Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 33: 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.

Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Mainz

Peter Stöger: “It’s cool that Mainz have made it- less cool that it happened today. That’s what can happen when you want to achieve something really big. We didn’t have that and that wasn’t enough.”

Sandro Schwarz: “Of course it’s an unbelievable feeling today. The way we confirmed safety was awesome. Our football in the first half was close to perfect and we scored two really nice goals. We actually felt that we had to go into the second half with a two-goal advantage.

“We started the game well again after the break and we were standing very deep after the hour mark without letting them have too many chances. It’s a deserved victory at the end of the day and I think everyone knows how happy I am today.

“The performance wasn’t a given. I’m really pleased about how the lads maintained their composure and that we had the chances to confirm safety together. I’m proud and I’m over the moon for the whole team and the club.”

RB Leipzig 4-1 VfL Wolfsburg

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “We were a little uncertain at the start of the match, but waited for opportunities to counter. How clinical we were in front of goal was the difference today in comparison to the last few weeks. We rewarded ourselves with four goals and that’ll do us good!

“We managed to be compact, allow the opponents little and work well against the ball. Our passion and commitment made us win today. Dominik Kaiser is important to the team and loved by the fans – and rightly so! He deserved his appearance today and the captain’s armband. I take my hat off to him.”

Bruno Labbadia: “We came out really well at the start, particularly considering Leipzig’s good performances in recent defeats – they could have been 3-0 up against Mainz after 30 minutes. They showed none of that early on, but we didn’t make enough of the possession we had and weren’t clinical enough inside the box. Leipzig then had the quality to make it 1-0 from their first real chance, and the second goal summed it up from our point of view.

“The lads had their heads down at the interval, but we took more risks in the second half and deservedly made it 2-1. We were then caught on the counter for their third, and that was basically that since they have a lot of quick players.”

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Köln 1-3 Bayern Munich

Stefan Ruthenbeck: “We saw my team turn in a good display at the beginning. We were strong in defence and on the break, pressed early but also enjoyed possession in some crucial periods. It sounds funny but we should have had a bigger lead at half-time.

“Bayern were overwhelming in the second half. They applied incredible pressure and crossed a lot. They are ruthless in front of goal, we were unable to withstand their pressure.”

Jupp Heynckes: “It wasn’t easy to switch back to the Bundesliga after the intense game on Tuesday. Köln did a good job and made life difficult for us. We turned in a completely different display in the second half. We dominated proceedings, created chances and converted them. It was important to win the match and extend our streak. We still have an important goal, the cup final.”

Werder Bremen 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen

Florian Kohfeldt: “It wasn’t really a game for the spectator today. It was a day when not much fell for us and passes were over hit. But it is also a quality, to be able to get a point against such a top team. Both teams defended very well today so I am not that unhappy with the result. We can’t be happy with our attacking performance today, but the defensive display and the way we fought was great.”

“It was a big goal for us, to end the second half of the season undefeated at the Weser Stadion. The whole weekend when it’s a home game is special. We stay in a hotel in the centre of town, we travel through the fans to the stadium and we are given an incredible welcome. The fans are incredible, they stick with us even when the going gets tough. They have played a massive role in this run.”

Heiko Herrlich: “0-0 is not a result that we can be 100 percent satisfied with. We would’ve liked to have won here and the chances to do so were there. We had more possession, we dominated, and we tried to throw everything forward.

“I’m optimistic [of finishing in the top four] and the team in the locker room is as well! We want to win next week at home against Hannover and then we’ll see how the others do.”

Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1 Freiburg

Dieter Hecking: “It wasn’t quite working for us in the opening 15 minutes. We knew that Freiburg would give everything to get a result, and we were a little slow in our build-up play. That’s to be expected when you’re playing with a new centre-back pairing though. Freiburg had the first big chance, but Yann Sommer pulled off a fantastic save. That wasn’t his last one either. We then scored a nice goal courtesy of a great ball from Tobi Strobl.

“It was frustrating to concede immediately after we made it 2-0 though. However, the team provided the perfect response. Schwolow denied us a couple more goals as well. Despite our personnel problems at the moment, it was a great team performance, and I’m delighted that we managed to produce that in our final home game. Now we have one more match in Hamburg and we need to go and win that to keep our chances of finishing seventh alive.

Christian Streich: “You need to take the lead in a game like that so that you force Gladbach to come at you and leave gaps. Instead, we were left chasing the game. We also conceded from a set-piece, which shouldn’t be happening. However, Borussia were just too good for us today, even though we gave our all, got back in it at 2-1 and had some decent chances. Ultimately, they deserved to win.”

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Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 Hamburg

Niko Kovac: “I’m very pleased with our day’s work. We saw the Eintracht that we’ve seen for most of the season: a team with great desire, defending well and putting their bodies on the line. We did that well in the first half in particular. In the second period, we didn’t defend as well high up the pitch and let ourselves be pushed back a bit.

“Thankfully we were able to wrap up the win at a crucial moment. All things considered it was a good win, capped off by a superb atmosphere and a great moment for Alex Meier.”

Christian Titz: “I warned before the game that Eintracht are a dangerous side and that’s been impressively proved today. There were two or three occasions in which we could have come back. But in the end Eintracht deserved to win.”

Augsburg 1-2 Schalke

Manuel Baum: “We wanted two things going into the game: a passionate performance and all three points. We wore the shirt with pride today, but unfortunately we couldn’t get the win. In my eyes we were the better team over the 90 minutes. Both goals came from set-pieces, and I’m not sure why the first wasn’t looked at by the guys in Cologne. We also should have had a penalty due to handball.

“We’ve shown today and last week against Schalke that we weren’t going to stop fighting, despite having already secured our safety. Now we want to end the season on a high in Freiburg.”

Domenico Tedesco: “I’m delighted for the whole team and the clubs. Most of all, I’m happy that we could put a smile on the fans’ faces. They’ve been exceptional all season and we’re all grateful for that.

“The game against Augsburg was almost a metaphor for the season as a whole. We started slowly but then improved and played with heart and passion. Today was anything but easy. Augsburg had a lot of hungry players who gave their all. They did very well but we defended even better.”

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Hannover 3-1 Hertha Berlin

Andre Breitenreiter: “I think we saw the best first half of the season. We deliberately set up offensively in order to put our opponents under pressure. We are all happy and satisfied that we made it on our own.”

Pal Dardai: “Hannover deserved to win. You don’t deserve anything if you’re 3-0 down at half time. I cannot explain what happened to our players. Every time we have had a chance to climb the table this season we have slipped up.

“It has nothing to do with the late change to the line-up. Fabian Lustenberger is more than experienced enough. Furthermore, we had a day to prepare for the fact that Niklas ‘Stark might not play.”

VfB Stuttgart 2-0 Hoffenheim

Tayfun Korkut: “First of all I’d like to wish Lukas Rupp a speedy recovery. As expected, it was a very, very difficult game against a top team, who came here on the back of a good run. Hoffenheim invested a great deal and came at us with high tempo. We had a couple of very precarious situations to overcome, but we were never knocked off course, but instead stuck to the plan that had made us so strong in recent weeks.

“Things did become a little more difficult after the red card, but it was never really a major problem, because we defended exceptionally well with two defensive rows. A massive compliment to my team for what they invested in the last few games. The highlights today were Mario’s two home-goals, the fans were unbelievable and the team gave everything they had. We now have one game to go, which we must concentrate fully on.”

Julian Nagelsmann: “We played extraordinarily well in the first 20 minutes and should have decided the game then. In that period, we had six or seven super chances and were extremely dominant, so I was pleased with our showing. We were only missing a goal. With Lukas Rupp’s injury, there was a break in the game. We’ll miss him the last match as he’s picked up a bad injury, we assume it’s a ligament tear. The doctor was treating him in the changing room. After that, VfB scored a goal typical of them.

“We didn’t defend optimally and weren’t aggressive in fighting for the second ball. After they took the lead, they stood very deep and did it well. There were always 18 or 20 legs in the way. On top of that, Rob-Robert Zieler was impressive in goal. I would have liked a goal for our goal difference, but then even the post was in our way. The good thing is that we are in control of our own destiny.

“We go into the final game with the chance to achieve something extraordinary. For a club like TSG, it’s incredible. We wanted a final against Dortmund, and we have a final against Dortmund.”

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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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