Carlo Ancelotti was delighted to get through Sunday's tough away match at Gladbach with three more points. - © © imago / Jan Huebner
Carlo Ancelotti was delighted to get through Sunday's tough away match at Gladbach with three more points. - © © imago / Jan Huebner

Matchday 25 reactions: Ancelotti: 'I'm happy with the performance'

There were plenty of goals to talk about on Matchday 25 and rounds-up the reactions from around the grounds...

Borussia Mönchengadbach 0-1 Bayern Munich

Dieter Hecking (Gladbach coach): "We showed great courage and great character, but we lost too many balls and didn't test the goalkeeper when we countered them. I don't think you can say they completely deserved to win."

Carlo Ancelotti (Bayern coach): "I'm happy with the performance. We were good in the first half and we created chances, although the second half was more difficult. Borussia played better in that period and had some good counter-attacks, which I didn't expect considering they played on Thursday night."

Watch: Thomas Müller reacts to scoring the winner on a landmark 250th Bundesliga appearance.

Mainz 0-1 Schalke

Martin Schmidt (Mainz coach): "We didn't give much away against a very good side, so I can't criticise my team. We just made one mistake too many. Things are a bit tighter now and there are only nine points between seventh and 16th. The fight [against relegation] could go on a long time yet, and every game is a relegation battle."

Markus Weinzierl (Schalke coach): "A huge compliment to the team for a gutsy performance. That was our 13th match in six Englishe Wochen and we're delighted with the win. The next game is the derby [against Dortmund] and that's the highlight of the season. We'll be full of confidence and we're looking forward to it."

Watch: Nabil Bentaleb says he should have scored for Schalke.

Cologne 4-2 Hertha

Peter Stöger (Cologne coach): “We played very well in the first half and Timo Horn rescued us when it was still 1-0. Berlin are always capable of being dangerous with their individual quality and set pieces. I’m really pleased because we showed a different side to our play today compared to last week. We had more clarity and structure in our play. It was important to end this run of five or six games without a win. We’re proud because this result was no guarantee.”

Pal Dardai (Hertha coach): “We just weren’t at the races in the first half. But we did well in the second and had some chances. We couldn’t stop Modeste and his pace today. We have to change something there and quickly. I don’t know whether our away form is down to the hotel, the travelling or something else. We’ve tried a lot of different things, but we still end up gifting a half away every time.”

Wolfsburg 1-0 Darmstadt

Andries Jonker (Wolfsburg coach): "We were patient in the first half and scored our goal. After the break we missed three chances and made life difficult for ourselves. We rode our luck a bit too, but in the end it doesn't matter: we needed to win, we wanted to win and we won."

Torsten Frings (Darmstadt coach): "Obviously we're disappointed because we had high hopes going into the game. We were good at the back but weren't bold enough going forward. It's frustrating but all we can do is keep working. I can only keep saying that we won't give up."

Watch: Mario Gomez discusses his goal and the win over Darmstadt:

Bremen 3-0 Leipzig

Alexander Nouri (Werder Bremen coach): "That was essentially a very good team performance. All credit to my team. We rewarded our fans with our performance today. It’s tight in the table so there’s no room for carelessness.”

Ralph Hasenhüttl (Leipzig coach): "We had good chances in the first half, and we should’ve been able to reward ourselves with a goal. The first two goals were unfortunate to concede. Werder did that well. In the end, it was all or nothing. We’re just not getting that bit of luck on our side. Now it’s about using the international break well and recovering our strength.”

Dortmund 1-0 Ingolstadt

Gonzalo Castro (Borussia Dortmund midfielder): “You could tell that we were mentally and physically very tired – we’ve had a tough last couple of weeks. Ingolstadt weren’t bad at all. We had to be wide awake for 90 minutes to see out the win. I’ve got the international break to recuperate now. It’s been an important week for me, but it’s gone perfectly with the wins over Lotte [in the DFB Cup] and Ingolstadt and of course my contract extension.”

Roman Bürki (Dortmund goalkeeper): “Ingolstadt did very well. They worked incredibly hard, they defended well, they were physical and won a lot of second balls. That’s why we had a hard time getting into the game. We scored with one of our few decent attacks. Shinji did superbly in the build-up, Schmelzer’s cross was excellent and Aubameyang’s finish was sublime. I’m happy to have won and that we’ve kept a clean sheet.”

Maik Walpurgis (Ingolstadt coach): “I’ve just congratulated my players on an excellent performance. We were spot on tactically against one of the best teams in the Bundesliga. We’re on the right track, but we need to do better in front of goal. We snatched at our chances today when we should have had more confidence in our abilities. We forced Dortmund into errors high up the pitch, but we should have been more organised for their goal.”

Hoffenheim 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen

Sandro Wagner (Hoffenheim forward): "It was my goal! But the important thing is we won, that is what really mattered today. I've not scored for a long time now, which is why this was so good for me today. Leverkusen are a top team with a lot of quality. It was a very difficult game with two teams who were both good in attack."

Sebastian Rudy (Hoffenheim defender): "It wasn't our best game of the season, but in the second half we pretty much did what we wanted to do. We played better then and that is when we got our goal. Before the break, we'd been helping Leverkusen by giving the ball away too easily but then we tried to control things better in the second half and Leverkusen didn't see as much of the ball, which means we did a good job."

Tayfun Korkut (Leverkusen coach): "Congratulations to Hoffenheim. It wasn't an easy game, but we played an almost perfect first half. All that we were lacking was a goal to tip the balance in our favour. Apart from the fact we didn't score, there's nothing else negative I can say about my team's performance. Their goal knocked the stuffing out of us a bit and we couldn't craft any more attacks, yet we still had the chance to level in the dying seconds. Given our first-half performance, we would have deserved a point, but we know that only goals count."

Augsburg 1-1 Freiburg

Manuel Baum (Augsburg coach): "We made an impression on this game and would have deserved to win it. We conceded in a phase when we were heaping the pressure in them, but we showed we can take it on the chin. I'm very positive after this game because I didn't know how my team would react to the 3-0 defeat to Schalke, but this is something we can build on. We're just focusing on ourselves, and I can say we're heading in the right direction."

Christian Streich (Freiburg coach): "Augsburg were better than us in the first half; they were better than us in the tackle. We couldn't get into the game, but then we started to find more room from about 50 minutes in, but even then we didn't put our passes together well enough and our decision-making was poor. We could have got more from this game, but we've got to be happy with a point because we didn't play well."

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