Jürgen Klopp had plenty to smile about on a "perfect afternoon" for his side on Matchday 23
Jürgen Klopp had plenty to smile about on a "perfect afternoon" for his side on Matchday 23

Klopp: 'It was a perfect afternoon'

Cologne - There was a surprising number of happy coaches in the Bundesliga this past weekend, even some of those who did not get the result they particularly wanted.

bundesliga.com listened in to what some of the men in charge made of the Matchday 23 action...
Borussia Dortmund 3-0 FC Schalke 04
Jürgen Klopp (Dortmund): "It was a perfect afternoon for us with a great performance from my team from the first to the last minute. We had bucketloads of chances in the first half. What's important is that we didn't become nervous, and then we burst the dam in the 78th minute."

Roberto Di Matteo (Schalke): "It's a difficult day for all of us. First of all, we'd like to apologise to the fans for this poor team performance in the derby. It was not how we'd planned it to be. We showed some good signs for ten minutes, but then we couldn't get the game under control anymore."FC Bayern München 4-1 1. FC Köln
Pep Guardiola (Bayern): "We've beaten the team with the second best away record and to score four goals against this side is very, very, very difficult, so of course I'm happy. We started well, but then we lost our concept and control of the game. In the second half, it was a bit better, and Manuel Neuer was Manuel Neuer at the times when we needed him, and then we dominated again."

Peter Stöger (Köln): "All in all it was a decent performance from us. If we'd only been a bit cleverer to start with and taken our chances better, maybe we could have got something out of it. We started in the worst way possible and clearly there were a few nerves there and we showed them too much respect, and that gets punished. But considering the way we started, we played a good game on the whole and even had chances to level."SV Werder Bremen 3-5 VfL Wolfsburg
Viktor Skripnik (Bremen): "It was the referee's fault. He should have blown the full-time whistle at half-time, and then we'd have won 3-2. I really can't say anything bad about my team. Of course the goals we conceded are frustrating, but we'll keep going the way we're going and now we've got to get through our DFB Cup tie with Bielefeld successfully."

Dieter Hecking (Wolfsburg): "The games we're playing right now are quite extraordinary. A huge compliment to the team for the way they are coping with the strain and for the enthusiasm they showed in turning this game around in the second half. Everybody has now realised how much quality we've got in this squad and how we're always capable of scoring goals."Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-0 SC Paderborn
Lucien Favre (Gladbach): "It was hard work to get this win, but in my opinion it was fully deserved. We had more of the possession and dominated the game. We combined well up front and created numerous chances, but we didn't take many of them. The final ball didn't find its man often enough and we've got to work on that. That's why it was still tight right to the end, but we've won and that's the main thing."

Andre Breitenreiter (Paderborn): "We played well, but we failed to reward ourselves. We started very well, but didn't take our chances. After that, we let gaps open up between the lines and didn't get the challenges in anymore. In the second half, we wanted to get at them more and we started well again, but once again we didn't score a goal. That's pretty symptomatic of the situation we're in. Congratulations to Borussia for what was ultimately a deserved home win."Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-0 SC Freiburg
Roger Schmidt (Leverkusen): "I'm happy because we've showed that we can also win in the Bundesliga after winning in the Champions League. We've seen how great it is to play in the Champions League and that's what we want next season too. We deserved to win today."

Christian Streich (Freiburg): "In the first half, we did a good job. We weren't able to exploit the gaps we found in attack in the second half and we conceded too many simple mistakes. I'm definitely a bit disappointed, and probably to lose Felix Klaus to another injury is even more saddening than the defeat."Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Hamburger SV
Thomas Schaaf (Frankfurt): "We had some good chances, particularly in the first half, to score another goal. We were in the game well for the full 90 minutes and deserved the win."

Josef Zinnbauer (Hamburg): We picked up a stupid red card and it's always difficult with ten men. Nevertheless, we had the chance to equalise. We acquitted ourselves well, sadly we didn't reward ourselves."