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.

Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Eintracht Frankfurt

Lucien Favre: ”There were a tough team to play against. The lead we took in the first half wasn’t entirely undeserved but we were a bit lucky nonetheless. Although we controlled the match I wouldn’t say we dominated it. In the second half we were really eager to get the score to 2-0 as soon as possible, but we had a lot of trouble keeping the ball and controlling the match against the opposition’s pressing game.

“We lost patience and that’s what cost us our 1-0 lead. The substitutions gave us a sense of vigour. The goal which took the score to 2-1 was a really nice, well worked goal. That’s when the team was firing once more. We’re really happy with the win.”

Adi Hütter: “BVB won because they were clinical in front of goal. I must give my players huge credit, though, because they fought very well. We took a few more risks in the second half and got our just rewards. We were in control of the game after that. At that point I thought we could go on and win it. We didn’t give too much away and it became pretty scrappy in midfield, but BVB’s quality shone through in the end.

“We need to take the positives. We believed in ourselves, and our work-rate and tackle success ratio were spot on. We were tactically disciplined but need to improve our build-up play.”

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Bayern Munich 3-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Niko Kovac: “I’d like to congratulate my team on the way they played over 90 minutes. We cancelled out an early goal very quickly, then we dominated the game. Our counter-pressing was very good, we didn’t let Leverkusen’s quick players get a grip, so we stifled many things up front. I wish we had made it 3-1 a bit earlier and not only shortly before the final whistle. But I’m satisfied with the team performance.”

Heiko Herrlich: “You could see every player at FC Bayern has incredible quality, and not only in attack. They’re very venomous when they lose the ball, they counterpress immediately and go for every one-on-one. They gave us a lesson to some extent today.”

RB Leipzig 3-2 Hannover

Ralf Rangnick: “It was very important for us to get our first win of the season, which we can now build on. At the end it was a joyous victory, which of course we’re pleased about. The lads dug in and played with a spring in their step.

“I’m very pleased with the form of Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg. They did really well up front together with Yussuf Poulsen. Timo’s shown in the past that his form always improves after the international break, so I’m not surprised that he scored today.”

Andre Breitenreiter: “Of course we are disappointed because apart from a few moments, we produced a top away performance. All the goals we conceded arose from the fact that we gave the ball away easily and Leipzig punished us with their quick transition.

“In the second half we did better and showed great character at the back. This game didn’t deserve a loser today. A draw would have been deserved, but the luck was not on our side.”

Mainz 2-1 Augsburg

Sandro Schwarz: “We had difficulties at first adjusting to our opponents starting with three at the back and we couldn’t control the game. We grew into the game gradually and we had some chances to go ahead before half-time. In the second half we played with good intensity and always fought hard to win the second ball.

“We were unlucky with their goal as it was just a great strike and it surprised us. We dug in however and brought it back to 1-1 before going on to score the winner. It felt really good to celebrate with our fans today. It is remarkable how this young team reacts to these situations. This is what we are all about.”

Manuel Baum: “Congratulations to Mainz. I have mixed feelings from today. The first 20 minutes we played well and played good football. Then Mainz grew with confidence and we lost our foothold in the game. We were good again after the break and both teams had good goal-scoring chances. We took the lead in the 82nd minute and we had to take the three points home from there, or at least one point.

“However, the referee had his own opinion about the second goal. Martin Hinteregger was injured on the floor and we missed his presence in the penalty area when they scored. However, we also made too many mistakes.”

VfL Wolfsburg 2-2 Hertha Berlin

Bruno Labbadia: “It was enjoyable to watch us, particularly in the first half. It was a clash between two different styles of football. Credit to Hertha for how well drilled they are, how they use the space and how difficult they are to overcome. I think we played brilliantly in the first half – we passed the ball around well and our movement and transitional play were good.

“However, you could see that they remained composed, which is a particular quality of Hertha’s. I’m really pleased and proud of how we came back twice – and it was more than deserved. We’re happy with the point but could also have got all three.

“We can be pleased with seven points from three games. We’ll take that, along with the knowledge that we can respond to going behind with long balls and not just good football. Sometimes you need to go more direct. As a football fan, I enjoyed watching two teams with such brutal intensity.”

Pal Dardai: “Both teams can be pleased with an attractive Bundesliga game and a point apiece. In the first half, Wolfsburg played with high tempo in possession but we dealt with it well and stood firm. When we got the opportunities, we were always able to create good openings. Then we took the lead in the second half and just as Wolfsburg were starting to open up, they got a penalty decision, which in my view wasn’t a foul. Such is life, but that moment lifted Wolfsburg and the crowd.

“Then we scored a clever goal from Ondrej Duda – that’s why we call him ‘number 10’, he’s a smart lad – and went 2-1 up. As a coach and former player, though, I knew the game wasn’t over. Considering that Rune Jarstein had to make a number of good saves, I have to say we’re satisfied with seven points and being in the next round of the cup.”

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Fortuna Düsseldorf 2-1 Hoffenheim

Friedhelm Funkel: “Of course we had a litte bit of luck, but it’s clearly a Champions League team we’re talking about. We showed great passion and also got the luck you require, something we didn’t have in Leipzig.

“After they equalised we were hoping that they wouldn’t go on to take the game to 1-2, but then we played a good counterattacking move. Kenan (Karaman) did really well to force his way through and it was clearly a penalty.”

Julian Nagelsmann: “Düsseldorf put a lot of heart into their win. I’m not satisfied with the result. We played a very good 30 minutes and had excellent chances to take the lead. It would’ve been completely just if we’d led 2-0. The match changed in character after Kramaric’s big chance. I’m not angry about the chances we passed up, but the twelve minutes after that.

“We were all occupied with the fact we hadn’t taken the lead and then completely lost our composure. In doing so, we let Düsseldorf back into the game. It became difficult after going behind. Düsseldorf defended fiercely. In terms of results, it’s a wasted day.”

Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1 Schalke

Dieter Hecking: “It was a fantastic performance. Our play was very fluid and we linked up well. Our passing game was good and we were confident both on and off the ball. Before the game, our aim was to cause Schalke lots of problems – we did that today.

“Considering the last few months, I’m happy that Patrick Herrmann got a win. It’s great to have seven points from three games, however, the next few fixtures won’t be easy.”

Domenico Tedesco: “Nobody is happy with today’s outcome. Some of the recent games have definitely not been good ones, but today wasn’t that bad. Despite the result, we are still heading in the right direction. Our pressing and general game was off in the first 15 minutes, mainly down to Gladbach’s start. They caught us flat-footed from the start. I felt that after this we stabilised ourselves, and after discussing some things at half time, we improved our game in the second half.

“Ultimately we didn’t take our chances today. We are missing just a little of bit of the necessary luck you need, for example Yann Sommer was outstanding today. I think that we actually deserved a point. We need to get back some defensive stability and with that some confidence.

“We want to get ourselves back on track in the next few games, but Porto and Bayern München are two very difficult opponents. We are, however, looking forward to these games. The lads are constantly giving their all, and the mood in training is always good.  If we play like we did today, then I am confident that we will break our duck soon enough.”

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Werder Bremen 1-1 Nürnberg

Florian Kohfeldt: “I’m extremely annoyed to concede so late in the game. It’s also annoying that we couldn’t kick on after playing so well in the first in the first half an hour. We weren’t organised enough and it let them into the game. The boys are really not happy, we look at the table and it annoys us.

“There were positives at the start of the game, however. The chances at the start were a result of our good play, it wasn’t a coincidence. The game slipped through our fingers, we couldn’t get over the line.”

Michael Köllner: “We knew that it would be a difficult game in Bremen. If you look at the whole game, we did our thing well. Unfortunately, our first goal was ruled out. We had to deal with a difficult situation mentally. I take my hat off to my team”

Freiburg 3-3 VfB Stuttgart

Christian Streich: “We scored the early goal and were playing well- we even had a huge chance of scoring the second goal. We were negligent with the VfB set-pieces and their second goal was only Stuttgart ‘s second chance.  We have to defend better, otherwise it will be difficult in the future. ”

Tayfun Korkut: “It was a game for the crowd – for the coaches, it was not quite what you expect it to be, we had a clear plan, but the early goal hurt us- you could see that. We were lucky not to concede a second goal.

“Freiburg then withdrew and made the space tight. In the second half we played better and stabilized, we also managed to push the opponent back and took our goals. Unfortunately we also conceded two deflected goals.  That was a small step today, we can live with that and we have to make sure we take the big step in the upcoming home game.”

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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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