Pep Guardiola admitted it is going to be a "struggle up to December" for his side after they were held 0-0 by Hamburg
Pep Guardiola admitted it is going to be a "struggle up to December" for his side after they were held 0-0 by Hamburg

Guardiola: 'We're going to struggle up to December'

Cologne - Matchday 4 saw plenty of surprises and upsets, and as a result, plenty of forlorn and angry individuals on the touchline. Conversely, there were some unexpectedly happy gentlemen keen to comment on their sides' achievements. brings you the coaches' reactions to Matchday 4...
Hamburger SV 0-0 FC Bayern MünchenJosef Zinnbauer (Hamburg): Of course we can live very well with this 0-0. After this performance, the players deserved the applause from the fans. I think all of the fans will have gone home happy. In our situation, this is a very valuable point.

Pep Guardiola (Bayern): It wasn't very easy getting into this game after the Champions League game against Manchester City. It got a bit better in the second half, but unfortunately we didn't take our chances. We've just got to keep on working because we're going to struggle up to December.
1. FC Köln 0-0 Borussia MönchengladbachPeter Stöger (Köln): Before the game, I would have settled for a point, but now I'm a bit sad that we didn't get the win. But given the way the game went, a draw is also fair enough. The fact Borussia were also happy with a point says a lot about our game.

Lucien Favre (Gladbach): We desperately wanted to win this game, but we lacked tempo and vigour. Nevertheless, we can live with this point.
VfL Wolfsburg 4-1 Bayer 04 LeverkusenDieter Hecking (Wolfsburg): We got into the game well and Junior Malanda showed all his quality before we made it 1-0, and then to earn the penalty. Playing with 11 against ten is not always so easy. We allowed Leverkusen to play too much. We wanted to get tighter to our opponents in the second half and we did it very well, not letting Leverkusen back into the game. Wins are always helpful in order to maintain a rhythm.

Roger Schmidt (Leverkusen): It was too much for us today: the early red card, strong opponents and then no luck. We were back in the game at 1-1 and it would have been good to keep that up to half-time, but then we lost the men we were marking when they made it 2-1 and, in the end, Wolfsburg deserved to win.
1. FSV Mainz 05 2-0 Borussia DortmundKasper Hjulmand (Mainz): Dortmund play the best counter-attacking football in Europe. We defended really well against them. When you have so many new players, then of course you have a new system with new ideas. Maybe we have a bit more control and play more passes now, but we still don't want to lose our quick transitions and good pressing game. It's possible to do both. We need to keep working and we're not unhappy. We've got plenty of chances to improve this team, which has a lot of quality.

Jürgen Klopp (Dortmund): We did not take our chances and defended badly for both of the goals. We were also a bit passive in our minds. Adrian Ramos can certainly take one or two of his chances, and then there was the missed penalty too – it was a mixture of things. That's why we fully deserved to lose.
FC Schalke 04 2-2 Eintracht FrankfurtJens Keller (Schalke): I don't think either of us can be happy with the referee. There were a few decisions which didn't go the way of either side. We were not aggressive enough in the first half and just stood around too much. I found some strong words during the break and the way the team came back was fantastic.

Thomas Schaaf (Frankfurt): I think that there was more in this game for us. When you are winning 2-0 then you've got to blame yourself for not getting more out of it. But there was too much panicking going on. We needed to remain calmer with the extra man. We've not gelled yet enough as a team, but some of the [refereeing] decisions were also cruel. We were deprived of the chance to get a better result.
SC Freiburg 2-2 Hertha BerlinChristian Streich (Freiburg): There's no explanation for what happened in the last minute. The time had already elapsed. I'm just lost for words with what has happened. I've got to see how I can pick my team up again now.

Jos Luhukay (Hertha): I can certainly understand Freiburg's frustration. Of course they are extremely disappointed, but these things happen in football. This was a lucky point for us, but it could be the spark we need for the weeks to come.