Cologne - FC Bayern München coach Pep Guardiola hailed a "very valuable" Klassiker victory over Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 27, while several of his top-flight contemporaries were equally pleased with wins for their own sides.
Borussia Dortmund 0-1 FC Bayern München
bundesliga.com rounds up the thoughts of the Bundesliga strategists after another gripping weekend of action...Jürgen Klopp (Dortmund): "The second half was OK but we lacked clarity and a cutting edge in the final third. At half-time we said that we needed to be more robust physically. Bayern don’t play as many long balls against many other teams as they do against us."
Pep Guardiola (Bayern): "These kinds of games are very valuable to me. They’re always unbelievably difficult and we had to put in a lot of effort. We competed well and were good as a team. I’d like to dedicate this win to Dante; I’d love to have 1,000 Dantes in the side."
Lucien Favre (Gladbach): "We wanted to win here but we knew it’d be difficult. We deserved the victory in the end. In the closing stages Hoffenheim had three or four good chances and we had a bit of luck on our side. Our fourth goal was a very important one because you can never be sure even with a two-goal lead. You have to bear in mind that Hoffenheim had to replace Schwegler and Polanski. That meant they were lacking a bit of stability, which we were able to make the most of."
Huub Stevens (Stuttgart): "I’m disappointed that we dropped points here. We played well in the first half and had the better chances. After the break we weren’t as good, but that was down to Wolfsburg’s quality."
Peter Knäbel (Hamburg): "You can’t start a game in worse fashion than we did today. If you concede such an early goal then it’s difficult to put into practice everything you worked on in the week leading up to the match. Now I have to focus fully on our next game against Wolfsburg."
Roberto Di Matteo (Schalke): "We’re disappointed not to have won. I think we played well. We had a few chances and had a lot of shots at their goal, although not many of them were on target. We were better in the second half and played with greater intensity than we did in the first period. Augsburg were always dangerous at set-pieces but other than that we actually controlled the game pretty well."
Andre Breitenreiter (Paderborn): "It was as difficult as we were expecting it. Both teams were very compact at the start and in the second half we were the better team up until the time they scored. But we just lacked a cutting edge. Congratulations to Hertha. They don't need to worry about relegation anymore."