Munich - FC Schalke 04 coach Jens Keller could scarcely contain his delight as the Royal Blues underscored their recent return to form with a derby victory over neighbours Borussia Dortmund, while FC Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes was full of praise for battling Fortuna Düsseldorf. bundesliga.com rounds up the coaches' thoughts on the Matchday 25 action...
VfB Stuttgart 0-1 Hamburger SV
Bruno Labbadia (Stuttgart): We weren't very poised in possession in the first half, but had the better chances nonetheless. Their goal came completely out of the blue. My teamgave it their all, but we were lacking something. We're lacking self-confidence at the moment.
Thorsten Fink (Hamburg): That was a very disciplined performance. We knew that with Stuttgart still competing in three competitions our chances of winning would increase the longer it stayed 0-0. The team executed the gameplan perfectly.
Hannover 96 0-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
Mirko Slomka (Hannover): Frankfurt were very compact and defended well. We hardly had any space in the first half and our full-backs didn't push forward enough. We improved in the second half but Frankfurt were too strong in the middle and thanks to their excellent keeper we couldn't snatch a winner. We knew we needed to win - now we're stuck in mid-table.
Armin Veh (Frankfurt): We had the first half under control and didn't give them anything from open play. On the whole we played well and we actually ended our goal drought as Alex Meier's effort should have counted, but wasn't given unfortunately. That's why we only have one point.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-1 SV Werder Bremen
Lucien Favre (Gladbach): We were rushing things to much in the first half but improved after the break, although we were always wary of counterattacks. The fact we conceded after going in front is a blow and that's why I'm very disappointed.
Thomas Schaaf (Bremen): Overall I'm satisfied with my team's performance, we were very disciplined and compact. The result could have gone either way, so we're pleased on the whole.
FC Schalke 04 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
Jens Keller (Schalke): We were superb in the first half and could have scored one or two more. We were aggressive man-on-man and often came out on top, and generally played really well. Their goal came very early in the second half but I'm proud of the way my team fought, and how they're playing at the moment. It's a lot of fun.
Jürgen Klopp (Dortmund): I have to congratulate Schalke on a well-deserved victory. It feels like such an unnecessary defeat, though, because we had some very good spells too. In the first half we made some tactical mistakes switching from attack to defence. We allowed them to put in crosses they should never have been able to. We changed things in the second half and did really well, we were calm and things only got more hectic after Schalke's first chance on the break. If it had been a draw it wouldn't have been undeserved.
FC Bayern Munich 3-2 Fortuna Düssseldorf
Jupp Heynckes (FC Bayern): Contrary to what some people believe, we haven't already won every game before kick-off. We started too passively and weren't dangerous enough or willing to cover the necessary ground. However, the team showed great morale. Compliments to Fortuna - not many teams have managed to score two against us.
Norbert Meier (Düsseldorf): I'm proud of my team. We were mightily close to taking something home with us.
FC Augsburg 1-2 1. FC Nuremberg
Markus Weinzierl (Augsburg): You can't afford to go behind against Nuremberg and we did so twice. Despite having probably 60 per cent possession we struggled to create chances. We hit too many long balls and that played into Nuremberg's hands. Of course we're disappointed now but we knew we weren't going to win every game. There are always setbacks in a relegation battle.
Michael Wiesinger (Nuremberg): The match went through different phase. After they equalised, they put us under a lot of pressure and we almost succumbed to it. We were under the cosh and had a lot of luck. Re-taking the lead gave us confidence and put us back on track. We deserved to win in the end. Alex Esswein played very well today and now we need to make sure he doesn't ease up at all.