0:2 – no goal, no point. The next defeat for VfL Wolfsburg. The Lower Saxony fight self-sacrificingly against RB Leipzig – all in vain.
Leipzig – Florian Kohfeldt had to congratulate the opposing coach again, the VfL Wolfsburg players, who had been beaten again, stood on the lawn with empty eyes. RB Leipzig has further exacerbated the sporting crisis in Lower Saxony in the Bundesliga.
The self-sacrificing Kohfeldt team lost 2-0 (0-0) at the German runners-up and has now been waiting for a win for eleven competitive games. And the relegation rank is only two points away. “Shitty” is the feeling he would wake up with on Monday, said Kohfeldt.
“It’s extremely disappointing for us and frustrating,” emphasized Wolfsburg’s sports director Marcel Schäfer at the broadcaster DAZN. Schäfer did not want to question the coach, who replaced the unsuccessful Mark van Bommel last October. During the international break, Kohfeldt should prepare the team for the very important game against the strengthened bottom SpVgg Greuther Fürth. When asked the relevant question, Schäfer answered clearly and unequivocally with “Yes. It is also the case that we want to go through this phase together.”
Between them – Kohfeldt, Schäfer and Sport Managing Director Jörg Schmadtke – there was “maximum trust” and an extremely good exchange in every situation, Kohfeldt assured a little later and added: “The good thing is that we now have the two weeks. Then we will win against Fürth.”
The Wolfsburg team took two out of a possible 27 points, nine of the eleven games without a win were lost. “If you have shit on your feet, it just sucks,” emphasized Wolfsburg’s Maximilian Arnold. “We all gave everything,” said keeper and captain Coen Kasteels: “It’s very bitter.”
Leipzig, meanwhile, achieved their third championship win in a row under head coach Domenico Tedesco, and after the final whistle the coach gave the players a hug after the final whistle on the pitch. “The face we are showing now is our true face,” said midfielder Kevin Kampl. “It was a very good month,” praised RB Managing Director Oliver Mintzlaff.
“Kack gate” to the tour
According to his own statement, Willi Orban scored the lead in the 76th minute in front of 1,000 spectators in the Red Bull Arena with a “shit goal”, Josko Gvardiol made all the remaining hopes of the guests possible with his goal on his 20th birthday in the 84th minute . Minute finally destroyed.
For a long time they hadn’t allowed much. The Wolfsburg shielded their sixteen very well and also had counterattack chances. They just didn’t use them. Aster Vranckx (38th), who replaced Renato Steffen, who was suspended, could not beat Peter Gulacsi with a free kick. Shortly thereafter, he also failed from close range against the Hungarian national goalkeeper.
After the change, the footballing lean but hard-fought game was completely open. Both teams made too many mistakes in the build-up game. Tedesco set new accents in the 55th minute with Lukas Klostermann, Dani Olmo and Tyler Adams. That had an effect. Orban (58th) chased the ball into the net from close range, but it was offside. Not so a few minutes later: After a header from Silva on the post, Orban also headed the ball over the line from one and a half meters – and the goal counted. Gvardiol then followed up – confirmed by the video evidence.
But Kohfeldt’s fifth personal bankruptcy in the Bundesliga against RB also encouraged the coach of the crisis VfL, not the result at all, but the appearance. Up until the 75th minute, they had “performed incredibly well” defensively, but it was okay offensively. “If we lead 1-0 or 2-0 in half, no one can complain,” said Kohfeldt.
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