James Rodriguez, Batshuayi, Heynckes, Boateng, Zentner: the best Bundesliga quotes of the season
It has been another vintage Bundesliga season, with the number of wisecracks to the cameras off the pitch the only match for the number of goals flying in on the pitch.
In that spirit, bundesliga.com has selected some of the season’s best, most memorable quotes.
“We’ve dropped two points again today” – Kevin-Prince Boateng after Eintracht Frankfurt lost 1-0 at home to Wolfsburg on Matchday 2.
“Well, I’m German” – Hoffenheim’s Nico Schulz on if he has any hopes for a Germany call-up.
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“I didn’t overreact, I just used a swear word” – Freiburg coach Christian Streich on being sent to the stands in his side’s 2-0 defeat to Schalke on Matchday 28.
“He looks like a 50-year-old, but plays like he’s 28” – Javi Martinez on Bayern third-choice keeper Tom Starke.
“I didn’t think we’d turn it around. I asked the fourth official after 25 minutes if we could reduce the game to 70 minutes” – Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco after after his side came from four goals down to draw 4-4 at Borussia Dortmund.
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“I saw the goal on TV and watched him putting it down. I didn’t watch any more because I thought the lads would make sure he left it alone” – Borussia Mönchengladbach coach Dieter Hecking on Christoph Kramer’s free-kick against Wolfsburg.
“I got into the lift this morning and an elderly couple noticed I had a shopping bag with a Bayern Munich badge on it. She said: ‘Oh, you’re a Bayern Munich fan?’ ‘Yes, sure!’ I responded” – Jupp Heynckes, Bayern coach
“It didn’t really go according to plan, but he did finish it fantastically” – Thomas Müller on Niklas Süle’s own-goal against Cologne on Matchday 33.
“He’s won more trophies than I have boxers or polo shirts in my wardrobe” – Julian Nagelsmann on comparisons with Carlo Ancelotti.
“You get fined if you’re home before 4am!” – Boateng following Frankfurt’s 1-0 DFB Cup semi-final win against Schalke.
“It’s actually mad how many goals he scores. I don’t think I score as many goals in training as he does in a game” – Sandro Wagner on Cristiano Ronaldo.
“If Nils plays from the start, then he can’t be brought on. That’s a fact” – Streich on supersub Nils Petersen.
“My wife told me I should have had an operation like this years ago” – Stuttgart skipper Christian Gentner
“I was really struggling on Friday and Saturday, and I crawled into bed at quarter past three. Do you know when I woke up? Just after seven – the game against Schalke was 35 minutes in! I felt a bit bad” – Heynckes on missing Bayern’s Matchday 22 2-1 win against Schalke due to illness.
“I went specially to the library to look for the book titled ‘How do you beat Bayern?’ I couldn’t find it” – Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai.
“The ball came back to me with a bit of spin and out of the corner of my eye I saw something white and thought it was the ball. It was in fact the penalty spot and the ball was somewhere else! I tried to play a pass to Jean [Gbamin] and then realised the ball’s not there” – Mainz goalkeeper Robin Zentner on his air-kick against Gladbach.
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“My daughter and my wife advised me to do it, and then Cando [his dog] barked twice. That was that, really” – Heynckes on coming out of retirement to save Bayern’s season.
“There’s not really one that fits my thin biceps. I suppose I’ll have to work out a bit more” – Müller on wearing the Bayern armband.
“In my eyes I’m the best German striker. And without relying on statistics, as I couldn’t care less about those. To me, it’s just important that my performance is up to standard” – Wagner after his first goal back in Bayern colours.
“I’d seen the boys go off to celebrate in the corner and they weren’t paying attention to the assistant referee. Then I switched off and wanted to go and drink. I think that’s the last time I leave my water bottle in my goal” – Duisburg goalkeeper Mark Flekken.
“He used his left leg today; normally he just uses that for standing” – Heynckes on Müller’s second goal of the season.
“After a few beers, definitely” – Schalke’s Ralf Fährmann on whether he would sleep that night after an error allowed Werder Bremen to run out 2-1 winners at the Veltins Arena on Matchday 21.
“Everyone feels like I’m just kidding around – [that] I’m joking. But I’m serious. I’m actually going back to Dortmund in a couple of weeks to work with them for three more weeks just to assess myself at a better level – to see what level I’m at or what I need to do, or if I can” – Usain Bolt, Dortmund trialist.
“It was about as good as my garden” – Mario Götze on Gladbach’s pitch for the Matchday 23 clash.
“English ancestry; Malta by merit options” – Leon Bailey‘s international options according to a source close to the player.
“We’re going to drink Düsseldorf dry!” – Fortuna Düsseldorf striker Rouwen Hennings after sealing promotion.
“Tactics are important, because otherwise we’d be playing as we did at under-13 level and all just chasing the ball around. That doesn’t make any sense. But for me the most important thing, tactically speaking, is how the coach envisions how you play. You can then use that as a reference point, without becoming obsessed by it. After all, it’s we players who are out there on the pitch and football is still all about inspiration, creativity and having fun” – Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder Julian Brandt.