October 21, 2017

Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 6: 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.

Bayern Munich 2-2 VfL Wolfsburg

Carlo Ancelotti: “We didn’t play as we had planned. We were slow, without intensity, not compact enough. We didn’t control the game as we usually do, that’s why we drew. Sven made a mistake but we ultimately drew because we didn’t play well as a team. We’ll have to turn in a different display in Paris.”

Martin Schmidt: “If you’re two down and take a point at the end of the day, you can be satisfied. We were lucky Robben didn’t make it three, the final scoreline could have been quite different then. You just need luck here. My predecessor Andries Jonker has a large share in the point, the performance and the passion and mentality we displayed in the second half.”

RB Leipzig 2-1 Eintracht Frankfurt

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “We played very well in the first half and found ways to get through the Frankfurt defence. When you lead 2-0 and then go to 2-1, you give your opponent a chance and so we had to unnecessarily worry at the end.”

Niko Kovac: “In the first-half, RB put on a lot of pressure and we were never really able to relieve that. In the second-half we really held our own. That’s something we can build upon.”

Hoffenheim 2-0 Schalke

Julian Nagelsmann: “We played well in the first 20 minutes because we knew how we wanted to counter their 3-4-3 system. We worked our way into good positions but our play was often too direct. We took our foot off the pedal after the goal and Schalke pressed very high and won all the second balls.

“We stood too deep at the beginning of the second half and Konoplyanka had a couple of good chances. He and Harit caused a lot of problems for us. We could’ve scored on the counter and we ran five kilometres more than Schalke. I’m very happy with the team’s mentality. It was a deserved win.”

Domenico Tedesco: “All in all, we played well. We didn’t let conceding get to us and stuck to our plan. We had a lot of the ball and controlled large parts of the game. In the second half, we created numerous chances and upped the tempo to try and get back into the game. However, we weren’t good enough in the final third. Hoffenheim were clinical in front of goal and that’s why they won.

“Overall, we’re happy with our performance. We put into practice what we spoke about before the game. At the start of the season, we’ve played worse and won and today we played better and lost. We need to combine the two and we’ll be on the right track.”

Werder Bremen 0-0 Freiburg

Alexander Nouri: “We made too many mistakes when we had the ball in the first half, in terms of our passing and controlling the ball. We should’ve been more relaxed and confident on the ball. That stopped us from getting into our rhythm. We put more pressure on in the second 45 and created lots of chances. We just needed to put the ball away.

“We need to convert our chances. We need a win to relieve the pressure and to find our self-confidence in front of goal once again. We just have to make our chances count.”

Christian Streich: “We were unlucky on Wednesday against Hannover. We have to work on our quality and our final pass. In the second half there were no goals but we could have scored. Bremen had better scoring chances than us.

“We haven’t lost four of our six matches, but only have four points. But overall a draw is okay.”

Mainz 1-0 Hertha Berlin

Sandro Schwarz: “We knew that it would be an extremely difficult game and that we would need to be patient. In terms of our intensity, you cannot compare us to how we played on Wednesday. Both teams had few goalscoring opportunities, Hertha did well and were organised. We still were not tenacious enough for a long time.

“That came after the break. We were closing them down well before the penalty and we are incredibly happy to come away with a positive result after the match on Wednesday. That was very, very important, so we can go home today feeling good.”

Pal Dardai: “Credit to Mainz. We let very little through in the first half and put in a decent performance. Things were going as we expected them to. But there was not a lot going forward, meaning that we went into the break having had no shots on goal, something I couldn’t really get my head around. It was an aggressive game and looked like it might be heading towards a draw.

“Mainz then used the penalty situation to their advantage and also deserved to win because we unfortunately weren’t able to take Vedad’s chance to equalise. We have to accept that and now recover quickly.”

VfB Stuttgart 0-0 Augsburg

Hannes Wolf: “The draw was the right result today. We benefitted from a bit of luck and our fantastic goalkeeper when Augsburg caught us on the counter. We didn’t get any clear-cut chances ourselves, but I was satisfied with the team’s performance as a whole.”

Manuel Baum: “I’m really satisfied to come away with a point today and to end this busy period of football with seven points, five games unbeaten, and three clean sheets in our last four games. Our rising team spirit and confidence has meant that we’re playing really calmly – it’s great to see.

“You could see today that the heavy workload over the last week was having an impact by the end, although we did have two great chances through Finnbogason and Khedira to win the game.”

Borussia Dortmund 6-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Peter Bosz: “We gave the ball away too easily every now and again in the first half. That provided our opponents with the means to pose a threat. However, Gladbach had to do a lot of chasing, as we moved the ball around brilliantly, which tired them out. We were very good today, both with and without the ball.”

Dieter Hecking: “We were very much second-best today. Dortmund played very well indeed. We defended okay for the opening 25 minutes, but we weren’t able to get any possession. Dortmund’s passing game destabilised us, albeit with some big help from us for a couple of goals.

“When you have five or six decent chances yourself but fail to take them, you end up with a result like that. The way we conceded the goals is unacceptable, and certainly shouldn’t be happening to us at Borussia Dortmund.”

Hannover 0-0 Köln

Andre Breitenreiter: “We are happy. We have ended the English week without defeat, are still unbeaten and have once again not conceded. In the first half we put on pressure but were not rewarded. The second half was more even and we had a bit of luck.”

Peter Stöger: “We are happy, to have got this draw – it does us good. It doesn’t bring us up the table but it is a positive feeling and good for the coming weeks. In the first half we lacked the courage, but the second half was okay.”

Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 Hamburg

Heiko Herrlich: “We were very efficient in front of our opponent’s goal and that made the difference today. The result doesn’t though mirror the whole game. We were somewhat careless at 2-0. Lucas Alario played well both up front and going back.”

Markus Gisdol: “Our start was good, but the double blow saw us lose our game plan. That’s a shame, because we had quite a different plan here.”

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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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