Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 34: 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 1-4 VfB Stuttgart

Jupp Heynckes: “Congratulations to VfB Stuttgart! They turned in a top display with many counters and deservedly won at the end of the day. VfB were very well-organised, they were great in defence. We had three gilt-edged chances when it was 1-1, we failed to take them.

“If you’re up against a top-class defence you have to take the lead so your opponents have to change their tactics. It was one of those days. Now we have to accept and stomach the defeat and prepare for the cup final as best we can from Tuesday. We’ll see a different Bayern team in Berlin.”

Tayfun Korkut: “We have to congratulate FC Bayern, for the season, for the championship title. We saw a very well-organised VfB team today. We wanted to needle them and were highly effective in taking our chances. That’s how you achieve a result like this.”

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Hoffenheim 3-1 Borussia Dortmund

Julian Nagelsmann: “This season has been very complicated for us. To finish like this, particularly after the setback against Stuttgart, is incredible. I am very proud of my team and the club, who make this good work possible. Today, it was important to score first.

“It did become tight, and Leverkusen were leading by a lot, but to be in the Champions League and to have qualified for Europe for a second consecutive season is an absolutely historic performance from a club of our size.”

Peter Stöger: “Congratulations to TSG. I’m looking forward to Julian’s picture with the crown. TSG have played a fantastic season. Today’s game was a reflection of the last few weeks and months at BVB. We weren’t clear with our play going forward and didn’t take advantage of our chances.

“We allowed our opponents to get into the game. In the end, we achieved our goal and qualified for the Champions League – that is very important for our club.”

Hertha Berlin 2-6 RB Leipzig

Pal Dardai: “We wanted to score many goals but if we are not disciplined in the back we can’t be successful. The many goals were nice for the fans and it was nice that they stayed to the end.

“We undertook a lot of changes, brought through several young players and felt the strain of playing in three competitions. But we have laid down strong foundations this season. We can build on those in the future.

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “I’m very happy that we have qualified for the Europa League. It’s a huge success for the club. We are not so presumptuous to believe the Champions League is a duty.”

Freiburg 2-0 Augsburg

Christian Streich: “Manuel Baum’s analysis has said everything already. Our team dealt with the pressure extremely well against a tough opponent. I don’t want to know what would have happened if we were to have gone 1-0 down, so scoring first was very important for us. We were very clinical today.”

Manuel Baum: “The first 45 minutes were evenly-matched, but then Freiburg went into the lead and we just didn’t get into the game. After that, we didn’t win any challenges or second balls and had no more shots on target.

“We saw in this game that there are a few things we have to do better next season. This match again demonstrated how incredibly hard it is in the Bundesliga when you don’t give 100 percent on the pitch.”

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Schalke 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

Domenico Tedesco: “We had a very good first half – both with our pressing and our possession. That meant we created a number of chances. However, like most of the season, we didn’t take all of them when they came. Still, it feels good to already have had second place wrapped up and still put in a performance of that level. That says a lot about the mentality of the team.

“I’m happy for the lads who came into the fray. Alexander Nübel came on at half-time in an arena full of 60,000 fans and made a spectacular stop to deny Ante Rebic. Cedric Teuchert put in a great shift, we’re looking forward to seeing more of him in the future.

“Also I’m happy for Baba. He’s been out for a long time and came back today like he’d never been out. First and foremost, I’m happy to have given something back to the people who love this club so much.

Niko Kovac: “The game didn’t play out as we imagines. We couldn’t deal with the pressure which Schalke were putting us under. Even when we did, we gave the ball away too often. In the first half, we didn’t stick to our plan and failed to make the most of our opportunities.

“It’s to do with cause and effect and today the cause was Schalke. In the second half, we adjusted and created more chances- We didn’t necessarily deserve to lose today but Schalke deserved to win. Of course, we’re disappointed to finish in eighth place but we have to pick ourselves up and look ahead to next week.”

Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 Hannover

Heiko Herrlich: “Today we wanted to deliver a top performance, focus on ourselves, not pay attention to other scores. We came into the game well and quickly went into the lead, but we should have had a higher lead at halftime than 2:0. Our goal today was to win 5:0 and that would have been necessary in the end.

“I would like to thank everyone involved in me being given this confidence a year ago. I also want to thank my coaching team, the medical department, and the functional team. Everyone has contributed to this success.”

Andre Breitenreiter: “Congratulations on a great season Heiko. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough, but we had to do as well as possible so that nobody could reproach us in retrospect.

“At the start we couldn’t compete, but at the end Leverkusen needed another goal and opened up. Overall it was a good finish from us. It was a good season in which we were never really under threat from relegation.”

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Hamburg 2-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Christian Titz: “The teams and almost all the fans bowed out of the Bundesliga with grace today; we would have preferred to simply play out the game properly and then had a cry together. Still, I feel a sense of pride for how much these boys were willing to give to try and make this miracle a reality.

“At the moment though, the overwhelming feeling is disappointment. I was utterly convinced that if we won, we would make the play-offs.”

Dieter Hecking: “We knew it wouldn’t be easy today. We pictured the opening phase going differently; we were too passive. HSV played well, pressed us high up the pitch and deservedly took the lead. Fortunately, we got back level with our first decent attack. We then changed the system a little and got a foothold in the game.

“Still, it didn’t do what we were hoping; we still weren’t incisive enough going forward. Once news of the results elsewhere started filtering through, then you could sense that the belief wasn’t there anymore. We deserved to lose today.”

Mainz 1-2 Werder Bremen

Sandro Schwarz: “Thanks to Florian for his congratulations. I’d like to congratulate him as well for an excellent season. About the game – you could see that we weren’t so fresh mentally; we were at 80% today and going into such an early lead didn’t play into our hands. The second half was a bit tit-for-tat. Levin hit the crossbar, but Bremen were always threatening.

“The goal we conceded from the set piece and the final result are both frustrating. However, what we’ve achieved in the last few weeks outweighs the result, because we fought back from a difficult situation so strongly. All Zerofivers can be proud of that.”

Florian Kohfeldt: “Before I start, many, many congratulations to Mainz 05 and Sandro for staying up in the top flight. I know what a tricky situation it can be. I respect what they’ve managed to do. But I also have to say a big congratulations to my own team. It was really impressive given that the match didn’t have much meaning in terms of standings in the table.

“We had to improvise a bit, but we still managed to come away with a win. It was an intense game; we went behind and had to hold our breath when shots hit the crossbar and the posts. I think it was a good game and at the end of the day, our victory wasn’t undeserved.”

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VfL Wolfsburg 4-1 Köln

Bruno Labbadia: “We did what we had to do – win the game. Our objective was to do everything we could to get the win and not just a point. It was the right way to go about things. It was great that the opening goal fell so early, and scoring four goals gives us a boost that the boys really needed. We’ve been working very hard in training in recent weeks, especially this week.

“It was very important that the players felt comfortable despite our predicament. It’s a matter of confidence. We can train as hard as we like but we also need to experience that winning feeling. That’s why we’re happy with the victory today.

“We now need to turn our attentions to the game on Thursday. I know what to expect [from Kiel] but we did what we had to do today and it proved decisive.”

Stefan Ruthenbeck: “We started the game very badly by conceding the opener in the first minute. Apart from that, the first half was a very open affair. We felt at half-time that we could get something from the game and went close to going in front before they made it 2-1. [John Anthony] Brooks nearly put through his own net.

“Their second goal sort of sums up our season – it looked like we’d already cleared the danger. We didn’t close them down quickly enough and made simple mistakes, which they took full advantage of for their second goal. They did really well in the last 20 minutes, defending well, hitting us on the counter and causing us problems from set-pieces. They deserved to win the game because they finished strongly.”

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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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