Cologne - The Bundesliga coaches were typically candid in their post-match appraisals following a mixed bag of results for all concerned on Matchday 31.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-0 FC Bayern München
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Roger Schmidt, Leverkusen: "I'm especially happy for Julian Brandt. He was really motivated, even though he didn't start. Finishing third is now in our hands."
Pep Guardiola, Bayern: "It was a very hard-fought and evenly-contested game. We needed to create more clear-cut chances. I’m very satisfied with my team and the performance we put in. The young players also did very well."
Jürgen Klopp, Dortmund: "It was a really intense game. You could tell we'd played on Tuesday. Hoffenheim played lots of long balls to [Adam] Szalai and [Anthony] Modeste. That was difficult to defend against because we had to run a lot to close the spaces. We weren't switched on for the goal. [Kevin] Volland shouldn't have been allowed to win the ball so easily. It was important to equalise so quickly. Both sides had their chances in the second half; both could have won it. We have to accept the point. Obviously we still want to overtake Hoffenheim, but it won't be easy."
Michael Frontzeck, Hannover: "We were expecting a difficult game. We started well, but totally lost control of things after 15 minutes. We were deservedly two goals down at the break and I had plenty to say at half time. We came out stronger for the second half. After the equaliser to make it 2-2, the game could have gone either way. The way we fought back gives me confidence for the coming games. It'll be tough, but doable."
Huub Stevens, Stuttgart: "It’s an extremely disappointing defeat. We made mistakes in the opening stages and fell behind. We got more of a foothold in the game afterwards and had opportunities to put the result to bed shortly after going 2-1 up. If you fail to take your chances, you’re always punished. Schalke have a lot of potential and options. They brought on some good players, who decided the game. It’s difficult to pick the lads up and get them ready to go again after a game like today but that’s what we’ll do. I still believe in my team."
Bruno Labbadia, Hamburg: "Firstly we’d like to wish Elkin Soto a good recovery. It was an intense game. We started well, but were lacking that final ball. There were times in the second half when we sat too far back, but then we summoned a huge effort. We rediscovered our belief last week, now we've bolstered it."
Lucien Favre, Gladbach: "We had to work hard for the win. We didn’t make things easy for ourselves conceding the equaliser immediately after scoring the early goal. We were back to square one and came up against a very well-organised and compact Hertha side. It was tough to find gaps in their defence, even though we had a few good chances. In the second half we were more patient and upped the tempo. We had more possession, but had to be wary of Hertha on the counter. You could see that we wanted to win the game and in the end it was a deserved victory."