Cologne - The end of the winter break did not necessarily coincide with an increase in temperatures out on the pitch, but the coaches of the 18 Bundesliga sides ensured they warmed things up nicely with their usual post-match comments.
bundesliga.com stuck a microphone in to catch the quips from the men on the touchline…
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0-0 Borussia Dortmund
Roger Schmidt (Leverkusen): "It was a good test to see where we are against a good BVB side, who have set their sights high. It was a game in which both teams fought for every inch and you get games like this. A 0-0 draw is a fair result on the whole."
Jürgen Klopp (Dortmund): "This was an important point and I'm happy. We're within touching distance [of safety] and that's the most important thing. It was an incredibly difficult game to start the second half of the season with. It was really intense football. I can't go saying we're in a relegation battle and then demand champagne football."VfL Wolfsburg 4-1 FC Bayern München
Dieter Hecking (Wolfsburg): "This was a magnificent game of football from us. If you want to beat Bayern, then you need to have a perfect day. The team did everything that we'd discussed. We wanted to attack quickly whenever we gained possession and we managed that to perfection."
Pep Guardiola (Bayern): "Congratulations to Wolfsburg - they were better than us at the right times and got an early goal. We could not control the counterattacks in the first half. After a six-week break, we now need to get match practice."VfB Stuttgart 0-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Huub Stevens (Stuttgart): "We didn't get into the game well and Gladbach were far superior to us. You could see that they are in a different situation to us. We then started to create chances but you cannot allow Gladbach to hit you on the counterattack. Of course we're disappointed, but life goes on. We've got 16 games left and we've got to pull together even tighter."
Lucien Favre (Gladbach): "This was a hard day at the office for us, but our win isn't undeserved. We started well and then Stuttgart were a real threat later on. If we hadn't scored, we could even have lost this game. It came down to mere details in the end."FC Schalke 04 1-0 Hannover 96
Roberto Di Matteo (Schalke): "We were nervous to begin with, but then we found our rhythm. It was important to open the scoring and then we had some further chances. Ron-Robert Zieler made some great saves. Then in the second half, we weathered the Hannover storm and countered well, but we couldn't get the ball in the back of the net. That made it tense right through to the end. A second goal would certainly have made it more relaxing for us."
Tayfun Korkut (Hannover): "We've got too little out of this game. We would have deserved at least a point, but we just didn't manage to take our chances. My team played alright, but you need goals to win games. Particularly in the second half, when Schalke tired a little, we had the room and chances and so it's frustrating that we go home empty-handed."SV Werder Bremen 2-0 Hertha Berlin
Viktor Skripnik (Bremen): "Our aim is to be more dominant. We're playing with more and more courage at home and that's why we thoroughly deserved to win today. But we've still got to carry on working very hard. Franco [Di Santo] is a complete player and you need players like him."
Jos Luhukay (Berlin): "It was an even first half, but we never managed to get the final ball to its recipient. In the end, we can only blame ourselves for this defeat."FC Augsburg 3-1 TSG 1899 HoffenheimMarkus Weinzierl: "It was a solid team performance from us and we're incredibly pleased with the victory. We also coped with the [wintry] conditions better than our opponents. It's sensational looking at the table. We're very happy, but we're keeping our feet on the ground."
Markus Gisdol: "The snow helped Augsburg find a way into the game. They played very aggressively but kept it simple, while we made things complicated for ourselves. There were periods when we put a lot of pressure on Augsburg, but we committed too many fouls."