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 32.
Köln 5-2 Hertha Berlin
Steffen Baumgart: “I saw a very good game from us today. We had a lot of chances. After a good start, we’re suddenly behind. But the boys showed a great reaction and turned the game around. It was important for me that we didn’t give up in the second half and at least took advantage of a few of our chances to score.”
Pal Dardai: “We came here knowing what strengths our opponents had and what we should have done against them, but we couldn’t do it. The defeat was deserved. Defensively it was nothing. We can only defend together, but the gaps between the defensive and midfield lines were too big. The tackle values, especially in the air, were too bad.
“We’ll have to wait for the weekend now, if some hope comes back then, the boys still have at least one competitive game in which they can do something. We’ll have to get six points for that one way or another. We can only get them together!”
Bayern Munich 6-0 Schalke
Thomas Tuchel: “It was a deserved win. We were very attentive, combined quickly and smoothly. We created chances quickly but didn’t take them early on. In the second half we started to play again early, which gave us security and self-confidence. It was the next step in the right direction. It’s going to be a good week of training now.
“We had good energy and a good presence on the pitch. It is important that the self-confidence comes back. But there is no reason for euphoria. We have to take that energy with us now.”
Thomas Reis: “It was a fully deserved defeat. We wanted to match Bayern and be brave, which we didn’t manage at all in the first half. We lacked the aggression we have had recently. Our opponents simply wanted it more. Bayern have the quality to score goals. We tried our best to score a goal in the second half, in the hope that that might unsettle them somewhat, but the game was quickly over.
“We now have to make sure we beat Frankfurt at home, we need the three points. We knew that anyway before today and we will give our absolute all. This 6-0 loss hurts, but the important thing is where we are after matchday 34.”
Union Berlin 4-2 Freiburg
Urs Fischer: “Unfortunately, we weren’t able to repeat the performance from the first half in the second half, so things got tight again. We made it 4-2 at the right time and I think that after 90 minutes the win was deserved. Once again, my team was tireless and put in a lot of effort.
“Freiburg did well in the second half, we let ourselves be pushed in at the back. It was a bit of a roller coaster ride. We’ve qualified for the second time today for the group stage of the Europa League. It’s amazing. It’s surreal.”
Christian Streich: “I made mistakes. I started Lukas Kübler, who was sick this week. We had a few who were ailing. I thought it was okay but nothing was okay. He had circulatory problems after 25 minutes. We are very disappointed because we lost another game where there was a lot at stake. We have to deal with it now. We have the next game on Friday.”
Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 Mainz
Oliver Glasner: “It was a very deserved win. We saw an excellent first half, played very well up front. We were very versatile offensively and kept looking for depth. Above all, we were defensively stable. Mainz was hardly in our penalty area, we kept them well away. When it was 3-0, we had a great ball win from Rode and Kamada, and in Kolo Muani we had a really good weapon up front. That actually decided it, then we played it dry at home. We had really good control in the game, were very toxic when we lost the ball and didn’t let Mainz get into dangerous transition moments.
“Efficiency was also a factor. Congratulations to my players and my coaching team, I’m very happy. Now it goes on, we are in the tunnel and at the end we see the goal, called Europe. With Mainz we were able to overtake a direct competitor, now we have to keep our concentration and focus high.”
Bo Svensson: “Congratulations to Eintracht Frankfurt and Oliver Glasner on a very, very deserved win. They were better in every way. For us this is disappointing. I can’t blame my team for not wanting to, but we had to accept that the self-confidence and the mental and physical freshness weren’t there like they were a few weeks ago. I don’t have to go into the game because we were inferior in every respect and never had control.”
VfL Wolfsburg 2-1 Hoffenheim
Niko Kovac: “We are the happier winners. Hoffenheim did very well and didn’t allow much, so we didn’t develop. That’s why we tried longer balls. More was possible for Hoffenheim, we are happy that we won the game.”
Pellegrino Matarazzo: “It feels like an unnecessary defeat. My team played well and didn’t allow many chances. We, on the other hand, didn’t take advantage of our chances and weren’t effective enough with set pieces either. That feels bitter.”
VfL Bochum 3-2 Augsburg
Thomas Letsch: “We got off to a great start. Everyone who was in the stadium noticed from the first minute that the team really wanted to play. Of course, the game went exactly as we had imagined – with an early goal. The equalizer threw us a little off track. Shortly before the break and in the second half we were better again.
“We were the more active team today and finally managed to get closer again. We have earned the necessary bit of luck. The team showed absolute morale. The whole of Bochum was bubbling today. We are very happy about these three points and want to get the most out of the upcoming tasks. We haven’t achieved anything yet, now it’s off to Berlin.”
Enrico Maaßen: “We’re frustrated with this defeat. We simply weren’t good enough today. Bochum got the better of us in the key moments and that’s why they deserved to win, even if their goals were somewhat fortuitous. It’s always going to be hard to get anything when you concede three goals like that. We should have defended better for all of them. We now need to pick the team up, assess this game and then prepare for BVB.”
Borussia Dortmund 5-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Edin Terzic: “We are happy with the result – especially with the first 30 minutes. A lot of things worked there just as we had planned. We created a lot of chances and then scored the goals. The boys have always supported each other. We were still critical during the break because we wanted to finish the game in a controlled manner. That didn’t work so well. The bottom line is that we played really good football today and were able to clinch the next home win.”
Daniel Farke: “We are disappointed with this result and go home very dissatisfied. The result is well deserved due to our performance in the first half. We missed everything we had planned to do there. We were very undisciplined both with and against the ball and didn’t protect our attacks well.”
“The second half was absolutely fine. But if you play a first half like that, you’re far from being eligible for points here.”
VfB Stuttgart 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Sebastian Hoeneβ:”For us the focus was on controlling Leverkusen’s fastest players and to keep a cool head with the score still at 0-0. Our plan worked up until our goal to make it 1-0, but then we conceded the equaliser from a situation that we really shouldn’t have let in a goal from. After that we unfortunately weren’t able to take our chances to make it 2-1. I’m very pleased with the performance but not with the result. We’ll do everything we can again next week in Mainz and then we’ll see at the end of the season what today’s point gets us.”
Xabi Alonso: “It was a very intense game, also for the coaches. It’s a challenge for us to play every three days, physically and mentally. But I’m very happy, the team played until the end showed the will to win. Of course we still want to finish sixth. But first we can still achieve a big goal on Thursday.”
RB Leipzig 2-1 Werder Bremen
Marco Rose: “It was a tough game against a good Werder side who defended passionately. We made a few bad decisions and we weren’t smart enough at times. Despite that, we were always in the game and deserved the win in the end.
“We have goals that we want to achieve and we can do that next week in Munich. The spaces we get in that game will be different. Bayern are growing in confidence at the moment and are coming into some good form, but we’re doing well too. We’re going there in order to deliver a good performance.”
Ole Werner: “We left everything on the pitch. The difference in the end was the quality that came from the bench at Leipzig. You have to play consistently for 90 minutes, and we’re not able to do that at the moment.”