Cologne - The final englische Woche of the calendar year proved to be a nerve-wracking one for the Bundesliga's coaches, as the men in the dugouts did their best to spur their charges to victory in the penultimate round of games before the winter break.
Borussia Dortmund 2-2 VfL Wolfsburg
bundesliga.com finds out what some of the top flight's tacticians made of their respective teams' performances on Matchday 16...
Jürgen Klopp (Dortmund): "That was a full-blooded match against a very good opponent. Wolfsburg are bang in form at the moment and have enormous quality. We created some good chances but Wolfsburg deserved a point in the end, even though it's disappointing that both their goals came from set-pieces. We played well on the whole and our performance gives us something to build on."
Dieter Hecking (Wolfsburg): "Neither team could have played much better than they did today. It was a really awesome match. We knew before the game that Dortmund would give everything to try and win their last home game of the year. We created good chances and Borussia might have become a bit anxious if we had made it 2-1 after half-time. We made a mistake which led to BVB's second goal, but we fought back and that's why we're satisfied with the result."
Roger Schmidt (Leverkusen): "If you work hard you get your reward - that proved to be the case today. There's been a lot of focus on Stefan Kießling this week, so I'm particularly pleased that he managed to score."
Roberto Di Matteo (Schalke): "We deserved the victory based on our second-half performance. We were lucky to go into half-time level at 1-1, but the conditions weren't great. Our battling qualities earned us the win."
[Arjen] Robben, [Thomas] Müller, [Robert] Lewandowski and [Franck] Ribery. Huge compliments to those players - Freiburg didn't give us a lot of space in attack."
Christian Streich (Freiburg): "We started quite well. We had to play defensively today and tried to reduce the space in between the lines, which we did well on the whole. Certain situations are impossible to defend against, though. The fact that we only lost 2-0 gives us confidence."
Huub Stevens (Stuttgart): "These three points are very important. We could have been 2-0 or 3-0 up by half-time, but when you go down to ten men the only thing that counts is holding on to the victory. My boys fought brilliantly, so great credit to them for that."
Kasper Hjulmand (Mainz): "We didn't play as well as we can today. Both teams defended well and there weren't many chances, so a point apiece was a fair result. We'll definitely have to play better on Friday [against FC Bayern] than we did today."