The final whistle blows, and the dust settles 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 10.
Schalke 0-3 Hoffenheim
Frank Kramer: “We’re of course disappointed. I think the team invested a lot of energy into the game. We played with courage and pressed early. That led to a great deal, but then we conceded the goals at unfortunate times. We coped well with the first setback. In the second half, we wanted to stay in it and level it up. After the third goal, Hoffenheim were very good and business-like.”
André Breitenreiter: “We played a good game and deservedly took the lead. Unfortunately, we then became too passive and allowed the opposition back into the match. Then we had a bit of luck that we survived several moments without conceding a goal. We defended better in the second half, gave little away and scored the goals at the right moments.
“We created a lot of chances for ourselves with simple, short sequences and good positional play. Now it’s all about making even better use of these opportunities. I’m happy that we kept a clean sheet and also scored three goals. We worked very well as a team. This spirit that we’ve developed sets us apart.”
Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Oliver Glasner: “It’s a richly deserved win over the full 90 minutes. The boys backed up what they’d shown me in training: they expressed themselves with nice combinations going forward. They attacked at pace and caused Leverkusen problems. For me, the best goal was the last one.
Rafa Borré, who himself hasn’t had many minutes or goals this season, was in a promising position and he squares it for Lucas Alario to score against his former club. That speaks volumes about the togetherness in the whole squad. Everyone wants success for each other”.
Xabi Alonso: “We ran into problems from the start, didn’t have the necessary intensity. It’s our fault, there are no excuses. There are a lot of things to learn from today’s game. We have to believe in it that we can get better. The potential is there.”
VfB Stuttgart 4-1 VfL Bochum
Michael Wimmer: “We started the game really well and deservedly went 2-0 up. We became too passive after that and it was during that period that Bochum scored a well-earned goal to make it 2-1.
“At half-time we said we wanted to go out and press them high straight away – but that didn’t work very well initially. Bochum were the better team at the time. Then we made it 3-1 out of the blue and played out the rest of the game with purpose.”
Thomas Letsch: “For me, the result doesn’t really reflect how the game went. Overall, we played quite well, even if it sounds strange after a 4-1 loss. We were even quite dominant at times and had a huge chance of equalizing 2-2.
“In return, we conceded the equalizer. A lot of things were fine, but we played worse than VfB in the key areas. Ultimately, we made it too easy for our opponents to score goals. That’s why we go home without a point.”
Werder Bremen 0-2 Mainz
Ole Werner: “At the start of the game, in which it went back and forth, we had the came under control and created some good chances. Up until the goal, Mainz hadn’t caused many problems. It came out of thin air, from losing possession during a stage of the game when we were in full control. Mainz defended very deep after that. From that point we lacked precision and tempo that we needed to cause them any problems.
“We didn’t build on our good first half and steer it towards our style. Sometimes the course of the game dictates the tempo. Getting into that position against a team like Mainz is always going to be difficult. We could have done better at trying to solve our problems today. We have been able to do it before against similar teams already this season, but we just didn’t manage that this afternoon.”
Bo Svensson: “I’m proud of my team. They believed in themselves, even if it wasn’t easy. We played cleverly in the second half and controlled the game.”
VfL Wolfsburg 2-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Niko Kovac: “Everyone in the stadium saw a very good game. It was an advert for the Bundesliga. Both sides tried to win, but I also have to say my team delivered an exceptionally good performance. Without the ball it was decent, but with the ball it was the best we’ve shown this season.
“We had a lot of really good chances, hit the woodwork twice, so we would’ve deserved to win the game. This means that if we can regularly produce this in the future, we can be a match for a lot of teams in the Bundesliga.”
Daniel Farke: “Of course, when you’re the coach of a team that was in the lead twice, I can only be completely satisfied if we then win the game. That said, I think the result is completely fair. We controlled the game at the start but then, with that feeling of dominance, we became too passive and at times weren’t precise enough in our passing.
“You also have to acknowledge the quality of the opponents. Wolfsburg played with high intensity and created chances. On the whole, it’s a good away point for us against a good team, so we’ll go home content.”
RB Leipzig 3-2 Hertha Berlin
Marco Rose: “I’m super proud that we played according to the plan in the first half. We were so dominant in the early stages. Hertha then came back, but I knew that beforehand. A great team. I’m super happy today and I’m proud of the lads.”
Sandro Schwarz: “Unfortunately, there are experiences like that. The first half wasn’t a 3-0 game either. What the boys then tore up… I love them for what they showed in the second half. The stability and aggressiveness that we get on the pitch. That’s great sport. That’s going to be the way.”
1FC Köln 3-2 Augsburg
Steffen Baumgart: “We’re really pleased to have won the game. We played a lot in their half in the first half, but Augsburg defended well. My team always believed in themselves and played forwards with a lot of intensity. After conceding the equaliser to make it 2-2 we didn’t lose the belief and deserved the win.”
Enrico Maaßen: “On the whole, Köln’s win is deserved. They were better overall and despite having played in midweek, they were really dangerous. We started the game well and scored a nice goal to take the lead. After that, we were too passive and our spells in possession were too short. The goals that we conceded should have been defended better. We have to work on that and show a better performance against Bayern and Leipzig.”
Union Berlin 2-0 Borussia Dortmund
Urs Fischer: “It’s insane and absolutely impressive when you see what the guys have already delivered. But with this physical effort you also have the chance to beat everyone. The first half was very good from us. We had the opponent under control, didn’t allow anything and of course benefited from their mistake before the first goal. At the back we could rely on a very strong Frederik Rönnow today.”
Edin Terzic: “We knew what to expect. And we knew how difficult it is here when you fall behind. When you see how the goals happened: The first goal is super unlucky; we are human, things like that happen. The second goal conceded: Where we lost the ball, how we lost the ball – those are exactly the areas where we didn’t want it.
“We tried again in the second half, through changes, through substitutions. It wasn’t enough. It’s brutally annoying and disappointing. We had a lot of possession, but mostly around the centre line. We failed to look for a clean finish, to aim for the goal. It was too little.”
Bayern Munich 5-0 Freiburg
Julian Nagelsmann: “I’m very happy with the result and the three points. We were already under pressure before the game. We were challenged. The lads implemented that very well. We defended very well, and of course we deserved to win.”
Christian Streich: “Congratulations to Julian and Bayern. We wanted to be courageous today, we wanted to get up front in the duels, but we didn’t succeed. We were always a step slower than Bayern, we were not aggressive enough. We just weren’t physically and mentally able to stand up to Bayern today.”