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 33.
Freiburg 2-0 VfL Wolfsburg
Christian Streich: “It was all there against a good Wolfsburg team. And then you force it with a deflected goal. The team played a great game. And then there are the stories. Then Nils does what he is so incredibly good at. Standing in the right place with his incredible technique.”
Niko Kovac: “In the end it was a deserved defeat. The game was balanced up to the 70th minute. Then we conceded the goal with a deflected shot. After that we didn’t have any more faith. The last 20 minutes were crucial.”
Hoffenheim 4-2 Union Berlin
Pellegrino Matarazzo: “We put in a good performance in the first half. We didn’t want to invite the opponent, we acted cleverly and maturely. We found the depth at the right moment. Especially in the early stages of the second half, we had to endure a period of pressure from the Berliners. Things got a lot better after Munas Dabbur came on, we held the ball well.
“Today only the three points and staying up in the league count, which is now very, very, very likely. When the pressure is at its highest, you can celebrate the greatest emotions. That’s just good. It is a great feeling. The boys deserved it, they rewarded themselves. Coming out of the valley was brutal.”
Urs Fischer: “Congratulations to Pellegrino and his team on the win. Football is a game of mistakes. We have made too many individual mistakes and given many gifts. After the unnecessary 0:2 deficit, the team caught up again. In the second half we put on a lot of pressure and created a lot of chances. We also did the 3-1 win for Hoffenheim. So it becomes difficult if you want to win a Bundesliga game. But Hoffenheim also made good use of it.”
Hertha Berlin 1-1 VfL Bochum
Pal Dardai: “In the first half we lacked consistency. We were very well set up and put our opponents under pressure. The draw at the break was fair. After our lead we had chances for the second or third goal, but we didn’t take “advantage of the chances. We didn’t get relegated today, but at other points this season. Players must learn to work against the ball. We have to accept the relegation. We want to work, then Hertha BSC will have a good future.
Thomas Letsch: “We’re happy about the point. But we are far from being euphoric. The boys are supposed to celebrate the point with the amazing fans. Next week it’s on against Leverkusen. We have the relegation place in our own hands, that’s crucial. For the neutral spectator it was a great football game because it went back and forth.
“It was a fantastic atmosphere here. It was my first time in the Olympic Stadium, very impressive. We had huge chances at the beginning where we have to take the lead. After that we didn’t play as we had discussed. The game got wild, but in the end the team was rewarded for the effort.”
Schalke 2-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
Thomas Reis: “We were all hoping for more and resolved to keep the three points here. Unfortunately we didn’t succeed. We started the game very well with a header, but after that it was very hectic. It’s annoying how the first Frankfurt goal came about, I would have preferred a different decision. We could have defended the goal we conceded better. We were too far away from the man and gave Frankfurt the opportunity to get the sixteen. It was a clear shot and the ball was in. In the second half, Eintracht took a 2-1 lead due to our simple mistakes.
“My team then tried to constantly play for the equalizer and for the winning goal. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite enough. Even if it hurts now, we have to see that we regenerate and prepare for Leipzig. Then we’ll see what that point was worth.”
Oliver Glasner: “That was a déjà vu for us in the past away games. If you’re down 1-0 in a heated atmosphere, it becomes even more difficult. We showed a good reaction, kept going forward and equalised. It was an energetic performance against an opponent fighting for sporting survival. What’s annoying is that we give away victory with simple mistakes. We scored two goals again, came back but didn’t reward ourselves.
“We gave everything against a highly motivated opponent. I have respect for the team, how they fought. We have to accept the result. Overall, we conceded too many goals away from home to take three points with us.”
Werder Bremen 1-1 Köln
Ole Werner: “”I’m really happy, even if I can’t show it yet. I’m too exhausted for that. Every point you get in the Bundesliga is just earned very, very hard. As a promoted team, that’s a lot for us more, that has been shown by the season.
“Nevertheless, it cannot be taken for granted that we will remain in this league. We have worked hard for this. We have had our good moments, but also our difficulties. We have that together as a club, as a team, as team. That deserves respect for every single employee, for every player who contributed to it and everyone around it. That’s why I’m a very, very happy coach today.”
Steffen Baumgart: “The bottom line is that we’re happy to take this point with us. We played a very good first half, after that Bremen got into the game better. It’s nice that both clubs can meet each other next season see you again in the Bundesliga.”
Bayern Munich 1-3 RB Leipzig
Thomas Tuchel: “When you play so far below your own level and the level keeps dropping, it’s difficult to win games. The initial phase was okay, it was enough to take the lead. Then we stopped after 30 minutes. We weren’t there in the second half. We’re coming from a good phase. I see the team training, I see the spirit, the quality of training, the build-up to the game, but at the moment I have no explanation as to how something like this can happen. It’s the little things that count, you have to be brave. It’s all about us. We lost this game because of our behavior. But the season is not over yet.”
Marco Rose: “”Bayern weren’t that much better than us. We know how we won. We felt at the break that we could do a lot of things better. We lost too many easy balls in the first half and were agitated with the ball. We then wanted to be more compact, put in more intensity and we also knew that something was possible today. With the counterattack to equalize, the belief grew that we had them on the hook and we took advantage of that. It was a great achievement from us to be there in such an important phase of the season.”
Mainz 1-4 VfB Stuttgart
Bo Svensson: “It was a balanced first half. We had the better chances to score. We started okay after the break too. After the 2-1 goal, Stuttgart was better, we dropped our heads. We conceded too many goals in the fourth game in a row. If you concede goals like that, you can’t compete in the Bundesliga.”
Sebastian Hoeneβ: “We’re very pleased with the win. There was a lot of pressure on us today. The equaliser to make it 1-1 was really important for us, mentally speaking. We played more freely over the course of the second half and did well. With the score at 3-1, Fabian Bredlow made two huge saves to prevent the closing stages becoming too nerve-wracking. It’s not easy to come from behind in Mainz with the pressure we were under, so I’m proud of the team. The game against Hoffenheim will be another big challenge that we’ll focus on and prepare for right away.”
Augsburg 0-3 Borussia Dortmund
Enrico Maaβen: “My team gave everything. The key scene was of course the red card. It was very tough, even if you can give it. That’s annoying. In the end it wasn’t possible against this individual class, to get a point. Now, of course, there’s even more pressure in Gladbach.”
Edin Terzic: “This year we are closer than we have been for a long time. Now we have to go full throttle again and then we can finally – hopefully! – hold the championship trophy in your hand. We now need the emotions in the city, in the stadium, and then we take care of the football. So that we’re back from the start, show a good game and see it through to the end. Now it’s about taking this one step together. We’ve earned 70 points so far. That was before the season, after the upheaval and especially not foreseeable after the illnesses and injuries.”
Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Xabi Alonso: “We started well, had control for much of the game and deservedly led 2-0. There were enough chances to decide the game with a third goal early in the second half. I’m not happy with our performance towards the end, because we allowed Gladbach to take over proceedings more and more and weren’t proactive enough. Both of their goals came from defensive mistakes, which we cannot allow to happen at this level. Now we have to win in Bochum next week if we want to defend sixth place.”
Daniel Farke: “We didn’t act quickly enough in the first half. We were too sloppy in possession and gave the ball away cheaply too many times. We needed to be more awake and sharper. We didn’t defend crosses well in particular and we deserved to be 2-0 down at half time. I’m really proud of my team’s reaction though. Putting in a second-half performance like that at 2-0 down against one of Europe’s best counterattacking sides is really impressive. We never gave up and forced the goals. We more than deserved the equaliser. We could almost be disappointed that we didn’t manage to go on and win.”
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