VfL Wolfsburg, the German Excuses Champion

Out of the green table from the DFB Cup because of mistakes in substitution. Out of the Champions League as the bottom of the group, it wasn’t even enough for the Europa League. Down in the Bundesliga table to 13th place. If FC Augsburg wins the catch-up game against Mainz on Wednesday, VfL Wolfsburg slips down to 14th place. But you have to let Lower Saxony have one thing.

Wolfsburg is the German excuses champion

At 0: 3 in Augsburg, Wolfsburg ran almost ten kilometers less than the hosts. Sports director Jörg Schmadtke (57) choked off questions about this in the press conference: “Perhaps it was also noticed that we had 60 percent possession of the ball.”

With 60 percent ball possession, it was noticeable that 80 percent of the Wolfsburg pros could not do anything profitable with the game machine. Schmadtke still scratched the admission curve, but to add another disgraceful explanation.

Schmadtke: “Nevertheless, we ran too little to keep up. No question at all. Our problem is that we’re coming here without a head coach. Of course that also affects the team.”

Should obviously mean: Because Florian Kohfeldt (39) is corona isolated in the home office seated, the players were unable to perform an elementary part of their profession properly.

The lack of professional practice since the summer of 2021 has led the VfL Wolfsburg squad to where they never wanted to see themselves again. The wolves are in the relegation battle and are currently an underperformer there.

Schmadtke’s explanation for why relegation is still prevented: “On the one hand, we still have a five-point lead over the really complicated places and, on the other hand, we have an individual quality that we obviously have to call upon.”

So that “individual quality” that led VfL from first place after four games down to the bottom of the league. In the form table from the fifth to the 28th matchday, the Wolfsburg occupies 17th place with 19 points.

At least six laps before the end of the season, important insights are coming to VfL. Schmadtke: “I think that in the relegation battle we have to understand that we have to defend ourselves a lot more, that we have to be clearer in many actions.”

This also includes not moaning at each other on the pitch. Just like Lukas Nmecha (23) and Max Kruse (34), whose presence did not cause a playful overweight, did in the 23rd minute after a missed goal chance.

Schmadtke on this: “The mutual support must change and improve significantly. Otherwise we’ll have a bigger problem than what we already have.”

For the umpteenth time in this season, which has been completely botched since the summer of 2021, VfL Wolfsburg is now promising a change. The managing director: “I do believe that the resulting discussions lead to a learning process for the players. I’m pretty sure about it.”

But that should have happened by early March. “The attitude of the team has changed,” praised coach Kohfeldt at the time. Four weeks later, the returned bad posture provided renewed entertainment.

By Editor

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