He said what? The post-match reactions to Bundesliga matchday 22

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 22.

Köln 0-1 Werder Bremen

Timo Schultz: “We had planned a lot more and are very disappointed; we lacked courage and conviction in the first half. We weren’t able to create any great chances in the second half either. Defensively it was okay again, offensively we have to step it up a notch. We all know that. We have to get into the final third and the opponent’s box quicker and more often. The boys play with a lot of passion, but it won’t be enough going forward. We have to keep working on that.”

Ole Werner: “It was the game we expected. Cologne was very well organised and very passionate. Their speed has always made them dangerous. But we were in the game in every phase and had a good direct duel. 

“Like Cologne, we struggled with the ball for a long time on the difficult pitch. It is important that you still remain disciplined. We knew how to classify the performance against Heidenheim – the team remains stable in many things and that is a good basis.”

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VfL Wolfsburg 1-1 Borussia Dortmund

Niko Kovac: “We started the game really well and had one or two strong moves in Dortmund’s penalty area before we conceded. What the team did on offense was really good. We created a wealth of chances to score, we’re just missing the last detail. Nevertheless, the team did a great job today and fought passionately against a Champions League participant who has performed really well in the last few weeks. The proportion of the game was higher for BVB, but we had the clearer chances, which is why we could have won this game. I’m proud of the boys.”

Edin Terzic: “We are not satisfied, neither with the performance nor with the result. We were able to score a really nice goal, but then didn’t manage to maintain control and rhythm, so that Wolfsburg were able to create a few really good chances – especially at the end of the first half. In the second half it was a very open game with different phases. In the end I think we had more of the game, but VfL had the clearer chances to score. That bothers us, so it’s a fair draw.

Mainz 1-0 Augsburg

Bo Henriksen: “We played very well in the first half and could have scored two goals. Overall it was a good start and I’m proud of the players because they gave everything. They implemented the match plan and showed energy, passion and emotion instead of fear. That’s the most important thing for me and the next step – because we have to fight in every game and keep attacking even when we’re leading 1-0.”

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Jess Thorup: “No duels, no second balls – Mainz were clearly better at that, so the defeat was deserved. We knew what to expect – but just talking about it is one thing, bringing it onto the pitch is another. We didn’t manage to do that today. It was fortunate that we were only 1-0 down at half-time and that gave us a chance to come back. 

“Unfortunately we didn’t manage to do that. We don’t want to distract from our performance, but there were two hand situations that you would expect the referee to look at for themselves. We have to deal with the defeat self-critically and look forward.”

Hoffenheim 0-1 Union Berlin

Pellegrino Matarazzo: “It’s difficult to process that we’ve lost this game. The first half was even, perhaps Union had one or two better chances. It was then one-way traffic in the second half but we did not take our opportunities. 

“That makes it difficult to win a match in the Bundesliga. Instead, Union scored with their first chance after the restart. It’s an efficiency crisis. There have recently been enough matches that we could’ve won. We deserve more points at the moment.”

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Nenad Bjelica: “It was a very difficult game against a very strong opponent. TSG showed that today too, Hoffenheim have a strong team. It was an even match in which we had the luck on our side at the end. The atmosphere was edgy for the dismissals, but the second yellow card for Kevin Volland is ludicrous. 

“We’ve improved defensively, the entire team is working diligently. The entire team is showing a high willingness, perhaps we were also rewarded for that. We’re delighted with the away win.”

Heidenheim 1-2 Bayer Leverkusen

Frank Schmidt: “We struggled, especially with the ball in the first half. But we made it difficult for Leverkusen, defended well and took an offensive approach. What’s annoying for us is that shortly before half-time we failed to use the only really good chance after a counterattack. Even worse for us and that’s what annoys me most about the result: that we conceded the goal just before half-time. Mentally we were already 0-0 at half-time, which would have been okay. 

“Nevertheless, we didn’t give up and made it 1-2. In the last five minutes, however, we were no longer able to keep the pressure on with the fans behind us to such an extent that we ended up in one or two dangerous situations. In the end a deserved victory for Leverkusen.”

Xabi Alonso: “It’s a very important win for us. Winning here is never easy, but the team went about it professionally. We did well with what we prepared and discussed. Overall, I’m pleased with the performance and the result.

“After AFCON, we have more options in defence and attack again. Amine is in good form, we need his energy, his quality, his air and his runs into the deep. We need every player for the next 3-4 months. Sometimes it’s not easy to decide who plays. Every player always understands and if they don’t, they can always talk to me.”

Darmstadt 1-2 VfB Stuttgart

Torsten Lieberknecht: “We showed that we can play very emotional football – against a team that is unrivalled in this league like Leverkusen. We invested a lot in this game. But we didn’t just fight or just want to destroy the game: we showed that we play football and have a good plan. And the boys implemented a lot of this well. Of course we make mistakes with the corner that leads to the first goal conceded. But this corner must never happen because there was a clear foul on Christoph Klarer beforehand. 

“Just as we as coaches and players sometimes make unfortunate decisions, the same was true of the game management today. If we continue to show what we showed today, I am still very optimistic that we can stay in this class through relegation. I won’t lose faith in my boys and will continue to support them.”

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Sebastian Hoeneß: “The game was even tougher than we expected. It was a damn difficult game for us. We played well until the break. It’s also okay that we lead. But after that we came out badly: Darmstadt were the better team until half-time, they played good and courageous football. With the yellow-red card we then had a new challenge when we were outnumbered for the second half. 

“What we changed during the break worked. We played deeper defensively and wanted to continually set the pinpricks offensively through counterattacks. We certainly had to get through one or two situations. Ultimately we are the very proud winners. The team put up an incredible fight.”

RB Leipzig 2-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Marco Rose: “”What happened today is very tragic. In my opinion, the stadium and the fans reacted very well. The sporting aspect takes a back seat today. Nevertheless, we played football and deserved to win the game. The tasks that Gladbach set for us , we solved it confidently. We scored nice goals and defended the opposition’s offensive actions cleanly. The victory was very important. The match days are becoming fewer and fewer, so it’s important to stick with it. We remain the hunters and accept this role.”

Gerardo Seoane: “We’re disappointed with the result. My team approached the game well in phases and there were also positive signs in our play. Similarly, there were also some things that we need to improve because they have a big influence on the result. For example, our assertiveness – we can assert ourselves against the opposition and win our individual duels. Additionally, we lacked cutting edge in attack. We were untidy and weren’t accurate enough with our shooting.”

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Freiburg 3-3 Eintracht Frankfurt

Christian Streich: “Brutal efficiency from Frankfurt in the first half. Two goals from two opportunities. Both teams did everything. Our boys came back every time. And in the end Gregerl still had the opportunity. What was pleasing was that everyone gave their all – including the substitutes.

“The distance to the bottom has increased by one point. We came back three times, got one point. I can’t be dissatisfied – even if you would have liked to win.”

Dino Toppmöller: “At times it was a really good away performance with high intensity levels from both teams. Both sides had tough European games on Thursday but were still able to cover 126 kilometres, which shows the great spirit [in both camps]. It was a no-holds barred fight in the end. We’ll take the point, but it could have been three. Sasa Kalajdzic is on his way to hospital, where he’ll be examined in more detail. We hope it’s not bad news, but I can’t make any promises.”

VfL Bochum 3-2 Bayern Munich 

Thomas Letsch:  “We now have 25 points. Yesterday the game day went so that one or two competitors scored points. So it’s good that we got three points today. And if we succeed against Bayern, a team with great quality, then we can’t have done everything wrong.

“It could well have been that we conceded the third goal at the end and then we would be standing there again and saying that we gave up a game. Leroy Sané and Mathys Tel brought a lot of wind to Bayern again.”

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Thomas Tuchel: “I don’t think the defeat was fair today. A lot went against us. We had five or six great chances and dominated the game. We fell behind out of nowhere, but never stopped putting in a lot of effort until the end. We were outnumbered for a long time. I feel differently about the defeat than the last two, it wasn’t deserved.

“What could have gone wrong went wrong today. We perhaps lost a bit of tension after the break and the Bochum team used it to shake themselves up. Overall, we performed differently today than in Leverkusen and Rome. We never lost faith.”

About Mathew Burt 1058 Articles
Former writer at Goal.com and JustFootball, I've been doing my thing for Bundesliga Fanatic since 2015. A long-suffering Werder Bremen fan and disciple of the Germanic holy trinity...Bier. Wurst und Fußball

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