Cologne - The ruing of missed chances was the leitmotif among the majority of Bundesliga coaches on Matchday 25, a weekend that included important wins for the top four and some damaging defeats for the division's strugglers.
bundesliga.com rounds up the the post-match thoughts of the top-flight strategists...
Jürgen Klopp (Dortmund): “It’s very difficult to play against Köln. We put them under more pressure but just weren’t able to make it count. They had the better chances on the break. We should have done a lot better.”
Peter Stöger (Köln): “We squandered a few chances in the first half but overall we’re satisfied. When you don’t put away the chances you create, you normally go on to lose. We should have done better in certain situations if we were to take all three points home.”
Viktor Skripnik (Bremen): “We tried everything and attacked with courage at times. On the whole we didn’t do too badly, and at least it was better than the 6-0 defeat in the first half of the season. As we've already got 33 points on the board, the result wasn’t so important for us today.”
Pep Guardiola (Bayern): “The team stayed fully focused throughout the match and played very well. It wasn’t easy to switch our attention to a different opponent after our match against Shakhtar Donetsk. Today was one of those days where I’m proud to be coach of this team.”
Lucien Favre (Gladbach): “Hannover sat deep in their own half and we controlled the game. We were disciplined, intelligent and played with good speed. We had a lot of possession and didn’t allow ourselves to get caught on the counter. Patrick Herrmann’s timing was great for our first goal - he ran into the box at the right moment. We fully deserved to take the lead at that point. Overall we played well but up front we still need to be more clinical. We had seven or eight good chances which we should have made better use of.”
Tayfun Korkut (Hannover): "Gladbach deserved to win. We played well for 25 minutes, but that’s not enough to earn points in the Bundesliga. In the first half we really struggled to get hold of the ball and we were lucky not to go behind earlier than we did. We got into the game more after the break and had one or two chances, but unfortunately we just weren’t able to equalise.”
Dieter Hecking (Wolfsburg): “We absolutely deserved to win. We put them under a lot of pressure in the first 20 to 25 minutes and our second goal killed the game off. We also wanted to send out a statement of our intent to our league rivals: we want to reach the Champions League and to do that we can’t afford any slip-ups.”
Christian Striech (Freiburg): “It was difficult at the start and we didn’t play well. Unfortunately we once again went behind after an individual mistake. Our second-half performance was good and we stayed in the game for a long time. The team fought hard, but we were lacking the last three or four per cent needed today.”
Pal Dardai (Hertha): “Schalke dominated the match in the first half, but we were more aggressive going forward after the break. At the end maybe we were a bit too naive, a bit too nice, but we’ll take the positives from this game.”
Roberto Di Matteo (Schalke): “Our [Champions Leage] match on Tuesday was very draining but I was pleased with how my team responded today. Given the way the game panned out, I’m satisfied with a point.”
Roger Schmidt (Leverkusen): “We kept our cool at the start of the game. Occasionally we gave the ball away too easily because Stuttgart were playing well. But then you could see that we’re capable of taking the lead with our first chance. After that the victory was deserved. At half-time we talked about the importance of quickly making it 3-0 and my team did that superbly.”
Huub Stevens (Stuttgart): “We just have to accept this result. Up until the 30th minute it was one of my team’s best performances this season, but after that we made too many mistakes in quick succession and that put the wind in the opposition’s sails. Leverkusen are very good at punishing any errors, so the game was over within the space of five minutes. Once we return to Stuttgart we’ll immediately start working towards our next game.”