Bayern Munich | Nagelsmann under pressure before BVB duel: “We have to win”

Title race and relegation battle in the Bundesliga continue to come to a head. Hertha BSC and VfB Stuttgart are suffering in the basement, but the biggest change was at the top: The new leader is Borussia Dortmund after a thrashing victory against Cologne – also thanks to a bankruptcy of FC Bayern. The votes for the 25th matchday:

FSV Mainz 05 – SC Freiburg 1:1

Bo Svensson (Coach FSV Mainz 05): “It’s good that we scored, we’re happy about it. But we have to be critical about the last two games. The way we played in the second half is far, far from what we expected. We’ve got ourselves a a bit let down.”

Christian Streich (Coach SC Freiburg): “When you see the energy coming onto the pitch at Mainz, if you don’t do everything to counter it, then you’ll be eaten up here. The team put all their energy onto the pitch and were mentally strong. I can’t be terribly unhappy. If When a team performs like that after the unfortunate defeat against Juve, I can only take my hat off.”

Bayer Leverkusen – Bayern Munich 2:1

Xabi Alonso (Trainer Bayer Leverkusen): “It’s incredible for us, the win, the performance. To win against Bayern, the best team in Europe, you have to do it perfectly in almost every area. We succeeded. We played intensely, but also very very good. It was a deserved win for us, it was important.”

Julian Nagelsmann (Coach FC Bayern Munich) …

… about the game: “Leverkusen deserved to win. We were the worse team except for the last ten minutes. In the first half we did a lot on our own. We didn’t have much power on the field. We don’t have a good game made and deserved lost.”

… on the reasons for the defeat: “We have recently made steps forward in the pairing of emotions and quality. But today we were sluggish, we won very few duels and then it is always difficult, away anyway. We had There were only a few phases where we had three or four passes in a row. It took us too long to adjust and then later defended far too deep. Overall, we were just not good today.

… on the upcoming duel with BVB: “We have to win the game, otherwise it will be difficult to win the championship.”

…on the penalty decisions: “I saw relatively quickly that both were penalties. Players might have been in front of them, but they definitely weren’t swallows.”

Thomas Müller (Captain FC Bayern Munich) …

… about the game: “Leverkusen did very well today, they were very toxic. They are usually a strong team, but today they were very uncomfortable, especially against the ball. Unfortunately, we have little of what we did last made us strong. We lost a lot of balls again very quickly. We still took the lead with a nice attack. Looking at the game as a whole, the defeat is unfortunately deserved.”

… on the changes: “We made some defensive adjustments in the first half, but it took us too long as a team to implement that. The stadium was very loud and we didn’t have a quiet minute to discuss it Regardless of that, Leverkusen was just more toxic and bilious today.

…on the penalty decisions: “In both cases it’s a clear foul. We don’t need to discuss the referee’s decisions, there are other issues.”

… on the question of where Bayern are: “In any case, FC Bayern is not where it should be in the Bundesliga. It was a very important game. We knew that beforehand, but we didn’t have it during the 90 minutes We have to ask ourselves a few questions. We want to get through the international break without injury and then we’ll have a real hit with Dortmund.

Joshua Kimmich (goal scorer FC Bayern Munich) …

… about the game: “In general, it wasn’t enough for us in many areas today and we still go into half-time 1-0. We feel like we’re playing a better second half, but then lose it with two penalties, which is very It’s annoying. The bottom line is that we didn’t deserve to win the game today. I don’t see anything positive in today’s game.”

… on the offensive: “It’s difficult to create ten clear chances in every game. We take the lead and sometimes that has to be enough. We then had a few more chances and Leverkusen didn’t have that many chances either. There was relatively little on either side, but when you’re 1-0 up you also have to have the coolness to bring the game over time.”

… on the next few weeks: “A lot will be decided in the weeks after the break. We have Dortmund, Freiburg twice and Manchester City twice. Then we’ll see where we stand.”

Union Berlin – Eintracht Frankfurt (2-0)

Urs Fischer (Trainer Union Berlin): “We started well and had access for the first few minutes. Then we lost the thread a bit and made a few tactical adjustments. I think the organization was clear again. I do think that we have this face, what we think of ourselves also demanded, saw. Maybe a lucky win too, but I do think the team put a lot into it.”

Oliver Glasner (Eintracht Frankfurt coach): “Had ifs and buts. I’m cautious because anything I say today can and will be used against me. And that’s why it’s better to keep my mouth shut today.”

Borussia Dortmund – 1. FC Cologne (6:1)

Edin Terzic (Trainer Borussia Dortmund): “Every win is important. Of course, the mood wasn’t great last week – but we’ve got 28 of the last 30 points in the league. It was a successful and enjoyable evening, it was a really good game from goalkeeper to striker . We can all praise.”

Steffen Baumgart (Coach 1. FC Cologne): “Everything didn’t work out. We got our ass full. I don’t want to go into individual stories: We weren’t as good as Dortmund in every respect. We have to deal with that, especially me, because I’m responsible.”

VfB Stuttgart – VfL Wolfsburg (0:1)

Bruno Labbadia (coach VfB Stuttgart): “We didn’t gain access in the first half. We didn’t behave very well tactically. Wolfsburg are a good team, they’re well-rehearsed, Niko did a good job. In the second half we decided to be a lot more courageous up front We had to attack a few times but we didn’t have the punch.”

Niko Kovac (Coach VfL Wolfsburg): “I’m very happy with the performance and the result. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. But we didn’t allow anything worth mentioning. We can be very happy today.”

VfL Bochum – RB Leipzig (1:0)

Thomas Letsch (coach VfL Bochum): “We conceded little, defended well overall and deservedly went 0-0 at half-time. We knew we wouldn’t get many chances to score, so standards were an issue. I’m pleased that we’ve managed to do that. In the last ten It was wild for a few minutes, then came an outstanding Manuel Riemann.”

Marco Rose (Trainer RB Leipzig): “It turned out to be the game we expected: Bochum at home with a lot of energy, a lot of power in the duels. We defended very well over long stretches, not allowing much. A simple standard goal conceded, then it will be natural in Bochum difficult. We pushed again from the back, played power play, but didn’t take advantage of our huge chances. It ended up being a disappointing defeat.”

FC Augsburg – Schalke 04 (1:1)

Enrico Maassen (FC Augsburg coach): “We were a slightly better team up to the goal in an intense battle. The red card was the crux of the matter, after that it was just a matter of defending it away. We did that very well. The moment when we get the penalty is then very angry. The minimum goal was to keep Schalke at bay, and we did that.”

Thomas Reis (Schalke 04 coach): “In the first half, I completely lacked conviction in my team, I addressed that very clearly at half-time. We were second winners every time we played the second ball, which was very, very annoying. Then we invited Augsburg to score a goal The red card helped us a lot, but we solved it very, very badly there too. But we never gave up, we’re happy to take the point and we don’t have to be ashamed of it.”

TSG Hoffenheim – Hertha BSC (3:1)

Pellegrino Matarazzo (Trainer TSG Hoffenheim): “We came into the game very cautiously. We grew with the opening goal. I’m happy for the team that they got their reward.”

Sandro Schwarz (Hertha BSC coach): “It was a fully deserved defeat. We didn’t perform well and gave gifts. The penalties were clear. We didn’t react well after that.”

Borussia Monchengladbach – Werder Bremen (2:2)

Daniel Farke (Borussia Monchengladbach coach): “We deserved the win, so the late equalizer feels like a loss. We played a first-class game, created a lot of chances. But you also have to create chances. Who knows, maybe this point will still be valuable, too when it just doesn’t feel like it.”

Ole Werner (Werder Bremen coach): “We started with a lot of handicaps and had to do without an incredible number of players. In the second half we certainly had less time. But we came back twice, that commands a lot of respect from me. All in all, it was a well-deserved point for them Circumstances.”


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