He Said What? The Matchday 1 Trainer Soundbites

Bayern 8-0 Schalke

Hansi Flick: “After taking a clear lead, we really wanted to keep the clean sheet. It was important for me that the team did things properly for the whole 90 minutes. Leroy Sané fitted into the game really well. We showed that we have great pace in attack.

“I’m happy that we could produce such a good performance on the pitch today. We wanted to put the opposition under pressure when they had the ball and not give them much time. Then, when we were in possession, let them do all the running.”

David Wagner: “We didn’t perform well as a group and Bayern were in great shape. We need to shake this off now. We have to show a reaction against Werder – we expect that from ourselves. We were too naïve after conceding the fourth goal. We need to make sure that we carry on until the end. We wanted to create moments of danger, which we did. You have to take your chances if you want to cause Bayern problems.

“In comparison to Bayern, we didn’t do that in the opening 15 minutes, and the game then got away from us. It was the most difficult game of the season for us. I have confidence in my team’s qualities, which we unfortunately couldn’t show today.”

Werder Bremen 1-4 Hertha Berlin

Florian Kohfeldt: “At the end of the day, we deserved to lose for a few reasons. The principle reason was the first 35 minutes of the game. We had space and opportunities and we played some good football, so we had the chance to take control of the match. But we couldn’t switch on and pressure them; I felt like we didn’t make our presence in the game felt.

“For the first goal, our pressing was lacking, and the second goal was poor marking. That was really annoying because it was something we’d covered in training. Before their second goal, we were poor in possession which is something that shouldn’t be happening to us. When we made it 3-1, we had a chance to get back into the game, but the fourth goal really settled the match. It wasn’t good enough for the Bundesliga in a lot of ways, but especially in terms the way we approached the game tactically.”

Bruno Labbadia: “We got into the game very well and let the ball run smoothly. After 20 minutes the game was very even, but then we scored the two goals at the right moment – the second goal was very good for our heads, especially after the penalty that was withdrawn. All in all, it was a good performance as a team. That was a good start for us!”

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VfB Stuttgart 2-3 Freiburg

Pellegrino Matarazzo: “I’m looking at it from a positive point of view in that we created a lot of chances. Today, you could see what we’re capable of, but also what we’re not capable of. There were a lot of positives that we can take out of it. The first two goals that we let in came from set pieces that were well taken and we didn’t get in there and challenge for the ball when it came in.”

Christian Streich: “We wanted to be offensive. What helped us were the first two goals at the right time- we were able to control a lot. VfB was always dangerous, they played very well. It was a very difficult game. We scored a great goal for 3-0, and before and after that we played really well up front. From the 60th minute and when the 3-1 came, we no longer had control of the game, maybe I should have switched to two sixes earlier. At the back we were lucky to win the game.”

Köln 2-3 Hoffenheim

Markus Gisdol: “It’s a really hard defeat for me to accept. We played well today. We had a few problems in the first half. But what we were lacking in the first half, we more than made up for in the second. I felt that we might even be able to come from behind to win it.

“Unfortunately, we were too passive after scoring the equaliser. We had our opponents there where we wanted them. A draw would have been a fair result. I can’t find much fault in our performance – especially in the second half.”

Sebastian Hoeneß: “We saw a game of two halves today. Our plan worked to perfection in the first 45 minutes. We had a lot of depth to our play, which meant we were able to penetrate the lines. I think we deserved our lead at half-time. Cologne then came out with renewed energy in the second half and we lost the momentum.

“We failed to create much after putting them under so much pressure earlier in the match. The equaliser for 2-2 was a real blow, it was hard to take. It was brilliant to see how the team came back from that. It was a gutsy win.”

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Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Arminia Bielefeld

Adi Hütter: “It’s a deserved point for Arminia. Bielefeld defended well and countered dangerously. It’s always difficult against a compact team that closes the back space well. Too often they have made us play long balls. Overall, we had way too many simple ball losses. The team tried to win the game until the very end. As a result, we increased the risk and were inevitably more vulnerable in defence.

“We were certainly lucky on one or two occasions that Bielefeld was a little too imprecise. We thought about making the fifth change. Ultimately, we decided to leave Bas up front because of his size and presence. Of course, there were some things that didn’t work. We will work on that. 6500 spectators today is a good step in the right direction. There was a great atmosphere. It’s a shame that we couldn’t reward the spectators with a win.”

Uwe Neuhaus: “We don’t need to talk about the fact that Eintracht had bigger and more chances. Nonetheless, we managed to bring a reasonably good compactness, order, and discipline to the pitch. I have to criticize our play going forward when we didn’t finish many counterattacks well. That is perhaps a difference to the second division in terms of the quality of the opponents.”

Union Berlin 1-3 Augsburg

Urs Fischer: “The first half was even; the goal was almost out of nowhere. Augsburg were very efficient, but we didn’t defend properly with the first goal either. In the second half you could see that we tried to build up pressure and were rewarded with the equaliser. The second and third goals, however, again lacked determination in defence. Augsburg took advantage of that and deserved to win.”

Heiko Herrlich: “We are really happy that we can take three points. The team put a lot of passion into the game. It took us a long time to get into the game, but then we calmed down and had more control at the end of the half and played out the 1-0 against an orderly Union defence.

“In the second half we continued to struggle, Union pressed a lot and we were only defending. After conceding the goal, the team showed great morale and were very efficient because we were able to score a header again after a great cross. I’m happy with the three points.”

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Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Lucien Favre: “Gladbach played well and it was really difficult for us today. For a long time, the match could have gone either way. It’s always a good feeling to win 3-0. We did some things really well; the third goal, for example, was really well-worked. But we mustn’t forget that Gladbach were missing a lot of players.

”I like working with young players, but of course I like working with experienced ones too. The variety is really good, that was there to see in our 3-0 win today. Mats plays the ball forward, and Jadon and Erling sprint the length of the pitch. It was a brilliant goal at the end. The variety gives us a great feeling. We’re going to need all of our players over this long season. Now we have to analyse the match before picking things up next week.”

Marco Rose: “We were really unlucky to lose. The statistics show that it was a really even match – there weren’t a lot of chances at either end, yet the result looks pretty convincing. At the end of the day, Dortmund were just more effective than us in the penalty area. We weren’t good enough in the opposition box, we weren’t penetrating enough. In the first half, we barely allowed them into our own box, but in a couple of situations where we looked dangerous we ended up having to defend a counterattack.

“The first goal came from a situation where we weren’t quick enough into the challenge, we didn’t press the space. And there was probably no contact from Ramy in the tackle leading to the penalty. But then later on, there was contact from Mats Hummels on Marcus Thuram. That’s where the game is won and lost at the top level.”

RB Leipzig 3-1 Mainz 

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Julian Nagelsmann: “We had a lot of great players on the pitch. Dani and Emil are fantastic players who like to have the ball at their feet. They played superbly together. That is a great achievement against a defence which was sitting deep. On the opening day, it’s all about starting the season well. It is important to take the first step towards our goals and show that we’re ready for what is probably going to be an intense season.

“That we can start the season well after a strange pre-season. We wanted to be 100% there from the first minute. It was hard to top the mentality that we showed in the first half.  If we’d have taken all of our chances, it could have been seven or eight. We have a very tough opposition in Leverkusen next weekend, so we will have to be even better.”

Achim Beierlorzer: “Leipzig deserved the victory, congratulations to them. We set up to play with two narrow blocks of four, but then there was the misunderstanding that led to the penalty after 15 minutes. That made it really difficult; we wanted to keep a clean sheet for as long as possible and counter well. RB Leipzig played really well, they were technically brilliant.

“We saw a great improvement after half time – we wanted to be more aggressive in attack. We pulled one back, but that wasn’t enough. We have to concentrate on Stuttgart now, we want to come out on top.”

VfL Wolfsburg 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen

Oliver Glasner: “I’d like to compliment my players on a strong performance. We defended very well as a team – the entire defensive line did their jobs very well. We hardly let Leverkusen get a shot off from open play. Other than that we always posed a threat and created two or three good chances before the break. We did the same in the second half on the counter-attack. Even though we only got a point, I’m very happy with our start to the Bundesliga season.”

Peter Bosz: “We were hoping for a different outcome as we came here to win. If you look at the game, though, I must say that a draw was a fair result. Both teams played on the front foot and had one or two goalscoring chances. Not just us, but Wolfsburg too. It’s good that we didn’t concede any goals. I can accept the draw, but we need to improve considerably in attack.”

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