FC Bayern boss Pep Guardiola said he was proud of the Bundesliga pacesetters following their 4-0 victory in Augsburg
FC Bayern boss Pep Guardiola said he was proud of the Bundesliga pacesetters following their 4-0 victory in Augsburg

Guardiola: 'I'm surprised by my players' mentality'

Cologne - There was joy, despair and everything in between for the top-flight sides' coaches on Matchday 15, as - leaders FC Bayern München aside - each of the teams in the top seven dropped points across the weekend.

FC Augsburg 0-4 FC Bayern München

bundesliga.com gathers the best of the post-match reaction from the touchline strategists...
Pep Guardiola (Bayern coach): I'm very, very proud because I know how hard it is to win here. We were more aggressive and got our combination play going much better in the second half. Time and again I'm surprised by the mentality of the players, who have already won everything there is to win. We've got two games left now before the end of the year, and we'll try to win them.

Markus Weinzierl (Augsburg coach): You have to congratulate Bayern and you could see today how much individual quality they possess. We did well for an hour, but it was obvious that it would always be tough to maintain that throughout the entire game. After we went 2-0 down, Bayern went up another level, and when you're not as fresh as at the start, you can't defend against that sort of quality. We'll now focus on the Hannover 96 game, we'll have to pick up our points elsewhere.

Hertha Berlin 1-0 Borussia Dortmund

Jos Luhukay (Hertha coach): We knew from the start that we would have to defend as a team. For my players and the fans our victory's a great result. Unlike [in our previous home game] against Bayern München, we played to win from start to finish.

Jürgen Klopp (Dortmund coach): A first half like that shouldn't happen. We played with so little purpose - you can't do that when there's so much riding on the game. We've still got two matches before the winter break to dramatically boost our prospects for the second half of the season. That's the remit.

VfL Wolfsburg 1-1 SC Paderborn 07

Dieter Hecking (Wolfsburg coach): Unfortunately we primarily came unstuck against [Paderborn keeper] Lukas Kruse today. It's fantastic that we put on another superb performance after our [Europa League] win against Lille.

Andre Breitenreiter (Paderborn coach): I didn't like the way we played in the first half - we were too passive. After the break we showed greater commitment and Lukas Kruse was outstanding and stopped everything they threw at him. Overall though, we were lucky to pick up a point.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Roger Schmidt (Leverkusen coach): We did a lot of things well. Overall it was a really good Bundesliga match played at a fast pace. We deserved to go in front but should have got another goal. The second half was very open. On the whole I think the draw was a fair result and there's no shame in taking a point against Gladbach.

Lucien Favre (Mönchengladbach coach): On the balance of play over the 90 minutes I think the result is fair. At the start we had a lot of trouble with Leverkusen's pressing but after that we had some really good chances on the break where our final ball should have been better on one or two occasions. But overall a point is okay.

1. FSV Mainz 05 1-1 VfB Stuttgart

Kasper Hjulmand (Mainz coach): We played pretty well and should have gone 2-0 up, but we lacked a touch of aggression and determination. Luck just wasn't on our side today.

Huub Stevens (Stuttgart coach): In a relegation battle the only thing you can do is fight. You need to motivate the players to do that. The team is a bit insecure at the moment.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 3-2 Eintracht Frankfurt

Markus Gisdol (Hoffenheim coach): You could see why we were wary of Frankfurt and you could see they were confident after winning three games in a row. It was an extremely intense game.

Thomas Schaaf (Frankfurt coach): We didn't look good at set-pieces. It was close again and we could have got something from the game but given the number of mistakes we made we wouldn't have deserved to win. Now we have to make sure we do things better in our remaining matches before the winter break.