He Said What? The Matchday 3 Trainer Soundbites

Union Berlin 4-0 Mainz

Urs Fischer: “If you win 4-0, you can be satisfied. But we will look at the game again and analyse it. We were efficient in the crucial phases, that gives confidence and triggers the opposite in the opponent.”

Jan-Moritz Lichte: “The situation before the game was difficult, but it shouldn’t be an excuse that we conceded four. It only has to do with our performance on the pitch. We keep getting into situations where it isn’t the system that is decisive, but individual actions.  After this game you get the feeling that we have to work on everything. First of all, we have to get to the point where every individual is self-critical and wants to improve again.”

Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Freiburg

Lucien Favre: “It was really tough at the start. ‘They pressed very aggressively. ‘It was really hard for us to control the ball. Things improved after 25 minutes. We were able to play better and, besides the goal, we had a lot of chances before half-time. The timing of the second goal – just two minutes after the interval – was perfect. That gave the team even more confidence and, in the end, it was a clear and deserved win.”

Christian Streich: “For thirty minutes we were very good against the ball. We wanted to be very courageous and attack high. We did that. Then we lost the ball before the 1-0 – that gave Dortmund the upper hand. The fans had already become restless. We weren’t precise enough with the ball for the entire game.”

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Hoffenheim

Adi Hütter: “I thought the win was fully deserved. We came out very well after the break and were able to dictate the game. The second half in particular was a lot of fun. Our objective today was to beat Hoffenheim and overtake them in the table. We’re league leaders at the moment, but that won’t last forever.”

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Sebastian Hoeneß: “We didn’t get off to a good start in either half. Frankfurt were able to take advantage of that after half-time. It’s a needless defeat for us. We conceded the decisive goal in our best phase of the second half. That was a real slap in the face for us. I can’t blame the team. We threw everything we had at them after going down 2-1, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough.”

Köln 1-3 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Markus Gisdol: “We weren’t alert enough at times and that made things too easy for Borussia. We didn’t get stuck into the tackles in the first 25 minutes and Gladbach were clinical. They barely allowed us any chances and deserved to win; you have to say.”

Marco Rose: “We worked hard in training this week and talked about the things that didn’t go well against Union Berlin. Köln also played with a back-three and we dealt with it much better today than we did last week.

“We moved our opponents around more and managed to create space. We were also clinical in the final third and went 2-0 up early on. We could have seen the victory out a little better though.”

Werder Bremen 1-0 Arminia Bielefeld

Florian Kohfeldt: “It’s a very good feeling to have won. We had said before the game that it’s the type of match that can really help to kick-start your season. In the first half, we played very well and had complete control in my eyes. We matched Bielefeld well and created some good chances, as well as the offside goal.

“What we really need to talk about is the second half. We came unstuck with two or three long balls and started to lose the control we had. At the end, we had a bit of luck, but it was not an undeserved victory by any stretch of the imagination.”

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Uwe Neuhaus: “We have to start with self-criticism: We did a lot of wrong things with and against the ball in the first half and were lacking a lot. In the second half we created a few chances, but unfortunately none of them were exploited. That doesn’t upset us, we’re too solid for that.”

VfB Stuttgart 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Pellegrino Matarazzo: “We didn’t have our best game today and we gave the opposition a little bit too much respect, particularly in the early exchanges, and that held us back for a while. What we did show today once again though is that we have real strength of character and determination, and we managed to fight our way back like we did in the previous matches. It’s a question of wanting it – and we give it everything we’ve got right until the final whistle.”

Peter Bosz: “Normally we have to win the game today. We had a chance to make it 2-0. We played badly and we would have had five points. That’s not enough now. Stuttgart did well, they were aggressive.”

RB Leipzig 4-0 Schalke

Julian Nagelsmann: “We showed that we’re really hungry to be successful. If we’d had a better killer instinct, we could’ve scored even more goals. It was key that our gegenpressing was so good. Our quality stopped Schalke being able to play. We deserve the victory.”

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Manuel Baum: “Everyone could see that we came up against a really good Leipzig side. We’re obviously very disappointed because we didn’t play well enough throughout the game. We were too late to the ball when pressing, as you could see with the goals we conceded. It didn’t work. When we did win the ball, we gave it away again too quickly. We also weren’t courageous enough in possession.

“The players’ heads went down at 1-0 and they started to doubt themselves again. To be successful, we need to find a way to play with confidence and the players have to take responsibility on the pitch. I’m positive looking to the future, because I’m excited to find ways of getting out of this situation with the players.

VfL Wolfsburg 0-0 Augsburg 

Oliver Glasner: “I’m not happy with the result, but I’m very pleased with the performance. We struggled to get into the game initially, but we were in complete control after that. We kept our opponents in their own half for the most part and had a lot of good chances. It just wasn’t meant to be today, unfortunately. The goal was disallowed due to offside and would have been enough to give us the win. I’m very happy with the team’s determination to win the game right until the final whistle.”

Iraklis Metaxas: “The result is good, we defended well, but we had some room to improve on offence. But, it’s also a difficult task to maintain the same efficiency we had in our most recent matches. At the end of both halves we weren’t really able to maintain possession and allowed our opponents some chances.

“Heiko Herrlich was in touch right away after the game and congratulated us on the draw. He drew similar conclusions from the game and would have made the same substitutions we did. That shows that we have a similar way of thinking and harmony within the team. I was especially pleased to see that we played as a team. That’s also represented by the fact that we are unbeaten in our last four games, if you include the DFB-Pokal.”

Bayern Munich 4-3 Hertha Berlin

Hansi Flick: “We must take the overall situation into account. It isn’t so easy for the players, not all of them are at 100 percent. We know we can work better in defence, act as a unit and put our opponents under pressure. We’re just lacking a few percent at the moment. But I’m pleased with the team’s mentality, we’re at 100 percent in that regard. We have the absolute desire to win. Now it’s about showing the beautiful football everybody loves after the international break.

“We can perform well despite the tiredness. Robert Lewandowski showed it today, he converted four chances. Robert is an absolute goal-getter. It’s important to me that he also adds the other elements, setting up goals and working defensively. He does so, which is why I’m very pleased with him. He has special qualities. A big compliment to the team, for their mentality alone. The way we played wasn’t like Bayern, we know that.”

Bruno Labbadia: “It isn’t so easy to draw a conclusion today. We are deeply disappointed that we did not manage to take a point away from the game, a point that would have been deserved. The team has worked tirelessly. They kept coming back. But we conceded goals that were too easy, those really hurt. Bayern won the game because of the individual quality of Robert Lewandowski. But there could have been more in it for us and the team were not rewarded for their efforts”.

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