Munich - Thomas Schneider was overwhelmed by his Bundesliga debut as head coach of VfB Stuttgart, while Borussia Dortmund's Jürgen Klopp praised his side’s opponents Eintracht Frankfurt after a taxing encounter in the Commerzbank Arena.
VfB Stuttgart 6-2 1899 Hoffenheim
bundesliga.com rounds up the coach’s quotes from Matchday 4.
Thomas Schneider (VfB Stuttgart): It was sensational, absolutely crazy. The players put the plan into practice. We were alert from the beginning, remained compact and attacked quickly. There were so many things which were incredibly enjoyable. It was a focused performance and all of the players were really good. It was important that we go into the international break with a good feeling.
Markus Gisdol (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim): We were hopeful of getting something here and wanted to start the game aggressively, but we didn’t manage it in the slightest. We were never in the game. We made naive mistakes, particularly with the first two goals. It was a day to forget, but one we’ve got to learn from. Nevertheless, we’ve made a good start to the new season.
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
Armin Veh (Eintracht Frankfurt): In the second half, we were totally on a par with them, but we needed to defend better against their shots; we allowed them too many. Unfortunately, we weren’t rewarded. The league season is really underway now, but unfortunately we only have three points.
Jürgen Klopp (Borussia Dortmund): We started really well and had good chances. Their equaliser was fully deserved, though. It was a wild second half. Everybody gave everything and in the end, Miki [Henrikh Mkhitaryan] scored a wonderful goal.
FC Schalke 04 2-0 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Jens Keller (FC Schalke 04): Above all, I’m incredibly proud of the team. We’ve had to listen to so much criticism, people saying we had a mentality problem, and today we did everything the way we wanted to - running, fighting and being tactically aware. Kevin-Prince Boateng was very good, Dennis Aogo also had a great debut. I think we’ve made two really astute signings there. We’re also going to get players back from injury eventually and then we’ll be as strong as we were last year again.
Sami Hyypiä (Bayer 04 Leverkusen): Schalke played very well today and they made things difficult for us. They played quickly and aggressively. I never accept defeats; it’s never nice to lose, but that’s part of the game. You’ve just got to analyse how it happened and do better next time.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 4-1 Werder Bremen
Lucien Favre (Borussia Mönchengladbach): I’m very satisfied. It was important to go into the international break with a win. It was as hard as we expected it would be to start with. Bremen had only conceded one goal in three games, so we had to be patient. The team then dominated the game.
Robin Dutt (Werder Bremen): I would never have thought at half time that we would have left the field beaten 4-1. Our build-up play has improved significantly. We were caught napping when they made it 1-0 and that was too easy for them. Then Gladbach did really well. After we made it 2-1, we scented our chance and we took lots of risks, and Gladbach hit us with all of their class on the counterattack.
Hannover 96 4-1 1. FSV Mainz 05
Mirko Slomka (Hannover 96): We found it hard to get into the game, we didn’t put Mainz under pressure and they deservedly took the lead. We were very effective up front today, though, and we defended with our lives. We’re enormously happy that we’ve got nine points.
Thomas Tuchel (1. FSV Mainz 05): We started the game well with good discipline and we didn’t let Hannover have many chances. The key was that we should have defended their first two goals better.
SC Freiburg 1-1 FC Bayern München
Christian Streich (SC Freiburg): The reason we were able to get something from this game was that the players were able to deal with the frustration of being 1-0 down for so long. You always hope to get a point or more when you're losing by the 80th minute, so we're all really pleased.
Pep Guardiola (FC Bayern München): I think we played very well, and I know how difficult it is to come to Freiburg. Their keeper Oliver Baumann made some great saves, but in terms of our play, we've taken a step forward here.