it was a very decent team display – so decent that we should have secured all three points. For that reason, we are disappointed not to have them.”

Hoffenheim 2-0 Bayern Munich

Julian Nagelsmann: “We’re glad we won. According to every single statistic we were inferior, except in terms of goals. We took the lead undeservedly and at an awkward point for Bayern. We were lucky when Lewandowski hit the bar. But we were hard-running, displayed lots of courage and won not completely undeservedly.”

Carlo Ancelotti: “It was a tough match. We tried a lot and created a number of chances. But we weren’t 100 percent focused at times. We didn’t have much space and tried to create it by switching play. It didn’t work so well today. Things like this happen in football.”

Hertha Berlin 1-1 Werder Bremen

Pal Dardai: “The first 20 minutes were somewhat crazy, but leading before the break did us the world of good. We needed to get that second half goal but instead conceded the equalizer. And then we had Rune to thank for not going further behind. We could also have won it with Salomon at the end. Overall we have to take the result because this is not the stage of the season to picking up nothing. I’m pleased with our start to the season. I’d like to praise Bibiana Steinhaus for allowing the advantage leading to our goal. That showed her class and experience”.

Alexander Nouri: ““We had a good shape in the first half and we were confident in our game plan. We didn’t make it count and then Hertha’s first chance went in. The fact we let them in to score like that was frustrating. The second half was more even with chances for both sides. A draw is a fair result.

“You need to remember that we have played against three teams who are competing in European competitions this year. Today we played against a Europa League side that are very good at home and we came away with a point, which means we’re on the board for the season. The league is so tight and so all the little details make such a difference between winning and losing. And these little details are what we work on week in, week out.”

Schalke 3-1 VfB Stuttgart

Domenico Tedesco: “We started well and dominated proceedings for the first ten minutes but then we struggled. We tried to change that by making changes at half-time. By the time we got to the break, we were just hoping we weren’t losing if I’m being honest. It seemed like only a matter of time before they’d score again.

“At half time, we made changes and performed much better. We wanted to apply more pressure and stop being as passive. Essentially, we wanted to be pressing six to eight meters higher up the pitch so we could press. When we did that, VfB Stuttgart made mistakes. We’re happy to have two wins out of three but we know there’s a long.”

Hannes Wolf: “We wanted to stay in the game from the start, but went behind very early. In the first half we played well and created chances- one of which we used. Then we made two or three clear errors. In mind of the clear chances they created, Schalke deserved the win.”

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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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