Munich - Emotions on the touchline were as high as ever on Matchday 28, as the Bundesliga threw up its usual serving of drama, excitement and exhilaration as the season enters the home straight.
FC Bayern München 3-3 1899 Hoffenheim
bundesliga.com rounds up what the men on the sidelines made of the weekend's action...
Pep Guardiola (Bayern): Huge compliment to Hoffenheim. We were able to cope with them in the first half, but not in the second. We lost control and the game was end to end, and when that happens all other 17 teams in the division are better than us. We have to analyse what happened today. If we play like we did in the second half [on Tuesday], we won’t beat Manchester United.
Markus Gisdol (Hoffenheim): We wanted to see how far we can get with our pressing game and take a few risks. I’m very, very happy with the way we played. There wasn’t a single moment in the match where we weren’t in control or weren’t disciplined. My team performed bravely and put in a very solid performance. On a day like this, it’s great getting what you deserve at the end of it. It was a great day for us, but Bayern remain out of our league.
VfB Stuttgart 2-3 Borussia Dortmund
Huub Stevens (Stuttgart): We can take some positives from the game, but we lost and we’re disappointed for the players and everyone else. That would have been one way of getting out of trouble - against Dortmund, who are still in the Champions League. It’s hard on us, but we have to fight and stick together if we’re going to climb out of the drop zone.
Jürgen Klopp (Dortmund): We wanted to play good football and get stuck in as well - the football bit didn’t work, and my players seemed to have misunderstood me when I told them to get stuck in. It was important to react to going 2-0 down - we clearly needed that deficit. We were great in the second half and deserved to win.
FC Schalke 04 2-0 Hertha Berlin
Jens Keller (Schalke 04): I’m delighted for the team that we’ve managed to hit form. It’s very impressive that we’ve managed to do so well with all the injuries we’ve had. We only had reserve and youth-team players on the bench today.
Jos Luhukay (Hertha): We’re coming off second best when it comes down to the nitty gritty. We have to change that.
SC Freiburg 3-2 1. FC Nürnberg
Christian Streich (Freiburg): We’ve won a match, but no more. We’re still in the midst of a relegation battle. I’ve been around for so long - I know it’s only done and dusted when the last game’s been played. We’ve got a very tough game coming up against Stuttgart. We saw against Dortmund how much quality VfB have in their side.
Hannover 96 1-2 SV Werder Bremen
Tayfun Korkut (Hannover): We missed the opportunity to pull away from the bottom of the league. It’s not going to get any easier in the coming weeks - the other teams are at the bottom will all pick up points eventually. We were incredibly lucky in the first half, Werder were much better than us. We took the lead, but we played very poorly in the first half. We improved in the second, but they were good on the break.
Robin Dutt (Bremen): The relief is obviously huge when you score a late goal like that. We rode our luck at times but we also deserved the victory. I was really impressed with the performance from my team, especially in the first half. We were unlucky to go into the break 1-0 down, but we managed to keep them at bay in the second half.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1 Hamburger SV
Lucien Favre (Gladbach): It was a hard-fought win. It was very hard for us, but we deserved it in the end. We made the most of our opportunities. We looked a little nervous at the beginning, but we stayed patient and improved eventually. The equaliser was very important - HSV were very dangerous on the counter-attack.
Mirko Slomka (Hamburg): The situation is still critical for us. We haven’t managed to pull away. The guys are very downbeat, but we had several really good opportunities. I’ve seen a marked improvement in some of the players.