The final whistle blows, and the dust settle on the previous ninety minutes. But the press soon wants to get the opinions from the Bundesliga trainers whether they have won, lost, or drawn. Here’s what they had to say following matchday 5.
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Hoffenheim
Edin Terzic: “We produced a very good performance especially in the first half. We knew that TSG were strong in the challenges, and we wanted to ensure they were too late into the challenges by positioning ourselves very well and making the spaces big for them. As a result, we created a large number of scoring chances and kept the opponent very far away from our goal. That was really good.
“In the second half we gave too many balls away. We were very serious in the way we defended our goal towards the end and handled the situation professionally: that was a good step in the right direction compared to what happened 14 days ago.”
Andre Breitenreiter: “Dortmund are the deserved victors today. We were too flustered, too passive, and too nervous in the first half. We lost simple balls and lacked the necessary precision. We can do better, and we already managed to do better in the second half, especially in the final 30 minutes.
“I did not speak in superlatives after our wins and by the same token I will not badmouth everything today. We need to analyse things; self-criticism is of course required. I remain convinced we can have a good season. We need to learn from a match like today and do better next time.”
Bayer Leverkusen 2-3 Freiburg
Gerardo Seoane: “It’s an annoying defeat for us. We played a very good first half. We were always good in the transition game; one or two goals would have been possible. We lost the game because we didn’t defend two or three situations with the clarity, we did in the first half. I saw a good performance today. No points this time, it’s disappointing.”
Christian Streich: “First came Roland Sallai’s injury, which was a bit of a shock, then came the goal. We weren’t secure enough on the ball and didn’t get into the spaces well enough. Then two mistakes by Leverkusen helped us to take the lead with two set-piece goals It was a lucky win because Leverkusen had more chances. We’re currently doing well in terms of results. I can put that into perspective very well.”
Union Berlin 1-1 Bayern Munich
Urs Fischer: “Bayern were closer to victory. But all in all, we just showed a top game in terms of defensive performance. Even though Bayern had more than 70 percent possession, we were never passive. The team did a great job, we won the ball well in both halves but were sometimes too imprecise. In the end we deserved a point.”
Julian Nagelsmann: “As far as the result is concerned, it’s okay. We didn’t exploit our chances like we did against Mönchengladbach. Of course, we were closer to the lead, especially in the second half. Unfortunately, the energy level was not at the same level as last time, but that happens. Union defends passionately.
“In the first half we had two huge chances, in the second half we had two top situations that we didn’t finish off ideally. In the end, the result is not undeserved for either team, even if we were maybe closer. We’ll have to settle for the point.”
VfL Wolfsburg 2-4 Köln
Nico Kovac: “Cologne is the deserved winner; you have to say that clearly. We made life difficult for ourselves by being careless on defence again. A penalty, an own goal – anything can happen. But we didn’t keep up with the first goal and we weren’t aggressive enough. That runs like a red thread through our season so far: we simply make too many mistakes that are punished in the Bundesliga.
“Now we have to make sure that we remain calm. The focus now is on winning our battles and good defence. Because you won’t win games if you always concede more than two goals.
Steffen Baumgart: “Of course we are satisfied with the result, but also with the performance. We didn’t start the game well, but it has to be said that the goal was a very good one. Then my team found their way back very well, played clearly and managed to turn the game around.
“The performance was right today, also in the second half. There were two important situations for me, namely 1-0 and then 2-3. The boys responded well to both goals. We didn’t leave the field undeservedly as winners.”
Vfl Bochum 0-2 Werder Bremen
Thomas Reis: “”It’s very, very bitter again. I saw a team that fought self-sacrificingly, was wide awake from the first minute. We did really well in the second half too. Then you score a goal that’s disallowed for handball that’s very annoying. Unfortunately, we’re without points again. Now we’re moving on, it won’t be easy to get the players up.”
Ole Werner: “It was a very turbulent game with the better ending for us. We did really well after the first ten minutes but didn’t manage to take the lead. Bochum had more of the game than us in the second half, we didn’t get our game going, but then we had that little bit of luck that you need. The way we defended showed a clear improvement in performance.”
VfB Stuttgart 1-1 Schalke
Pellegrino Matarazzo: “It was a decent start, not a good one. And we were good once we went down to ten men. Everything else wasn’t good enough, for me it was the worst game of the season. We had an extremely large number of unnecessary turnovers, we weren’t sharp, we weren’t lively, our timing was always wrong, there was a certain unrest there.
“Our offensive game stopped after the goal was conceded. We didn’t play football anymore, so you can’t win a game like that.”
Frank Kramer: “We put in a committed performance and that’s what we needed. We were slightly unfortunate to go behind after an individual mistake. My team showed a great reaction and got us back on track right away. It was a disciplined and good display overall. We had three good chances in the last 15 to 20 minutes and could have taken more from the game with them. We played better today and showed that we had put last week’s game behind us.
“We were a real unit on the pitch. We had control of the game in the last 20 minutes. Having an extra man can be dangerous if you relax too much and let them hit you on the break. We waited patiently for our chances and unfortunately didn’t take them. We’ll take the point.”
Eintracht Frankfurt 4-0 RB Leipzig
Oliver Glasner: “Compliments to the team! It was a very good performance, especially defensively. We were very alert. It’s an absolutely deserved win. The boys were very disciplined, everyone is giving 100 percent on defence. It was a very nice evening for us.”
Domenico Tedesco (RB Leipzig coach): “That was a well deserved defeat today. We completely missed the basics, weren’t even on the pitch in the first half. We weren’t aggressive at all. We lost the balls so quickly. We were terrible , a disaster. If you play three systems and nothing changes, it’s the mentality.
“You can only enjoy the Champions League when things are going well in the league. So at the moment it’s difficult because we’re all very disappointed with the result.”
FC Augsburg 0-1 Hertha Berlin
Enrico Maaβen: “We are very disappointed because we wanted to give our fans their first home win. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to do that, even though we had a good game plan. We were able to put on good amounts of pressure, but we unravelled due to technical errors. Furthermore, we lacked composure in promising situations, and we made the wrong decisions too often. After we went 1-0 down, we didn’t manage to come back. It’s very frustrating, but we have to stay positive. And while it is not an excuse, we have to remember who was not available to us today due to injury.”
Sandro Schwarz: “It was a very intensive game; we immediately got stuck into the match. We showed good defensive stability over the course of the game, and were also strong up front – even though we didn’t create that many big chances. In the second half we got the goal and turned the game I our favour, so ultimately we earned our victory at the end.”
Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-1 Mainz
Daniel Farke: “We’re unhappy with the result, but our performance was really good, with the exception of the starting phase. We didn’t start the game well. Mainz didn’t create chance after chance in this initial phase, but I wasn’t happy with it. But then we fought our way into the game and did a lot of things really well from then on.
“Unfortunately, we missed a lot of great chances before the break. Nico Elvedi had to go off the break, followed shortly afterwards by Alassane Plea. Then we got a very unfortunate red card because Karim Onisiwo was clearly offside, but the ball got to him from Marvin Friedrich’s shoulder. The subsequent free kick from 25 meters went straight into the top corner. Somehow all things that can go against you in football happened today. That’s why we ended up losing the game.”
Bo Svensson: “We played a good first half and were the better team. We had really good chances to score from the game, good intensity on the pitch and good pressing. We were a bit lucky on a couple of occasions, but I was still very happy with the first half.
“We started well in the second half and then scored the goal. We didn’t play that cleverly when we had a man extra, and funnily enough, Gladbach were the better team. In the end we were maybe a bit lucky not to concede the equaliser. Overall, there are a lot of positive things to take away from this game.”