Bundesliga Weekend Wrap Matchday 11: 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.

Hannover 2-1 VfL Wolfsburg

Andre Breitenreiter: “We’re obviously relieved to have got three points again today. Even after we made it 2-0 from the penalty spot, Wolfsburg still kept pressing and kept themselves in the game. The 2-1 wasn’t a penalty – there was no contact there.

“After they’d made it 2-1 it’s quite normal to worry about letting the lead slip, but Lady Luck was definitely on our side again today.”

Bruno Labbadia: “I can’t think of much to say, to be honest. We couldn’t have created more chances than we did today. Hannover wanted to hit us on the break and defended very deeply. We made a lot of simple mistakes. The disallowed goal would have been the game-changer we needed against a very solid and compact outfit. It was obviously disappointing to go 1-0 down the way we did.

“We started the second half very well after making changes – again, we couldn’t have had more opportunities. The players never gave up, even after going 2-0 down. We even had chances to equalise – we could have earned a point today. We’re obviously disappointed.”

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Hoffenheim 2-1 Augsburg

Julian Nagelsmann: “The first half was shaped by tactics as each team created two decent chances to score. After half-time, we felt we took too many risks but got lucky when we took the lead. At that point, it was Augsburg who were creating chances to score. We also then conceded from what was simply not a dangerous situation. In my opinion our victory today wasn’t undeserved but we didn’t dominate the match.”

Manuel Baum: “It is extremely disappointing that we didn’t reward ourselves for a good performance today. I am irritated because we were too hectic in our play when we won and lost possession. We also didn’t take all our chances in front of goal and we didn’t defend brilliantly for the full 90 minutes. We have to take these things on board and work on them.”

Werder Bremen 1-3 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Florian Kohfeldt: “On the surface, it was a game where we didn’t take our chances and made too many mistakes at the back. We had to defend better for the first two goals – we shouldn’t be conceding them, no matter what quality Gladbach have. The game really highlighted what we’re missing.

“We’re not scoring enough goals going forward at the moment and we need to work on ourselves at the back, especially in supposedly simple set-piece situations.

“We’ve just spoken about the situation in the dressing room, because everyone’s going away tomorrow. It wasn’t a dramatic drop in our performance level in my eyes. It’s individual errors, that we need to clearly address and work on. Apart from the first half in Mainz, when we were very poor, we can’t criticise ourselves in the three defeats.”

Dieter Hecking: “I am very happy. The team carried out everything we asked of them. We wanted to give the opposition little room in attack as well as using the ball well when we were in possession. We took our chances when they came to us at the right times.

“We are playing really well at the moment and will try to carry on this form as long as possible. We can go into the international break and enjoy the position we are in and get ready for the upcoming challenges.”

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Freiburg 1-3 Mainz

Christian Streich: “I know how good Mainz are and they will get even better, because they’ve signed a lot of extremely talented and fast players. Mainz had a good day, but we were not aggressive enough and not secure on the ball. We were not lucky today, but we lost the game in the first 30 minutes.”

Sandro Schwarz: “I think that we played outstanding football in the first 30 minutes, defending well and having good build-up play. Consequently, we took the lead, and could have perhaps even got a goal or two more. We needed a few minutes to adjust after Freiburg switched up their system.

“Playing in a 4-4-2, we had a better hold on the game, but Freiburg still were able to showed their quality again and again. After the hosts scored, we reacted well and were positive. It was a solid 90 minutes from us today so I think it’s fair to say that it was a deserved win.”

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Fortuna Düsseldorf 4-1 Hertha Berlin

Friedhelm Funkel: “The first half was very balanced. Both sides neutralized each other and played carefully. When you’ve lost six games in a row, then you can’t play heave-ho football against Hertha BSC, but have to be solid. The sending off dealt us a good hand, but the way used the man advantage was impressive.

“We created lots of chances after the dream goal from Takashi Usami and in the final stages scored the third and fourth. I’m happy for the team and this game will give us courage.”

Pal Dardai: “Congratulations to Fortuna. The 4-1 was fully deserved in the end. We played very well against a well-organised team in the first-half.  Then came the unnecessary sending off through the naivety of Maxi Mittelstädt. Fortuna did well after that and changed sides again and again.

“After the second goal, it felt that the game was over. My team put it a good performance, but when you lose so many challenges, you can’t achieve anything.”

Nürnberg 0-2 VfB Stuttgart

Michael Köllner: “It was a well-deserved win for VfB. We started the game well, but were badly positioned and were not able to develop the punch going forward. VfB played well and closed down the spaces well.”

Markus Weinzierl: “We’re relieved to have got an important victory. It was a deserved win. You could tell that we weren’t exactly full of confidence, but we fought our way into the game and knew we’d create chances. It was defensive stability that allowed us to get into the game.

“It’s good to get back on track and I’m really pleased for the team. Today we can celebrate, but we’ve not achieved anything yet. There’s still a long way to go.”

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Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Bayern Munich

Lucien Favre: “It was a completely crazy match. Bayern were very strong at the beginning. They were clearly in control, they had a lot of possession while we couldn’t win the ball. When we did we gave it away immediately. But I knew they’d be unable to keep up the pace, the tempo was very high. Counterpressing, pressing, gaining possession, everything was perfect. We couldn’t keep the ball, it was like a boomerang.

“We had to wait, so we waited, and fortunately we were only one down at half-time. We corrected a few things. We hadn’t been proactive enough before that, and Bayern had been too strong. The crowd got right behind us after Reus’ goal, we felt we could win the match, and we did. The attitude was fantastic.”

Niko Kovac: “We saw a fantastic match from both teams today. It was an open contest. We were in control in the first half, Dortmund controlled the second. We bounced back after the early equaliser. Then we conceded two goals on the break, that shouldn’t be happening. We closed down the centre very well in the first half, pushing our opponents to the flanks.

“We didn’t succeed at that in the second half, so they had chances. Unfortunately, we lost the match even though it could perfectly well have ended in a draw. We can be satisfied with the performance. It was our best match since Schalke, in terms of technique, fighting spirit and tactics, especially in the first half. We have to build on it and turn in similar displays in the future.”

RB Leipzig 3-0 Bayer Leverkusen

Ralf Rangnick: “Today, the lads carried on from where they left off in the league and Pokal. I’d even say that we gave it 10-20% more today. We’re getting better week after week. It’s great fun at the moment watching the lads play.

“It was an all-round brilliant display from us. If we keep at it, it will be just as tough to score against us in the future. Plus, we’re always in the position to score one or two goals, as we showed today.”

Heiko Herrlich: “The Leipzig victory is fully deserved. We didn’t manage to get structure into our game. All three goals were scored direct from throw-ins and that’s annoying. In lots of situations we were a tick too late.”

Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 Schalke

Adi Hütter: “It was enjoyable to watch the boys, how they kept pressing forward and how they played at the end. We kept believing in ourselves and our philosophy and we were – and will be – rewarded for that. Luka once again showed that he’s dynamite in front of goal.

“The table makes for nice viewing at the moment but the most important thing is that we keep going. Now we can recover over the international break ahead of a busy final few weeks of the year.”

Domenico Tedesco: “Frankfurt deserved to win after their second half performance. We saw how dangerous they can be going forwards in the last 30 minutes. Before this, it was an even game, in which we managed to deal with their three dangerous strikers well. It’s not easy to defend against Sebastien Haller, Luka Jovic and Ante Rebic. We had planned to clear the ball as soon as we got it at the back as they don’t allow you any time to get the ball down and play it.

“If you try and play it about, Jovic and Rebic will fight for it back, just as they did for the first two goals. The situation surrounding the first goal was frustrating. Breel had the chance to put us ahead and could have been awarded a penalty. He carried on fairly though and tried to get the goal.”

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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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