Despite a 2-1 victory, Pep Guardiola felt that his FC Bayern München side lost control after their second goal
Despite a 2-1 victory, Pep Guardiola felt that his FC Bayern München side lost control after their second goal

Guardiola: 'We need time'

Cologne - After a long summer of international football, the Bundesliga's men in charge were gesticulating and bouncing around touchlines all over Germany this weekend. The arrival of a new top-flight season brought with it the familiar heat of the pressure cooker for the 20 men charged with shaping their club's destiny.

Bayern München 2-1 VfL Wolfsburg

From Pep Guardiola to Andre Breitenreiter, rounds up what the men in suits (or tracksuits) had to say about their teams' performances...

Pep Guardiola (FC Bayern München coach): It's important to win for every coach in the world, not just the Bayern coach. After we made it 2-0, we struggled to control the game and Wolfsburg were better than us. We started to have problems and only had legs for about 70 minutes, but we mustn't forget that we played against one of the best teams in the league. We need time.

Dieter Hecking (VfL Wolfsburg coach): We controlled the first 25 or 30 minutes of play, and didn't give anything away, but you then saw the difference. We weren't cinical enough in front of goal and Bayern made it 1-0. After that, we were a bit too passive and were punished. Afterwards, however, we played pretty well and put on a real spectacle, but we just missed that touch of bite in front of goal.

Borussia Dortmund 0-2 Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Jürgen Klopp (Borussia Dortmund head coach): I don't really have an explanation for the first minute. We'll have to take it on the chin, or at least I will. For the rest of the season my job is to make sure that we're more awake and alert.

Roger Schmidt (Bayer 04 Leverkusen head coach): We weren't lucky - we aimed to attack right from the start. It was outstanding and we did so many things very well. The team always attacked the opposition and turned in an excellent display. We were really tough to play against today.

Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-1 VfB Stuttgart

Lucien Favre (Borussia Mönchengladbach head coach): We didn't play well. We had no real tempo to our play and lacked a cutting edge in attack. We should have been more sensible in possession. We improved in the second half and the point is hugely important for us. It's also a big relief. You can tell in training that [Christoph] Kramer has grown in self-confidence [since the 2014 World Cup].

Armin Veh (VfB Stuttgart head coach): We played very well for long periods, but got a bit tired towards the end. We weren't really able to clear our lines in the closing stages of the match and we were sitting too deep, but when we still had some energy in our legs, we did very well.

Hannover 96 2-1 Schalke 04

Tayfun Korkut (Hannover 96 coach): It was a tough game against a top team, and we had problems creating chances. After conceding the goal, we really had to wake up, and we did - we came back well. The team showed great spirit and desire. Onwards and upwards now, that was only the first game.

Jens Keller (FC Schalke 04 coach): I'm really annoyed. Up until the 67th minute, our plan worked. It's ridiculously frustrating when you lose a game you've controlled to two counter-attacks. We made individual mistakes and took wrong decisions.

SC Paderborn 2-2 1. FSV Mainz 05

Andre Breitenreiter (SC Paderborn 07 head coach): I'm very pleased. I saw a team that was eager to work hard and determined to win the game. We deserved to win, too, but they made the most of our shakiness at the beginning of the game by scoring the opener. We spoke at half time about how we could improve and we managed to up our game in the second half. It was a performance we can be very proud of.

Kasper Hjulmand (1. FSV Mainz 05 head coach): I think we started very well, but their equaliser came from a poor mistake from us. I think that goal showed we were a bit nervous today. We lost control of the match in the second half, but I'm very happy with how we reacted to going behind so late in the game. It was important to fight until the end, and that's what earned us the draw.

1. FC Köln 0-0 Hamburger SV

Peter Stöger (1. FC Köln coach): Perhaps we weren't quite confident enough in the opening 45 minutes. Later on, the game could have gone either way. We showed that we belong in this division, though. We'll have to work together to pick up points.

Mirko Slomka (Hamburger SV coach): I suppose for us it was a partial success. We probably showed a touch more maturity, but we'll take a point. After conceding 75 goals last season, a 0-0 is good.