He Said What? The Matchday 4 Trainer Soundbites

Hoffenheim 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

Sebastian Hoeneß: “Our objective today was to frustrate Dortmund. We did that well, especially in the opening 45 minutes, but after that it was an open game. We were lacking a bit of penetration in our play out from the back.

“In the first half, we didn’t manage to turn our good chances into a goal. We cannot allow ourselves to concede a goal like that. We hadn’t given away any clear chances up until that point. It was an open match up until that point.”

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Lucien Favre: “We’ll keep working on ourselves. But all 11 players need to work together to make it work. We’re not doing that too badly at the moment. Marco Reus was injured for a week after the Freiburg match and couldn’t consistently train with the team. Erling Haaland has played three times for Norway in the past few days. Hence why both players only came off the bench. There’ll be more corona cases to come. It’s not good to travel at present. We all need to remain vigilant.”

Freiburg 1-1 Werder Bremen

Christian Streich: “I’m dissatisfied with the result. If you have so many breakthroughs and so rarely create the chances, then you won’t score. You can’t win the game like that. It’s very disappointing because we were in the lead in two home games and we didn’t win either.”

Florian Kohfeldt: “We played well in parts, but not when you look at the 90 minutes as a whole. It was a game that consisted of different phases. Freiburg started the game well and outplayed us at the start of the first half. We’d planned to switch up our tactics from the beginning because it’s clear that Freiburg are very flexible with their tactics. To force them to think on their feet, we planned to start with four men at the back and then change it to three after about 20 minutes.

“However, we had to make that switch earlier than planned because Freiburg started so well. That was why it wasn’t the end of the world that Freiburg took the lead, although it would have been much better if we hadn’t conceded then obviously.

“After we equalised though, we were much better right up to the interval. In the second half, Freiburg certainly created a lot more chances and they looked dangerous. Towards the end they really pushed us. The last 10 minutes often ends up being how you remember a match, but we played well in other phases of the game. I thought we were very good with the ball but out of possession, it was perhaps the worst I’ve seen us so far this season. But at the end of the day, we’ll gladly take the point back to Bremen with us.”

Hertha Berlin 0-2 VfB Stuttgart

Bruno Labbadia: “We imagined things completely differently. We wanted to put VfB under pressure. We did well at the beginning, but then we lost our direction and conceded the 1-0 too easily. After that we tried a lot, but the game up front was very messy. At halftime we made it clear to the players that we had to get our positional play better. It was too cheap a defeat. It was not because VfB were so strong that we lost 2-0 here.”

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Pellegrino Matarazzo: “The first goal came at a good time for us as we hadn’t started that well. From then until half-time it was an even contest. We didn’t give much away and I always felt that we could pose a threat going forward. The boys gave everything, defended as a block, and put their hearts into it. That pleased me a lot. We’d be well advised to keep our feet on the ground after this win and continue to work hard on our development.”

Mainz 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Jan-Moritz Lichte: “We invested a lot – but you can see from the data that Leverkusen also had to invest a lot to win the game. A point would not have been undeserved. At the moment it is bitter for us, but we will continue. You could see that we try to win games with everything – really everything.”

Peter Bosz: “I’m very happy that we won. After three draws, that was important for us, you could see that. Because we played the game very carefully, we deserved it. We played against a team with a lot of energy. They also really wanted to get a good result today.”

Augsburg 0-2 RB Leipzig

Heiko Herrlich: “We can be proud of our performance. Our aim was to keep our clean sheet intact for as long as possible. We wanted to defend well and break into the final third with quick build-up play. Leipzig have the best Gegenpress in the Bundesliga and unfortunately, we were unable to play our way out of it. We were unlucky that Tobias Strobl couldn’t make contact with his headed chance.

“It’s annoying that we conceded right before half-time. We wanted to put some more pressure on after that, but you obviously can’t plan for such an incredible goal. In the end, we had our own opportunities, but we know that we have to analyse this defeat.”

Julian Nagelsmann: “We were the better team and deserved to win. Looking ahead, playing really well is sometimes less important as long as we are picking up the points to achieve our goals. Every point is important, and we’re pleased to have come away with all three today.

“It’s not easy to play against an opponent who sets themselves up to play long balls and win set pieces. Augsburg were very, very hardworking today. You have to be patient and work out how to win by adapting your game – it’s not so easy. We gave the ball away too easily at times and also made simple mistakes in our build-up play. But we were deserved winners today.”

Arminia Bielefeld 1-4 Bayern Munich

Uwe Neuhaus: “The fact that FC Bayern have another level of quality, that we know. We knew before the game too that we could lose by a lot of goals. But nonetheless we aren’t happy, particularly with the first half. We still have the capacity to improve at the back and in attack.”

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Hansi Flick: “The first half was close to what we want. But we had about five minutes where we were too careless. I’m not pleased about that and that made our lives somewhat difficult. For me, Thomas Müller with Robert Lewandowski were our two best players in the match. Of course, we can defend better than we did, but we’re also missing some training sessions. It will be a challenge, but there is no other option and for that reason we’ll take it.”

Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-1 VfL Wolfsburg

Marco Rose: “We were on top in the first half and were getting shots away, which is what brings games to life. Wolfsburg improved after the break, so you have to say that a draw is a fair result. It was a high-intensity game and little things made the difference as to whether you control phases of the game or not.

“The fact of the matter is, however, that we took the lead and then we need to get that 1-0 advantage over the line. We’re now looking forward to the run of games we’ve got ahead of us.”

Oliver Glasner: “At the end of the day, I’m very pleased with the result. We fell behind in the 78th minute but still managed to fight back. I’m very happy with our performance, especially in the second half. After the break we were really good, kept the ball away from our goal and had a few good chances to score. But then just as we were piling on the pressure, we conceded an unfortunate penalty.

“I’m very pleased the players didn’t let their heads hang but made amends for it as a team. Overall, we deserved to take a point and it was a fair result.”

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Former writer at Goal.com and JustFootball, I've been doing my thing for Bundesliga Fanatic since 2015. A long-suffering Werder Bremen fan and disciple of the Germanic holy trinity...Bier. Wurst und Fußball

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