Pep Guardiola (l.) hopes his FC Bayern side can maintain their rhythm after downing Mirko Slomka's (r.) struggling Hamburg outfit 4-1
Pep Guardiola (l.) hopes his FC Bayern side can maintain their rhythm after downing Mirko Slomka's (r.) struggling Hamburg outfit 4-1

Guardiola: 'Good for our rhythm'

Munich - FC Bayern München coach Pep Guardiola was satisfied with his side's victory over Hamburger SV as they look to build up a head of steam prior to the DFB Cup final against Borussia Dortmund, while it was an emotional day for Armin Veh in his last home game in charge of Eintracht Frankfurt.

Hamburger SV 1-4 FC Bayern München rounds-up what the coaches had to say after Matchday 33.

Pep Guardiola (Bayern): After the Champions League loss it wasn’t easy today, but we fought hard even though we had some trouble in the first half. The second period was a bit better. The win was good for our rhythm ahead of the DFB Cup final against Borussia Dortmund in Berlin in two weeks. I wish Hamburg all the best next week and hope they can keep the relegation play-off spot. A club with its history needs to stay in the Bundesliga.

Mirko Slomka (Hamburg): We played really well in the first half and had some chances, but unfortunately we didn’t reward ourselves with the opening goal or an equaliser. Bayern took the lead with their first shot, that was the difference. The turning point was their second goal just after half-time. It was frustrating but we can still take a lot of positives from the game. We have an unshakeable desire to reach the relegation play-off spot. Nothing has changed after this game, it's still in our hands.

Borussia Dortmund 3-2 1899 Hoffenheim

Jürgen Klopp (Dortmund): There isn’t a more unforgiving team to play on the penultimate matchday than Hoffenheim. We had to make up for our lack of concentration and mistakes at the beginning by running a little extra. After we switched sides we wanted to continue our rhythm but it stayed very tight. At the end of the day I think we deserved to win though.

Markus Gisdol (Hoffenehim): I was very happy with how we started off and we even had a chance to go 2-0 up, but then we conceded two quick goals. Overall, I'm happy with the second half but Dortmund were always dangerous.

SC Freiburg 0-2 FC Schalke 04

Christian Streich (Freiburg): We weren’t that bad, but Schalke were very good in every department. After the first half we tried everything but didn’t manage to keep the pressure up. I'm very proud of what we've accomplished this season.

Jens Keller (Schalke): I'm happy that we repeated our performance here from last year. We took the first step that we wanted; to show our presence on the pitch from the first minute. The squad had a really good game.

Eintracht Frankfurt 0-2 Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Armin Veh (Frankfurt): That performance was not worthy of the Bundesliga and it was as if the ball was our enemy rather than our friend. Leverkusen deserved to win. It was a very emotional game for me. That's what you work for when you’ve been in the business for a few of years.

Sascha Lewandowski (Leverkusen): We were very happy with our first half as we aimed to up the pace and we did that very well. We didn't want to go crazy in the second half and we wanted to control the game more. The team did a good job.

Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1 1. FSV Mainz 05

Lucien Favre (Gladbach): Mainz were better in the first half, it was hard to build up play against a five-man defence. We needed a lot of patience as they were extremely good at getting the ball back. Luckily we scored first and it's always good to win against a team like that.

Thomas Tuchel (Mainz): I think the team put on a great performance and I'm happy with their effort and determination in the tackles. We got stuck in and challenged Gladbach really well, but the difference was the effectiveness of their attacks and the quality of their finishing. Of course they had a bit of luck too, which we didn’t have.