The final whistle blows and win, lose, or draw the Bundesliga trainers have to face the microphones to deliver their post-match impressions of the action they’ve just witnessed. Here we bring you a round-up of all the soundbites from around the grounds.
Hertha Berlin 1-3 Eintracht Frankfurt
Bruno Labbadia: “Congratulations to Eintracht. It was a deserved win because of the first half. Before the break, Eintracht won the duels too easily and scored easy goals. We wanted to put a lot more pressure on Frankfurt, but we were far too hesitant in the forward areas. We allowed what we didn’t want: that they could play across the width of the pitch. We lost a lot of aerial duels and didn’t defend well overall. The goals we conceded weren’t played, they were far too easy.
“Today we saw the physicality that Eintracht brings, also its experience in Europe. That was the decisive factor. We tried everything after the break and had a number of opportunities. It wasn’t always structured, but we started out more aggressively and had chances. The team never gave up. We take a lot out of the game. Eintracht defended very well, also with the two defensive midfielders Ilsanker and Rode, who made it very difficult for us. We have to defend more consistently. It’s a shame we lost the game that way because we knew exactly what to expect.”
Adi Hütter: “Seen over 90 minutes, it’s definitely a deserved win, especially because I really liked the first half. Hertha risked everything in the second half and brought on Cordoba a player who caused a stir. They could have made it 2-1 earlier. The key point was the 3-0 through Sebastian Rode. Overall, it’s a great away win, the first three points for us in this Bundesliga season, and against a very strong team. That’s why I’m very happy.
“Nevertheless, after two games we can’t say where we’ll end up at the end of the season. The plan was clearly to sit a little deeper, to let Hertha play the game in order to win a lot of duels in the – I’ll call it battle zone. So, it was the right decision for this game. In the first half we were very calm on the ball and combined well. We weren’t able to create great opportunities, but we always had the feeling that we were the boss on the pitch.”
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-1 Union Berlin
Marco Rose: “All in all, Union deserved a point. Their own performance is the main factor behind that, but our performance is a big reason too. We weren’t confident enough on the ball and made too many mistakes, particularly in the first half. That gave Union chances to counterattack, which is exactly what they were hoping for.
“We were organised a little differently in the second half, were more in control and ultimately took the lead. You have to be able to see out the result in a game like this, but then came their goal from a corner. We have to live with the draw.”
Urs Fischer: “It’s a point gained for us today and I think a deserved one when you look at the 90 minutes as a whole. The team executed our game plan very well. Gladbach couldn’t play football the way they wanted to, which is down to the lads. I thought we were actually unlucky to go 1-0 down too. I’m really proud of the boys for not letting their heads drop – they carried on believing that they could get a result.”
Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 RB Leipzig
Peter Bosz: “The fans saw a really great game. In the beginning Leipzig was better. After the substitution of Poulsen we played really well and in that phase there was more in the game for us. After the break it was even with chances on both sides. Two points after two games are too few, but you saw today that things are going in the right direction.”
Julian Nagelsmann: “It was a very interesting game, with a lot of tempo and chances at both ends. Of course, we would have liked a win – as would our opponents. If you look at the course of the game, a draw is the fair result. We started really well and deservedly took the lead, but after the equaliser and the substitution to Yussi, we lost our handle on the game. We had a few difficult situations to deal with and were clearly positioned too deeply. It took us a long time to adjust and regain our structure.”
“At half time we made a few changes and after that, the game was more balanced. We maybe even had the better chances. Alexander Sørloth is a player who still hasn’t learnt and accustomed to our style. However, because of the high number of long balls, we wanted a player in the game who was strong in the air.”
Mainz 1-4 VfB Stuttgart
Achim Beierlorzer: “The defeat hurts us because we had big plans. We weren’t as pressure-resistant in our game today and also made a lot of mistakes in our passing game at the beginning. It was always dangerous what Stuttgart did. We deserved to lose; we didn’t play a good game today. We have to face the fact that we are facing headwinds after such a week and such a game. Everyone in the club knows that.”
Pellegrino Matarazzo: “We saw a good performance from the team today. We started off well, got to grips with the opposition and pressed very high. At the end of the day, it was a well-deserved win. I’m happy for the team – this win announces our arrival to the rest of the league.”
Augsburg 2-0 Borussia Dortmund
Heiko Herrlich: “We are delighted to have started the season with two wins and that we won our first home game with the fans back. We can put this victory into perspective – it was a great team performance against the ball. We kept things tight, had a bit of luck, but didn’t give them many chances. We defended well in the second half and the crowd pushed us on.
“It felt like a full house and that gave us a real boost. The team put our plan into action well and played for one another. We are happy to start with six points from six but know that we have some tough games to come.”
Lucien Favre: “It’s hard to accept this defeat. We completely dominated the game and started well but lacked precision. We were a bit overhasty and the foul for their first goal was unnecessary. Augsburg defended well once they went 2-0 up and tackled well. We should have been more patient, and we still have plenty to do.”
Arminia Bielefeld 1-0 Köln
Uwe Neuhaus: “The game was characterized by commitment and fight. FC was always dangerous with standards. In the end we are the lucky winners.”
Markus Gisdol: “It didn’t look like we’d lose the game for a long time. I saw an even game. After the break we were stable, we conceded a goal from a chance that wasn’t there. We could have scored points in both games, but unfortunately we didn’t take anything from the games.”
Schalke 1-3 Werder Bremen
David Wagner: “We didn’t play well during the first half. Before half-time, it was a closely-fought game with few chances. We then failed to defend on the set pieces and went behind. The second half was better. After the break, both Vedad and Nassim had a chance to get us back in the game, but unfortunately, we failed to take advantage of these chances. The game was over once we conceded the third goal.
“Of course it’s disappointing. But in the end every new game is a possibility. I don’t question the character of the team, but they could not implement the plan today. I am primarily responsible for ensuring that they implement it. You have to ask yourself, are you part of the solution or part of the problem. And I am convinced that I can be part of the solution.”
Florian Kohfeldt: “It wasn’t a game with a lot of passing football tonight. We wanted to get in quickly behind the Schalke back line, and the boys did that well. It was a well-deserved win, which we earned due to our efforts in the first half and after the 65th minute. We played well for much of the game, and our intensity was good.
“The key tonight was definitely our set pieces, which we took full advantage of before half-time. During the second half, there was a short period in which we were a bit sloppy. If Schalke had scored to make it 2-1, then things could have gotten tight once again.”
Hoffenheim 4-1 Bayern Munich
Sebastian Hoeneß: ”We wanted to play very bold and attacking football today. But we didn’t get off to a good start. We then worked our way into the match and seized a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately they pulled one back out of nowhere. The team responded unbelievably well, which wasn’t an easy thing to do. We did well to find space between the lines, and that’s how we managed to score the third goal.
“We’re unbelievably happy today. It was an exceptionally strong team performance. This win shows that we’re on the right track. Sitting at the top of the table means nothing to me. We want to build on this success next weekend in Frankfurt.”
Hansi Flick: ”I have to give Hoffenheim huge credit. They played very well and were set up perfectly. We didn’t have many chances. I’m not pinning this all on fatigue. We controlled the game in the first half, but we just weren’t able to create many chances. I can’t fault my team for their commitment or desire. We weren’t as decisive as we usually are, but we’ll be able to draw a line under this game.”
Freiburg 1-1 VfL Wolfsburg
Christian Streich: “I’m satisfied, but not with the result due to the chances we had to score at least a second goal. We played well going forward. We had games like last week in Stuttgart, where we were lucky, unfortunately that wasn’t the case today. I can live with one point against Wolfsburg. But more was possible. ”
Oliver Glasner: “I’m very happy with the point today and very happy with the way the team fought for it. We had big problems for 20 or 25 minutes in the second half, and Freiburg put a lot of pressure on us. Pavao Pervan saved us several times during this period We brought in eight new players. We have never played or trained in this formation together. So you have to be happy with the point.”