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 30.
VfL Bochum 1-1 Borussia Dortmund
Thomas Letsch: “We are, of course, really happy with the point. The basis for us to stay in the league is team unity. We have to stick together as a team and as a club – I felt that today. It was a pretty wild ride in the first half, on both sides. Dortmund put on more pressure, had more opportunities. But we also had moments of getting us on the counter.
“My team threw everything into the game. I think the point is happy, but absolutely deserved. We fought for it today, and it can be very important. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for our neighbors from Dortmund that the title fight will remain exciting until the end.”
Edin Terzić: “It was the expectedly intense game. We missed taking the lead in the first half. In the second half, we had fewer chances, but three or four really good opportunities. Unfortunately, the referees made the wrong decisions at key moments. It’s not easy for the referees to make decisions at this speed and intensity.
“Nevertheless, I’m disappointed that nothing was done today to prevent wrong decisions from happening. When you don’t manage to score goals under your own steam, and that’s added to it, it’s hard to win. Congratulations to VfL Bochum on this passionate performance. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that you continue to stay in the Bundesliga.”
Union Berlin 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen
Urs Fischer: “We are satisfied because it was a very intense game. We wanted to try to win the game, but in the end you have to be sensible and clever. There were chances for both sides and that’s why it was a great 0-0 for me.”
Xabi Alonso: “”We were ready to play a tough game. Union haven’t lost here this season. And we found out why. We had a couple of chances in the first half, Union too. We defended well. In the end I think the draw is fair.”
RB Leipzig 1-0 Hoffenheim
Marco Rose: “We played a very good first half and had many chances to score. Christo then scored the deserved goal. Overall, we allowed little. We didn’t play ithat well after the break. We lost control of the game a bit and didn’t have much possession of the ball.
“To counteract this, we also made four changes. We managed to keep the clean sheet today. That’s why we’re very happy about the 1-0 win. That gives us a boost for next week with the two Freiburg games. There are decisions to be made, so today was an important win.”
Pellegrino Matarazzo: “We played a decent game, even if the first half was too flawed to get anything countable in Leipzig. We were much more stable in the second half, but didn’t create enough big chances for us. The energy on the pitch was right. We are aware of the situation, we know what to expect. Today’s game showed that we are ready for what awaits us against Frankfurt on Saturday.”
VfB Stuttgart 2-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Sebastian Hoeneß: “We saw two strong teams. Gladbach is very strong and can solve pressure situations in a playful way. So it was a game of phases. We didn’t allow too much and in the first half we had a slight chance plus, although we could have played one or the other promising situation more purposefully.
“We didn’t come out of the break well, but we remained stable and worked well against the ball in terms of running. The 1:1 was bitter. After that, the team showed a great reaction again. The heads didn’t go down. Players immediately refocused.
“After going 2-1, we missed making it 3-1, but we also had to get through one situation. The win is okay. It’s an important win. It is also important, that the team acts as a unit and overcomes difficult situations together. Aside from the result, I’m pleased with the way the team clinched this win.”
Daniel Farke: “It’s obvious that we’re disappointed with the result. We lacked a bit of sharpness, energy and assertiveness in both penalty areas in the first half. In the second half, I can’t give the lads any blame, we fought back with a lot of energy and passion, had the momentum on our side, but then gave it away again.
“The lads still tried everything up to the last second. I can’t fault passion, mentality and character. I’m anything but dissatisfied with what we’ve invested.”
Köln 0-1 Freiburg
Steffen Baumgart: “It’s hard to find the right words when you play well and then lose anyway. It was an open game to the end. The boys gave everything. The fact that Freiburg uses the set-piece to score also shows their quality in a way. But it’s nice to see that we’re back on our way.
“We’ve dropped points in a few games this season. It’s annoying when you leave so much behind on the pitch.”
Christian Streich: “Today it was certainly not the better team that won, but the luckier one. The pitch wasn’t good, incredibly slippery. Cologne was extremely strong, hats off. We had an outstanding goalkeeper, good phases before and after half-time and we defended like crazy. The mentality of the lads is why we don’t lose such close games.”
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Augsburg
Oliver Glasner: “That was the fourth 1-1 draw in a row at home and it’s been a similar pattern every time. We have to accept that but obviously we’re not satisfied. Augsburg deserved the point over the 90 minutes. We’re playing laboured football at the moment, we have more complicated than simple solutions.
“We were lucky to go in front, then sat back and conceded a very simple goal. That knocked us for six. We tried everything towards the end, but we didn’t manage to fashion crystal-clear chances and get our attacking players into good positions.”
Enrico Maaßen: “Frankfurt played a very good first half. However, the fact that we fell behind through an own goal is very annoying and unfortunate. After the break we had the right grip and played well. The equalizer by Ermedin speaks for the spirit of the team. We earned this point with a strong second half.”
Schalke 2-1 Werder Bremen
Thomas Reis: “We didn’t play well in the first half, though that was partly down to them. Werder Bremen have had a fantastic season. Conceding a goal from our own throw-in was really disappointing, we invited them onto us. We spoke about a few things at the break which I wasn’t happy with. We had a different kind of energy on the pitch in the second half. Even though we created a number of chances, we couldn’t score initially.
“Our substitutions gave us a boost. We’re pleased that we could come from behind to win the game. Our fans helped us do that. This match can give us some additional strength for the final few weeks. Sometimes you need a little bit of luck, but I think we deserved it tonight.
Ole Werner: “Of course we are disappointed. The defeat is hard to take, but not completely undeserved on Schalke’s part, because they had more and more of the game in the second half. In the first half, we did a really good job. In the second half, Schalke pushed us back by playing lots of balls forward. Nevertheless, we could have won the game by being more clinical, but at the end of the day, the level of our performance was not what we wanted.”